News from the gender-wars front

Boy dressed as girl

The following three articles floated across my radar yesterday. I’ll introduce them, but leave you to analyze them.

The first is from a post that a lesbian wrote regarding her discovery that her son is a boy, not just when it comes to external equipment, but when it comes to behavior too:

One of the guiding principles my partner and I are committed to is raising our kids with as few gender limits as possible. Our intent is not to make them genderless or feminine. We only hope that by giving Avie and his little brother, Izzy, the space and support to grow and explore who they are or want to be without oppressive expectations, gender and otherwise, we will promote a foundation of emotional health for them. (This does not mean we’re raising them without any expectations, just that we’re trying to refrain from imposing those that we believe to be oppressive.)

The second reports on a newly released study about kids and daddies:

Growing up without a father could permanently alter the structure of the brain and produce children who are more aggressive and angry, scientists have warned.

Children brought up only by a single mother have a higher risk of developing ‘deviant behaviour’, including drug abuse, new research suggests.

It is also feared that growing up in a fatherless household could have a greater impact on daughters than on sons.

And the third reports on the expectation that ordinary guys will start to follow the fashion world’s push for women’s clothing on men (an older story, from July, but still new to me):

"Manly" halter top

The “manly” halter top

Androgyny and ‘feminine’ looks are all the rage on the men’s catwalks – but will guys actually wear these clothes? Yes they will, predicts Maya Singer.

As I said, I’m not offering any comments. I think these three things speak for themselves.

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  • 11B40

    You will have to take at least some responsibility for causing a flashback to my youth in the Bronx (the definite article does not require capitalization as it does in another somewhat urban area) in the last ’50s and ’60s, wherein it was oft uttered,
    “Izzy is or Izzy ain’t ???”
    God, these Progressives add so many levels of meaning, it’s almost poetic.

  • Charles Martel

    I would have to say that there is a bundle of expectations built into naming a kid Izzy or Avie. These boys will soon enough perceive the meaning of Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue.” Without intending to, the boys’ lesbian upbringers have made sure that they will have to stand and fight or else become hapless little Woody Allens.

  • Libby

    Little boys acting like boys? Duh! Amazing that people can intellectualize themselves out of recognizing basic biology, but that’s what it’s come to today.
    Years ago there was a radio show called “Love Line” where Dr. Drew and Adam Carolla took calls from youngish people requesting assistance with their relationships. The few times I listened I was always amazed at how Dr. Drew could listen to a caller’s problem and immediately recognize not only that they were raised without one parent (and he would specify which one) but could tell the age in which they lost their mom or dad. He could also easily spot victims of sexual assault or abuse. It was so sad to see the lasting effect on so many of the callers’ ability to form healthy relationships.
    We’re no longer allowed to recognize that the traditional family is generally the most stable and safest configuration in which to raise children but it is still true.
    As for men’s fashion, the androgynous look has been embraced with items like skinny jeans, though halter tops are still a bridge too far (thank God!)

  • Matt_SE

    “Yes they will, predicts Maya Singer”
    In related news, stock prices of Maya Singer’s company fell to zero today.

  • Ymarsakar

    People can only waste their energy meddling with these issues because they have no war to fight at home or overseas.
    Energy that is not released internally or externally for certain purposes, festers and then blows up.