Previously I mentioned my reaction to one set of reactions to Caitlyn Jenner; here, again for posterity, I wanted to paste another reaction to another set of reactions to Caitlyn Jenner.
This one comes from the illustrious John Keogh, a man of many smarts:
One of the most common reactions I see coming from the transphobic crowd in reaction to Caitlyn Jenner coming out is the tired old trope:
“But think of the children! This will hurt the children! You do care about the children, don’t you?”
These people fear that coming out publicly will subject a trans person’s children to scorn and ridicule.
But it’s transphobic people who heap that scorn and ridicule on them in the first place. It’s a result of the culture of intolerance and fear that they maintain and nurture.
The harm done to children here is on their shoulders. It’s not the fault of any trans people.
Transphobic folk are worried that having a trans parent or other trans adults in their lives will confuse children.
Over the years, I’ve interacted with a lot of kids from many different walks of life. The vast majority of kids that I know have no problem comprehending the idea of more than two genders. It really isn’t that confusing.
If there’s confusion here, it’s because transphobic people persist in maintaining a society that refuses to accept more than two gender identities. The confusion isn’t inherent in the concept of a gender spectrum, but in the artificial contradictions generated between the reality of a gender spectrum and the transphobic’s insistently dualistic worldview.
So, again – any harm done to children on this front is the fault of the transphobic crowd. It’s not the fault of any trans people.
None of this is anything more than bullies blaming the victims.
Again, comments are always open and welcome, but do try not to say anything you’ll regret later.