In a word: Puberty has changed.
You might recall reading books about bodily change that were written for children like you.
The instructions are simple if you look back.
Society’s now complex, and puberty is keeping with the times.
This is the case with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ 150 page instruction manual, entitled Your-ology: The Ultimate Guide to Puberty for All.
The Daily Wire noted that one of the sections recounts a fictional child’s sleepover.
The main character is embarrassed by her lack of breasts and tackles the subject head-on.
Once I’m done, I put on my pajamas. Then I take another deep breath. “My body will never grow breasts on its own because I’m trans,” I say, looking at Nancy until she meets my eyes. “But it’s something that I have options for and that I talk with my doctor about.”
As for sex, here’s how it works:
The sex of a baby who is born without a penis will be male. The sex of a baby who is born without a penis or vulva is male.
Introduction of trans- and cis-
A majority of babies with a penis are raised to feel male inside. That’s called being cisgender (cis- means ‘same). Some babies are born with a penis and grow up to be a girl. That’s called being transgender (trans- means ‘cross’ or ‘opposite’).
A baby who is born with an extra vulva will grow up to feel like a woman. A transgender baby is one who is raised to believe he is male.
Despite the book being written for 9- to 13-year-olds, some adults can’t follow the science.
Terry Schilling — lobbyist president of the American Principals Project — gave a negative review:
“Indoctrinating kids into believing that biology has no bearing on whether they are a boy or a girl is not just wrong, it’s dangerous. This falsehood will lead to lasting consequences for our children and could cause them to regret their decisions the rest of life.
“Only a few years ago, you would have been laughed out of the room for saying that men can have babies. Our national media now enthusiastically promote doctors teaching this to children. … This is insanity.”
But the guide got prominent promotion from NPR, whose headline read, “A New Puberty Guide for Kids Aims to Replace Anxiety with Self-Confidence.”
During an interview, co-author Dr. Kathryn Lowe explained, “Everybody is unique. … We try to normalize the variety of [ways] the human body goes through puberty and how there is no one right way.”
Kathryn waxes about female erection
“There’s a real need for all kids to understand about periods and erections, so we all understand each other’s bodies. … I think the other big need is kids who don’t fit into a gender binary. … With traditional puberty education, whether it’s in schools or in books, we talk about how girls get their periods and boys get erections. However, there are other things.ome girls – for example, transgender girls – might not get their periods. They need to understand about erections and those changes in their bodies.”
“Need” isn’t too strong of a word — sadly, some families need intervention:
“These times are very scary for gender diverse youth, for sure. I’m well aware of everything that’s going on that’s targeting gender diverse kids in our country. … It’s sad that the government has to step into our physician-patient-family relationships. We’re not trying to make a political statement. We’re just trying to take care of kids and their families – the cis kids, trans kids, gender diverse – everybody.”
In the “taking care” department, she’s not alone:
To Be Inclusive of Non-Binary Parents, Hospitals Nix the Terms ‘Breast Milk’ and ‘Father’
‘The Practising Midwife’ Magazine Releases Transgender Issue Featuring Bearded Birthing Parent
Hospitals Are Starting to Ask Men if They’re Pregnant
Breastfeeding Academy Bails on ‘Breasts’
Once upon a time, society operated on sex — some people had vaginas, others penises; there was no such thing as “identity.” But these days, our sexual categories have become fruitful and multiplied: There’s your sex, which may be inter-; your gender, which might be neither; your sexuality has unlimited options; and your personal pronouns must be chosen.
And if you’re a girl going through puberty, you may have to manage your erections.
It’s a much more sophisticated world, indeed.
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