When we read the David/Brenda article I was especially shocked at the whole secretive process and the things David suffered from. I found it very shocking that so many children were born unknown genders. I think of all the babies that I know have been born and think what if these kids were born unknown? How would I handle this? I like to think I would be totally accepting and that as the child matured the child would make a decision of the life they would lead. Everyone likes to put themselves in to a position and think they would have done the right thing but in reality if is very unrealistic to think that is true.I have babysat my whole life and I think about what I would have done if I was asked to babysit a child with no gender identity, what the parents would have done? Many parents want a daughter or they want a son, they don't want a child that doesn't have a specified gender.
After class I was thinking about it further and I was thinking about all the social turmoil a kid like David would go through. Its sad, but true, that a boy that didn't live up to the "size standards" of other boys would suffer a lot in the locker room. Men (and woman) point out and make fun of others just to put themselves above others.
So why does gender identity have to be such a black and white thing in society? Why can't anyone be accepting of something other than male and female? Everyone that heards the David/Brenda story will talk about how horrifying that is and how someone should never have to go through that. If that was really true then David/Brenda wouldn't have gone through that because he would have been accepted in society no matter what medical accident occured.