If little kids undergoing sex/gender changes isn't a topic that poses questions about queering, I don't know what is.
The topic is gaining momentum faster than many people can bear to handle, and so they either completely fumble around the issue or choose to say nothing at all. After all, when you look outside of the liberal urban/UMN bubble we live in, it's readily apparent that we're not even close to the tipping point of adult trans issues being looked at with a respectable eye. The few times they are, most people in the conversation are either overcome with a fear of saying anything not 500% PC, or the need to be so radical that they fail to acknowledge the limitations of real life, thus thwarting many of the efforts that manage to be made (or, at least, that's how I see it). All of this gets magnified to an incomprehensible level when you're talking about kids.
This isn't necessarily something that angers me to the point of saying "Oh f---" like Sara's format, but the discussions often frustrate me to the point that I can't begin to bother a lot of the timeThere's clearly a very tight rope that needs to be walked here, and there are (rightfully, given the dynamic nature of childhood) many more restrictions on how things work with gender-variant children.
--How can we overcome both polar opposites of this argument (i.e. "let EVERYONE do what they want as long as they're happy!" vs. "little kids need to be told who they are, not decide it on their own!")?
--If your child is showing unhappiness in their assigned gender, how do you allow them to explore/express themselves while still protecting them from social dangers AND being a good, realistic, and authoritative parent?
--Given what the (very limited) research tells us about the success (or lack thereof) of children who transitioned, what standards should be created/modified in order to handle this issue effectively?
--What issues regarding gender-variance in children could potentially be handled simply with less BLUE/PINK culture surrounding raising children?
(P.S. The links are in the text!)