I am now going to talk about a controversial subject. One that I’m expecting people to not agree with me on. And that’s ok. You don’t have to agree with me. The purpose of this blog entry is to inform and educate on a particular law that is being proposed in my home state of California, and many other laws that have already passed in places like Canada
Non-binary is a general term for people who don’t identify as strictly male or female. According to Wikipedia these people may be defined as :
- having an overlap of, or indefinite lines between, gender identity;
- having two or more genders (being bigender, trigender, or pangender);
- having no gender (being agender, nongendered, genderless, genderfree or neutrois);
- moving between genders or having a fluctuating gender identity (genderfluid); or
- being third gender or other-gendered, a category which includes those who do not place a name to their gender.
Many countries are now recognizing “non-binary” as a legal way to identify oneself. I am fine with people calling themselves whatever they want. They are adults, it’s there choice. But you can’t change your biology just to fit how you feel. And children, especially pre-pubescent children are in no position to determine there gender, nor should it be legally changed by any parent unless there is a biological reason for it.
I remember when I was in first grade, there had been a news article about a hermaphrodite boy whose parents had chosen to surgically make a girl in infancy… and had chosen wrong. When this story came out my 1st grade class was buzzing with questions. We all started wondering if that could happen to us. Then one kid claimed to be the other gender. Then another. Soon we were all claiming to have really been born the opposite sex. It wasn’t because we thought we were. We were 7yrs old. We didn’t understand. And that’s the point. Children don’t understand these things and it can mess them up well into adult hood. One girl clung to the fantasy for a very long time. Turned out her father beat her regularly because she wasn’t born a boy and this was her way trying to make it stop.
California is in the process of passing the Gender Recognition Act (SB-179 Gender identity: female, male, or non binary.) Which will allow individuals to change their gender between male, female, or non-binary as easily as changing your name… and it also pertains to children. Below is an excerpt of this bill :
(e) (1) If a petitioner is under 18 years of age, the petition shall be signed by either at least one of the petitioner’s parents or any legal guardian of the petitioner, or if both parents are deceased and there is no legal guardian of the petitioner, by either a near relative or friend of the petitioner or as provided in Section 7638 of the Family Code.(A) If a petition filed by a petitioner who is under 18 years of age does not include the signature of both living parents, the petitioner shall serve the living parent who did not sign the petition with notice and an order to show cause pursuant to Section 413.10, 414.10, 415.10, or 415.40 of the Code of Civil Procedure, not less than 30 days after the petition was filed. If service cannot reasonably be accomplished pursuant to Section
415.10 or 415.40 of the Code of Civil Procedure, the court may order that service be given in a manner that the court determines is reasonably calculated to give actual notice to the living parent who did not sign the petition.(B) The order to show cause shall direct the living parent who did not sign the petition to appear before the court at a time and place specified, which shall be not less than 6 weeks nor more than 12 weeks from the time of making the order to show cause, unless the court orders a different time, to show cause why the petition for a court order to recognize a change in the petitioner’s gender as female, male, or nonbinary should not be granted. The order to show cause shall direct the living parent who did not sign the petition to make known any objection to the granting of the petition by filing a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection with the court at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and by appearing in court at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. The order to show cause shall state that if the living parent who did not sign the petition does not timely file a written objection and appear in the court hearing, the court shall grant the petition without a hearing.(2) (A) The court shall grant a petition for a court order to recognize a change in the petitioner’s gender as female, male, or nonbinary filed by a petitioner who is under 18 years of age without a hearing, unless a living parent who was required to be served with notice and an order to show cause in compliance with subparagraph (B) of paragraph (1) timely filed a written objection and appear appears in the court hearing.
(B) The court may deny a petition for a court order to recognize a change in the petitioner’s gender as female, male, or nonbinary filed by a petitioner who is under 18 years of age, if both parents, if living, did not sign the petition, the living parent who did not sign the petition timely filed a written objection and appear appeared in the court hearing, and the court, after holding a hearing on the matter, finds that the change of gender is not in the best interest of the petitioner.
If I am reading this right, the movie Ladybugs could legally happen.
Other fallout problems will include:
- Draft dodging (personally, I think both boys and girls should be made to sign up).
- parents changing their children’s gender to apply for scholarships, sports teams, etc.
- any statistics involving gender (grades, sports, areas of study) would be useless (personally I find that funny considering the debate about women in the sciences. that statistic will be completely obsolete with more guys claiming to be girls to get
- kids growing up not knowing what gender they really are.
Blaire White made an amazing video on this topic. She, herself, is trans and understands better than most what it feels like growing up the “wrong” gender.
I invite you to explore her videos more if this topic interests you.
And please, take the time to read the CA Bill on your own and make your own decisions.