Upon hearing about the story concerning a lawsuit filed in South Carolina by the Crawfords, I was upset, and concerned about their now eight-year old child, that identifies himself as a male, despite having sexual assignment surgery as a toddler to “make” him into a female.
Here’s a quote from the article on this story from ABC 30:
Lawyers for Pam and Mark Crawford said Tuesday they were suing the Department of Social Services for having irreversible surgery performed on a 16-month-old child they eventually adopted and raised as a girl.
The child was born in 2004 with both male and female genitalia and placed in state custody after the termination of parental rights, according court papers. At the age of 16 months, doctors removed the child’s male genitalia, leaving the toddler with female parts, according to court papers.
I would like to know who made and authorized the decision to perform the sexual assignment surgery on this child. I would also like to know, why it was decided that he should become female.
I feel that intersexed humans are a third gender, not a natural disaster, as some may feel. I also think intersexed persons are phenomenal beings, extraordinary examples of living organisms. There are other intersexed living organisms in nature as well, like Earthworms. Of course, I can imagine that there are struggles that come along with being intersexed, like having the world decide that you have to be a boy or a girl…not both.
If a child is born a hermaphrodite, why not allow the child to be, until they’re of legal age to decide whether or not they’d like to become male, female, or neither? I feel it’s against the child’s rights to force something as life altering as a gender change procedure onto them. The case of the Crawfords is a fine example of this. How will they ever be able to help their son heal from the state’s reckless decision? If the boy accepted his feminine body parts, and felt like a girl, than I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t even be discussing the issue of sexual assignment surgery on intersexed persons.
Why can’t American society accept intersexed humans? Why not create a third gender group? If a high school in Thailand can accommodate its transgendered student population by creating an additional bathroom, why can’t we, as a society, accept transgendered and intersexed persons? I know we’re coming along with the struggle of marriage equality in the US, but what about the fight for the intersexed children?
No one should be allowed, government or not, to decide what a child’s gender should be. It’s not anyone’s, aside from the child’s, decision to make.