Published July 19, 2021
Sometimes transgender propaganda is too honest for its own good. For example, Loudoun Now, a weekly newspaper in Virginia’s Loudoun County, just ran a horrifying story encouraging gender dysphoria in children.
The piece focuses on seven-year-old Sophia, now pretending to be a boy named Max, and her mother Emily (the unnamed father is almost entirely absent from the article). It was meant to boost transgender ideology in an area that has become a battleground over transgenderism and critical race theory in schools, but it inadvertently reveals several ugly truths about the trans-kids movement.
First, this story shows that the transgender movement is coming for very young children, starting in preschool if not sooner. Transgender advocates insist that kindergarteners and even toddlers are capable of committing to transition, and that everyone else must affirm this. Instead of waiting to see what shakes out as children develop, trans advocates demand that children be immediately transitioned socially (new names, new clothes, new pronouns, new bathrooms, etc.), followed by medical transition beginning before puberty.
Second, the Loudoun Now piece reveals that sexism is the basis for transitioning these little children. We are told that, as a toddler, “Sophia showed a preference for ‘boy toys’ and sports” though Emily “continued to offer dresses and dolls, thinking Sophia would eventually show interest.” But when Sophia was only five, Emily gave up on her efforts to interest her tomboy daughter in girly-girl stuff, and decided that what she really had was a transgender son.
In this, Emily followed fashionable opinion, which has shifted from insisting that it is fine, even good, for girls to like sports, trucks, and other stereotypical boy stuff to declaring that such girls must really be boys. Goodbye tomboys, hello trans-boys.
The biggest sources of sex stereotypes and strict gender roles in America today are the trans movement and its allies. Many self-described feminists have knuckled under, cheering as it is said that girls should stick to dresses and dolls and that girls who like “boy” things must actually be boys. The transgender movement is far more sexist than the most retrograde, fundamentalist Christians I’ve ever known — at least the latter still let their daughters enjoy basketball and PE.
Third, this case demonstrates how it is often adults who are pushing for children to transition. The reporter says, “It never occurred to Sophia that she was anyone other than a boy,” which makes it odd that the story does not relate any instances of Sophia saying that she was, or wanted to be, a boy. No evidence is provided for this central claim of the story.
Instead, the article tells about Sophia, then around five years of age, admiring Max from “Stranger Things” to the point of wanting to be called Max. This is presented as a major milestone in revealing Sophia’s trans identity. But “Stranger Things’” Max is a girl. This was nothing more than one tomboyish little girl admiring and wanting to be like an older tomboyish girl on TV.
Indeed, reading the story, which relies entirely on Emily for pertinent information about Sophia/Max, it is striking that no evidence of gender dysphoria is presented beyond a little girl being a tomboy. However, it does appear Emily was distressed at her daughter being a tomboy instead of a girly girl, and we are told that Emily can now get her little “boy” to cooperate in dressing up, albeit in bow-ties and button-down shirts rather than dresses.
We are also told that following the first foray, “Emily started trashing the girl clothes in the closet.” Perhaps “trashing” was just color added by the reporter, and Emily actually gave them away. But if it is accurate, it suggests seething bitterness. Regardless, it was clearly Emily, not Sophia, driving the declaration of a transgender identity for Sophia.
Fourth, this story illustrates the pernicious effects of the trans movement’s hostage-taking. Emily admits to concerns about the future medical transition of her daughter, but dismisses them by repeating word for word the trans movement’s mantra, “I’d rather have a trans son than a dead daughter.” Yet this story presents no evidence that Sophia ever considered, let alone threatened or attempted, suicide. Emily’s fear seem to be entirely instilled from outside sources.
It is true that people who identify as transgender have high rates of suicide and self-harm, but identifying as transgender has not been shown to reduce this. Furthermore, Sophia did not consider herself transgender until adults, led by her mother, introduced the concept to her (indeed, she still might not understand it). Far from helping her daughter, it seems that Emily pinned a trans identity on her, and is now writing her a suicide script to use as a threat against anyone who does not affirm this identity.
Although the Loudoun Now story was an attempt at pro-trans propaganda, it inadvertently let the truth out. The reader is left to fill in the gaps in some omissions, but it clearly shows how the trans movement is filling parents’ minds with propaganda and fear to induce them to transition very young children based on crude sex stereotypes. In this case, a seven-year-old girl is now a handful of years away from permanent body mutilation and sterility via puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgery.
Pour one out for the tomboys, because those rambunctious little girls are about to be transitioned out of existence.
Nathanael Blake is a postdoctoral fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.