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Post Reply Is it a good idea for parent to give sex change operations to children experiencing Gender Dysphoria?
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For a major surgery a child should wait until they're a legal adult. A child could probably start the process of transitioning, though (councelling, lifestyle, nonpermanent treatments, etc.).
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An important thing is that the person doing the operation is properly certified and trained to do so. I don't care how necessary or legal the procedure is, you don't want an amateur with a bunch of steak knives doing it.
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Definitely not. Now I'm saying that because a child's body isn't developed enough to be allowed to undergo such a procedure. The risks of something going wrong are higher and before surgery, the person should figure out if they really want to transition. That's why HRT (hormone replacement therapy) should come first.
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No. For the same reason I wouldn't let a child get a tattoo, piercing, circumcision, or any other permanent body change.
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It depends entirely on a case by case basis, in my opinion. Any younger than twelve or thirteen, or whenever the hell puberty starts, and I'll always give an outright no. Not to say that I think twelve is an age where kids will always know exactly what they want, but at least they're getting there. There's little denying that children can be easily impressionable, especially in this day and age, where we're teaching kids to be tolerant of each and every walk of life. If a parent were to teach their child about everything lgbt+, and tell them that they'd love them whatever their lifestyle choice, it's not entirely implausible that a child would take that as a hint, become more confused and not know what the hell they want to be, than if they were just left alone to figure things out for themselves. I'd say it could be a double-edged sword, at times.

I'd say that's really my only real issue. I don't doubt that a child of only twelve will be able to make such an important, well-informed decision, in some cases, but obviously in that respect, the older the better. At the same time, though, I do think the younger the better, since they can start transitioning just as puberty starts fucking with them, and they'll become more accustomed to their identity from starting out younger.
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