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05 December 2007 @ 09:45 pm
Interesting Discourse on The View  

Interesting clip of Walters and the Women of the View discussing gender roles, transgendered identities and the discourse surrounding childhood. Thoughts?

Did anyone see the piece of transgendered children?
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Duncan Major and Alanna Feltcarmel_devine on December 6th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
I think all of the labeling and compartmentalization, particularly at such a critical stage in a child's development, can only do a lot of damage on both a psychological and sociological level. Not to reduce the issue to extreme relativism, but it is quite complex. In a sense, I do like Whoopi's comment about 'letting kids be kids' - insofar as the behaviors and roles we expect children to take on in our culture.

What I do think is harmful is medicalizing the issue; that is, the approach that Barbara was taking. Faygoredpop, you mentioned looking this up in the DSM-IV. 'Sexual and Gender Identity Disorder' is actually listed as a psychological disorder in the DSM-IV; It's outrageous! Homosexuality was considered as such until the 1970s, when another revised edition of the DSM-IV was released. Though I should also mention that the DSM-IV is riddled with problem upon problem, and this is recognized. At the same token though, no one really seems to be doing much about it. It's set to be revised again in 2011, though as far as I know, 'Sexual and Gender Identity Disorder' is still expected to be listed as a legitimate disorder by then.