Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel is incensed over the recent reports of parents teaching their children to be themselves instead of torturing them by forcing them into out-dated gender stereotypes. Barber, who claims to be some kind of pro-family attorney, claimed that this move to allow trans children to grow up as they are instead of forced into gender roles they are uncomfortable with is ”illustrative of the decline of our society when it comes to parental responsibility.”
While Barber focuses on the recent case of six-year-old Tyler, he is talking about far more than that. Tyler was born a girl, christened Kathryn, but has always really been a boy. He chose the name Tyler.
Barber claims that Tyler’s parents are shirking their responsibilities by not forcing him to behave like a girl. He states “In order to be hip and cool and trendy to facilitate this gender confusion and then to even prepare this baby for hormone abuse, to try to stall the onset of puberty, and to pump testosterone into this child, is nothing short of child abuse.”
Barber added to that “You know, I have three children. They demand lots of things. And I tell them, ‘No,’ and I explain to them why it is not in their best interests to have every demand.”
The problem is, this isn’t about what children demand. It is about what children are. Being trans is not like being a ‘normal’ cis-person. It goes beyond simply wanting to, say, play with dolls. Being trans is not about confusion either except in cases where parents try to force their children into being what they aren’t.
Barber will never understand what it means to be trans and cannot empathize with someone who is trans because he will not get beyond the idea that what is between one’s legs is what someone’s gender is. He earnestly believes in the idea that society should be allowed to mentally destroy people just because they are different.