So it would seem the matter of one’s gender is up for grabs. Now beyond just the stupid global warming debate, we must address the issue of whether or not we are actually born male or female. It’s not just a question of ‘identifying’ as black or female but also with actually being male or female at all. How did an issue that seemed to be so cut and dry biologically throughout millennia become the forefront of any debate?
Perhaps you’ve never heard the term “intersex.” I hadn’t. I thought maybe it had to do with what folks do in front of their computers in their darkened rooms. But I’m old fashioned.
The term “intersex” refers to humans who are born with sex traits — either external or internal — that don’t fall neatly into the biological categories of “male” and “female.”
As Buzzfeed reports, an estimated 1 in every 2,000 babies are born with traits that doctors would classify as intersex, though some experts say the real number is even higher.
When these babies are born, in the U.S. and elsewhere, it’s common medical practice to operate on them to make their genitalia appear more typically male or female.
However, naturally there is a group of activists who resent this “gender assignment” and say the surgery is medically unnecessary, wholly based on social fears and can cause physical or psychological harm — all without the patient’s consent.
And surprise, surprise. Now the United Nations, that august organization, has convened its first meeting to address the issue of human rights violations against people with ambiguous genitalia, also known as intersex.
The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights meeting, held in Geneva, builds off a 2013 report by the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on Torture calling on the world’s nations to outlaw “genital normalizing” surgeries on intersex individuals.
“Too many people assume, without really thinking about it, that everyone can be fitted into two distinct and mutually exclusive categories: male or female,” said Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the U.N.’s high commissioner for human rights, in his opening remarks.
“Such violations are rarely discussed and even more rarely investigated or prosecuted,” Hussein said. “The result is impunity for the perpetrators, lack of remedy for victims, and a perpetuating cycle of ignorance and abuse.”
Really? This is what the United Nations has its collective knickers in a twist about? Not the rape of young girls carried out by ISIS?
This discussion is going to open up a whole can of worms that will undoubtedly take us farther to the left. Are people born this way? Of course they are. Should they be discriminated against? Of course not. Just like every other person on the planet, they should be allowed and expected to make their own decisions without persecution.
But what I fear is going to happen is that these cases will be transformed into something that has nothing to do with human rights. These cases will be used by activists in the LGBT community which has truly nothing to do with them or the choices they make.
Intersex people have a biological condition and they will ultimately have to make the decision to have surgery if they want, or not. It’s up to them.
In my opinion, just as you shouldn’t let a child at the age of 5 decide if he or she is male or female, doctors should not make a parent choose to operate on a baby to make “it” male or female. It’s just wrong — unless there’s some sort of dangerous situation going on medically. I’m sure many will disagree with me on this point, but I have to be consistent here.
Many on the right have complained about stories like this one where parents have actually started letting children as young as 5 decide to live a life different from the sex they were born – or with no sex at all.
But if we don’t want children making a decision that affects the rest of their lives, then how can we decide for a baby what sex it will be if it is intersex?
But why are we even having these discussions now? Aren’t there more important issues facing our nation and our globe?
Calgon take me away.
[Note: This article was written by Earl Hall]