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I may be understating this just a bit, but we are living in weird times. Young people needing “safe spaces” so they don’t feel harmed by words or ideas. Politicians and the media trying to get people to believe someone who put up topless and nude photos of herself on a swingers website is a victim of “revenge porn.” A blogger who puts things in quotation marks more frequently than Nancy Pelosi takes Yaeger shots during the work week.

Then, there’s the story of 7 year old James Younger, a boy in the middle of a legal and social struggle involving transgender rights. James’ mother wanted to give him drugs that would delay his biological maturity as a means to have him transition into being female. His father, on the other hand, objected to it for various reasons. Due to a recent court decision, James will not have to take the drugs his mother wants him to take.

There is a lot of discussion around the subject of transitioning, so who better to discuss it than your humble correspondent? Seriously, I’d like to know. Nobody? Okay, I’ll give it a shot.

transitioning

What the Left thinks it means – the process of changing one’s gender identity through medical and social means

What it really means – a major life decision that may not be taken as seriously as it should be

This is a subject that hits close to home for me because I have family members and friends who are either transitioning, have transitioned, or have people in their lives who are. The process itself can be painful, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and once you go down that road, there aren’t many offramps if you change your mind. It takes a strong resolve to complete the transition from male to female and vice versa, which means such an endeavor must be carefully considered at each step to make sure the person who will be living with the outcome is comfortable and determined to see it through.

That’s one reason the James Younger situation is so disturbing to me. Both parents have a say in this decision, and both have particular axes to grind with the other. The mother says James has gender dysphoria, a condition where a person believes he or she was born with the incorrect gender. The father says the mother is forcing James to dress and act like a girl to get affection from her. At this point, we can’t trust either side completely because we don’t know what is factual and what isn’t.

That leaves James, who regardless of whether you believe the mother or the father, is still 7 years old. Knowing what we know from science, girls mature faster than boys, and if I remember the studies correctly, neither one of them are fully mature in the single digits. That makes the decision to transition a lot harder to justify in my eyes because the person most affected by the transition isn’t mature enough to make that decision.

And before any Leftists jump down my throat accusing me of transphobia, let me point out there is precedent on my side in the form of age of consent laws. These laws were put in place because of the very immaturity of children I just mentioned. Although what is happening to James right now isn’t the same thing as an adult wanting to play Hide the Salami with an underage boy or girl, the principle is the same. And let’s not overlook the science here, “Party of Science.” Science isn’t a Chinese restaurant menu where you can pick a principle from Column A and another from Column B. You either accept what science says even if it goes against your political aims or you don’t.

Now for the coup de grace: there are a lot of trans people out there who think 7 is a tad young to be transitioning. Yes, I know this is an appeal to popularity, but it’s still something to consider. When people who may feel inclined to lean Left tell you it’s messed up, it’s probably more messed up than a Gary Busey/Charlie Sheen coke bender. And as someone outside of the Leftist bubble, let me confirm it looks messed up to most of the rest of the people out there.

Even though I have strong opinions on the subject of transitioning and when it should be considered, my opinions don’t mean much. I am just an outsider, so you can take my comments with a grain of salt, or even a pillar of salt if you prefer. But I will say this. If you believe James Younger is mature enough to make such an important decision to transition, then he is mature enough to make an informed decision, not just the decision you may want him to make.

And therein lies the problem. Many young people who attempt to transition or completely transition regret their decision later in life, some to the point of committing suicide. No matter how much the Left and the media try to make children transitioning or being transgender into a positive, the negative is too important to ignore. It’s neither fun, nor brave, and not every child who transitions will be lavished with praise and attention. After the novelty wears off, the children will be ignored while their lives are left in chaos.

But hey, what’s a little child abuse among trans fans? Amirite?

This may seem like a bit of a stretch, but it was the only thing that comes to mind when thinking about the James Younger case, and I’m talking to both sides here. There don’t seem to be any white hats here, just various shades of gray. You can chalk it up to life not being black and white, but I chalk it up to not wanting to be called a bigot in today’s society by opposing an idea that makes no sense whatsoever. James is a child. As a result, he is in no position to make a life-changing, and in many cases a life-ending, decision, and his parents aren’t helping the matter any by putting pressure on him one way or the other. If he wants to transition in, say, 10 years from now, then let him. Until then, let him be the child he is, not the tiny adult you think he is.

To the young adults and adults who are considering transitioning, I have one request: look at the decision carefully and with as much information and self-reflection necessary for you to make a definitive stance. If you have any qualms, don’t do it until they’re addressed to your satisfaction. And if/when you transition, know that I will treat you like a person, not as a label.

Unless you’re an asshole. Then all bets are off.