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Sex changes in children - October 5th 2011, 10:26 PM

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So this semester I'm taking a sociology course on gender and sexuality in society. We recently covered transgendered people and the crimes against them etc, but most of this was about adults.
I bought up a documentry that was shown a little while ago on English TV ... as part of the Body Shock series. The show explored the idea of children as young as 11 starting hormone replaecment therapy to prevent puberty so they could later have a sex change. I found the show really interesting and agree with the idea of choice if the child is clearly tormented by gender dysphoria.
However, many people in my class thought it was awful, and that gender reassignment should only be done in adults. I know there's a chance that they might change their minds, but when a child is so determined to change their gender that they try to do so themselves, surely that shows a real problem, not just a phase??
Here's part 1 of the documentry on youtube ... it's really interesting and at points pretty moving if you have time to watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4woW5ViUqK0
What does everyone else think? Should children have the right to choose gender reassignment at the age of 11?


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Re: Sex changes in children - October 5th 2011, 10:33 PM

I'm going to say no, although I am completely open to allowing a transgender child to live as the gender they feel most comfortable I don't think surgery before age 18 is appropriate. There's the possibility that they might change their minds, but also do we know the long term effects of this on growing kids? I'm thinking most doctors wouldn't consider surgery until the child is fully grown anyway. As for the hormone replacement I'm not sure.


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Re: Sex changes in children - October 5th 2011, 10:41 PM

Yeah I wouldn't mess with a kids hormones until they are at least 18. It's just not safe.


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Re: Sex changes in children - October 6th 2011, 01:42 AM

I would have always said the same until I saw this ... kids who go through puberty have a very hard time changing afterwards, boys develop a wider frame, adams apple etc, things that can't then be changed with surgery like genitals can.
I don't know about the actual surgery being done until they have finished puberty, because if they then decide not to at say 18, they can stop HRT and maybe regain some elements of puberty. And they would still have the biological sex they were born with.
I just think making kids through puberty, denying them HRT, when they are suffering from obvious psychological problems because of it isn't fair :/


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