NY Times Magazine Asks: “What’s So Bad About a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress?”

The New York Times’ quest for tolerance has taken a lunatic turn. A contributing author for New York Times Magazine is now pushing for boys who want to wear women’s clothing to be allowed to do so, in the name of gender fluidity.

The New York Times Magazine published a 5,500-word celebration of boys breaking traditional gender boundaries. Ruth Padawer, a professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism, wrote a long August 8 piece with the provocative title “What’s So Bad about a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress?” She then proceeded to attempt to convince readers that nothing was wrong with that with a litany of examples of young boys happily wearing “girls” clothing despite the skepticism of queasy parents and the bullying of intolerant individuals.

Padawer began by telling about two parents sending an e-mail to other parents at their son’s preschool, which stated that their son “has been gender-fluid for as long as we can remember, and at the moment he is equally passionate about and identified with soccer players and princesses, superheroes and ballerinas (not to mention lava and unicorns, dinosaurs and glitter rainbows).”

Their e-mail, of course, assumes that gender is fluid and the idea of “‘that middle space’ between traditional boyhood and traditional girlhood” is correct. This worldview was hammered home again and again by Padawer, who wrote: “But the parents of the boys in the middle space argue that gender is a spectrum rather than two opposing categories, neither of which any real man or woman precisely fits.”

And Padawer made it very clear that she supports the idea of “that middle space,” writing: “As much as these parents want to nurture and defend what makes their children unique and happy, they also fear it will expose their sons to rejection.” At another point, she made her position even clearer: “Moreover, the visibility of transgender people – be it for office or tangoing on “Dancing With the Stars” – has provided an opening for those who fall between genders.” Padawer also gave a shout-out to doctors who claimed “gender nonconformity” was normal, writing: “Clinicians who oppose traditional treatments contend that significant gender nonconformity is akin to left-handness [sic]: unusual but not unnatural.”

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