Blogger Predictably Claims Transgender Kids Are Just ‘Confused’
Matt Walsh is constantly saying really dumb things, so I shouldn’t be surprised at his latest manifesto of stupid, This Poor Child Is Confused, Not ‘Transgendered.’ On behalf of everyone with a brain, I would like to tell Matt Walsh to STFU.
He’s referring to a story that’s recently made national headlines, of parents Jeff and Hillary Whittington,Â who embraced their transgender child, Ryland, and allowed him to express who he really is – at five years old. Walsh thinks there’s no difference between a young child who likes things that people may perceive go against his gender – and a child who is transgender. There is a difference, Matt. And I assure you Ryland’s parents have researched the difference beyond your flippant comments – comments that are based on nothing but the belief that a child is nothing but a vessel you fill with all of the things you want him to become. I hate to break it to you, but that’s not how human beings work.
This child didnâ€™t â€˜chooseâ€™ her gender. She didnâ€™t choose to cut her hair and dress like a boy.Â Kids that age can only wear what you put on them, sport the haircut you assign them, play with the toys you give them, and mostly believe what you tell them they should believe.Â Tell them thereâ€™s a magical fat man who flies down the chimney to bring them presents every Christmas, and theyâ€™ll believe it. Tell them that they get to choose their own gender like itâ€™s an ice cream flavor at Baskin Robbins, and theyâ€™ll believe it. Their reality is whatever you construct for them.
First of all, Ryland identifies as a boy. Stop referring to him as a her. Next – do you have any idea what young children who are transgender go through? What they think? What they feel? This is not the same thing as being a young girl who happens to like trucks. Gender identity is something we all form for ourselves at a very young age. Knowing your gender identity does not match up with your physical body is something that transgender people are aware of very, very young.
Ryland showed signs of being transgender because she didnâ€™t like girly toys and she didnâ€™t like to wear dresses. My first thought is that maybe sheâ€™s a girl who just doesnâ€™t like girly toys or dresses. But apparently girly toys and dresses are so important to the female identity that you lose the identity when you reject the toys and dresses…
Rylandâ€™s parents took a silly thing that a toddler said and indulged it. They fed it. They snatched it out of fantasyland and made it real. Before long, poor Ryland was in the throes of a full-on identiy[sic] crisis.
You can’t change who a person truly is. The reason there is such a high rate of suicide for young transgender people is because they do not get the support they need from those around them – and are not allowed to feel truly comfortable with who they are. Ryland will grow up loved, accepted and supported – and just because your little brain can’t wrap itself around the idea that all people are not the same, doesn’t mean Ryland’s parents aren’t doing the absolute best for their child right now.
Ryland will have an uphill battle for sure, mostly due to small-minded individuals like Walsh. But with the support of his family, we can hope that he learns from an early age that someone else’s view of who you should be means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things.