“We say something because we want to work on feeling good about ourselves, okay?”
A socially conscious brand for millennial women released Tuesday a video that shows parents coaxing their transgender children into reciting empowering messages of self-affirmation.
In footage shared to Twitter by Iris, a subsidiary of publishing giant Conde Nast, several parents prod their children to repeat words of encouragement, ostensibly in an attempt to let their sons and daughters know they are worthy and loved. “These parents are teaching their transgender children that they are loved, important, and so much more,” reads Iris’ caption for the uploaded video.
These parents are teaching their transgender children that they are loved, important, and so much more. pic.twitter.com/pG0SQAIvEj
— Iris (@heyiris) January 23, 2019
“Even if it doesn’t feel true, remember?” one mother says to her transgender son. Later in the segment, the same woman gets her child to repeat “I am a boy” after her.
“We say something because we want to work on feeling good about ourselves, okay?” she adds.
The nearly two-minute long video proceeds along similar lines for its entirety — parents gently cajoling their somewhat camera-shy young children into making emotionally charged averments about themselves.
Looming in the background of Iris’ syrupy video is the shadow of the ongoing cultural debate over transgenderism.
Advocates of transgender rights have increasingly shifted focus to the rights of transgender children. The rise of parents raising their children as so-called “theybies,” as well as broader pushes for children to have the right to decide their own gender, have led to fierce pushback from critics who argue that the gender norms that have been eradicated by the trans movement are being dismantled much too soon, and that a more measured approach to progress is in order.
Citing studies on “rapid onset gender dysphoria,” which suggest that some children who came to identify as transgender did so because their friends did, these detractors question whether society is actually doing children a disservice by emboldening their gender fluidity.
This year, a two-generation transgender family in Scotland was reported to authorities for allegedly pushing their 5-year-old biological son to transition.