Christin Scarlett Milloy says calling a baby a “boy” or a “girl” at birth is like playing Russian roulette with your baby’s life. Why? Because what if your baby grows up to disagree with the gender they were assigned at birth? Milloy says that such children grow up depressed and perhaps suicidal. Milloy’s argues, therefore, that we should not risk a child’s well-being by assigning him/her a gender at birth. Instead, we should just let them figure it out for themselves.
Milloy says it’s “insidious” and cruel for a doctor delivering a baby to say “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” Milloy writes:
Obstetricians, doctors, and midwives commit this procedure on infants every single day, in every single country. In reality, this treatment is performed almost universally without even asking for the parents’ consent, making this practice all the more insidious. It’s called infant gender assignment: When the doctor holds your child up to the harsh light of the delivery room, looks between its legs, and declares his opinion: It’s a boy or a girl, based on nothing more than a cursory assessment of your offspring’s genitals.
With infant gender assignment, in a single moment your baby’s life is instantly and brutally reduced from such infinite potentials down to one concrete set of expectations and stereotypes, and any behavioral deviation from that will be severely punished—both intentionally through bigotry, and unintentionally through ignorance. That doctor (and the power structure behind him) plays a pivotal role in imposing those limits on helpless infants, without their consent, and without your informed consent as a parent. This issue deserves serious consideration by every parent, because no matter what gender identity your child ultimately adopts, infant gender assignment has effects that will last through their whole life.
After I read this article, I wondered if this moral insanity really needed any commentary. After all, has the cultural mainstream really moved so off-kilter as to accept the asinine suggestion that it’s cruel to treat little boys like boys and little girls like girls?
We are indeed watching the transgender revolution unfold before our very eyes. This is what happens when gender identity is severed from its natural connection to sexual identity. Gender revisionists like Milloy simply assume that your biological sex should not define who you are. Having male reproductive organs doesn’t necessarily make you boy, and having female reproductive organs doesn’t necessarily make you a girl. If you feel your gender identity to be at variance with your sexual identity, then trust your feelings not your body. You are what you feel, not what God made you to be.
And that is what is at the root of this latest stage of the sexual revolution. The sexual revolutionaries are in open rebellion against a God who made us in His image as male and female—a binary that the Lord Jesus himself affirmed as normative (Matt. 19:4). So this conversation is not merely a secular argument about words. It’s a spiritual struggle for the truth of who we are and who God is. Contrary to Milloy’s claims, denying those truths by denying bodily identity does not lead to human wholeness and flourishing. It undermines them.
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