A musical duo is gaining considerable attention after releasing an album celebrating children who identify as transgender or “nonbinary.”
In an interview with NPR, the artists also give startling insight into the affirmation-only mindset—an approach that only affirms a child’s belief that he or she is actually the opposite sex and shuns any treatment of gender dysphoria as a mental illness—even suggesting that children can “know their gender” as early as age 2.
Julie Be and Anya Rose put out an open call for “songs that reflect the trans and nonbinary experience, use gender neutral pronouns or use humor to talk about gender,” NPR reports, resulting in an album of children’s music called “Trans & Nonbinary Kids Mix.”
Be and Rose hope to reach children from elementary school-age up through early high school with their music.
“Be says that older kids will hear the music in a more nuanced way,” NPR notes, “but that we need to give kids in the lower age range more credit, too.”
“I think people underestimate the ability for younger kids to know about gender,” they say. “There’s a lot of research that shows that kids know what their gender is, even around age 2.”
It is worth noting that NPR links to an article on “gender identity” in children by the Mayo Clinic to support Be and Rose’s claim, but the highlighted portion of the article only says the following:
Most children typically develop the ability to recognize and label stereotypical gender groups, such as girl, woman and feminine, and boy, man and masculine, between ages 18 and 24 months. Most also categorize their own gender by age 3 years.
Be and Rose’s dangerously cherry-picked statement that children could nail down their “gender identity” as early as age 2 is further contradicted when the Mayo Clinic goes on to assure parents not to “rush to label your child. Over time your child will continue to tell you what feels right.”
As for the album, NPR continues:
Songs like “Be Who You Are” and “Shine Bright” tackle finding love and support in affirming a kid’s identity from their perspective; others, like “Daughter” by Ryan Cassata, tell a story aimed more towards adults. Be says they wanted to show kids and adults what the other might be thinking, but also stressed the importance of parents being open to conversation, even at a young age.
“You can’t tell a kid to not think about something,” Be says of an ideal parental approach to gender-dysphoric children. “I would say in general, if a parent is uncomfortable with talking about anything big like this, like how a kid identifies, you are missing a big opportunity to connect with your child, to love your child and support your child. That’s a big problem, gender aside.”
While it’s fair to note that children and parents should have open lines of communication about even the most uncomfortable of issues, Be and Rose’s album is yet another startling reminder of the pseudoscientific, affirmation-only environment in which parents of children with gender dysphoria are trapped.
When our children are exposed to the notion of gender fluidity and gender theory, which we’ve reported in the past is a virulent social contagion, our only options are to wholeheartedly affirm whatever “identity” they invent—including the irreversible medical treatments that may come with it—or risk losing our parental rights.
This album may seem like a cute and sweet way to talk with children about the hot topic of the day, but it is little more than a Trojan horse.
Don’t fall for it, saints.
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