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    Being Brenda

    Tells the story of twin boys who were subjected to a gender-as-construct experiment after a botched circumcision on one of them. Both of the children wound up committing suicide. Non-fiction.

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    Law and order did an episode based on this story. One of the twins penis was damaged during the circumcision so they ended up chopping it off and acting like he was a girl, never telling him. It was all down hill from there.

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    • #3
      Just a comment: I'd say that this case proves why parents and experts cannot just screw with nurture. First, you have to see the child's natural tendencies. Whatever they are, they should indicate a path. Like for instance, if the child expresses interests in certain hobbies, these should be supported. If a child struggles with certain subjects, one on one time should be spent with them to learn. But parents cannot just put the child in a specific mold and expect them to be happy with that. It's the same thing over and over again. Religious beliefs passed down regardless of the child's personal values. Society expectations not fitting with the child's dreams. Inconsistent child rearing across the gender border (like telling boys not to hit girls but nothing to girls about violence or what they tend to do: emotional abuse.)
      If one plans to be a parent, they must consider all the areas of the child's life. Teaching the child respect for others is just as important as teaching them to be safe and teaching them to explore and learn. Bad behavior must be discouraged, but their personalities should be free to develop and mature.
      Respect is earned by giving respect

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