Mother Celebrates Turning Her 6-Year-Old Boy Into a Girl
Novelist Laurie Frankel penned an essay for the New York Times this weekend, and readers can only hope that her “Modern Love” tale is as fictional as her usual book-length output. Because anyone of sane mind who reads her story will see how a generation of young boys and girls is about to be ruined by their socially-liberal parents.
Frankel writes of her 6-year-old son, who began wearing a sparkly green dress around the house a few summers ago. The dress, originally given to him as part of a puppet theater wardrobe, soon became his full-time outfit. Frankel and her husband were fine with it, but they started to worry as summer came to a close and first grade loomed in the not-so-distant future.
“It seemed reasonable to say: ‘Wear whatever you’re comfortable in to school. If that’s what you want to wear, you don’t have to keep changing in and out of it,'” Frankel writes. “But it also seemed reasonable to say: ‘Dresses are for play at home only. The dress is fun, but you can’t wear it to first grade.’
“The former had the advantage of being fair, what we believed, and what would make our child happiest,” she continues. “The latter had the advantage of being much less fraught.”
Frankel says that she and her husband decided to do what all responsible parents do when confronted with a major crossroads in the life of their 6-year-old: They left it up to their son to make the call.
“When he woke up on that last day of summer vacation,” she writes, “the first thing he said was that he wanted to wear skirts and dresses to first grade.”
After making sure that her son knew that he was going to be picked on for his decision (but somehow not understanding it herself…), Frankel took her son on a back-to-school shopping spree.
“The fairy skirt and sparkly green dress were play clothes,” Frankel says. “He didn’t have any skirts or dresses that were appropriate for school.”
Mmm-hmm. Frankel, sadly, does not explain exactly which skirts and dresses are “appropriate” for the modern, gender-confused American boy/girl. She does inform us that she bought him a nice pair of “white sandals” to go with his new school clothes, though. How fetching.
So how did it all turn out? Fabulous, how else?
“He – she – never looked back,” she says fondly. “She grew out her hair. She stopped telling people she was a boy in a skirt and she started being a girl in a skirt instead. And we, as a family, decided to be open and honest about it, too, celebrating her story instead of hiding it.”
Wonderful. Hopefully those celebrations don’t turn cold as her son gets older, navigates his way through suicidal depression, dangerous cross-sex hormones, genital mutilation, and mental illness. Hopefully it never occurs to her how astonishingly negligent she was to indulge her child’s not-uncommon delusions – to let her 6-year-old ruin his whole life…for what? To impress her liberal friends? To get some extra publicity for her novels? Hopefully it was worth it.
But if it turns out it wasn’t, hopefully Frankel will come back to the pages of the New York Times and be just as “open and honest” about that. It could save thousands of kids from a similar fate.