In new guidelines issued on the official Planned Parenthood website, the federally subsidizedcorporation explains how parents should talk to their pre-schoolers about gender roles, sexuality, masturbation, and transgenderism, even offering tips on how to tell if your toddler "is transgender or gender nonconforming."
Filling the head of your three-year-old child who thought he was a dinosaur last week with confusing messages about sex and gender?
What could possibly go wrong.
Under a section concerning pre-schoolers, the following hyperlinked questions are addressed:
How do I talk with my preschooler about their body?
How do I talk with my preschooler about identity?
What should I teach my preschooler about healthy social skills and relationships?
How do I talk with my preschooler about personal safety?
What should I teach my preschooler about pregnancy and reproduction?
What should I teach my preschooler about sex and sexuality?
Like most of the topical questions offering some questionable (at best) recommendations to parents, the issue of so-called gender identity had some disturbing suggestions.
"When it comes to gender, ideas about what it means to be a girl or a boy are everywhere, and these ideas have a big influence on your preschooler. Learn how to teach your kid that their gender doesn’t limit them, how to talk about different kinds of families, how to know if your kid is transgender, and more," directs Planned Parenthood.
The site also explains that not all boys have penises and not all girls have vulvas. "You can say that most girls have vulvas and most boys have penises/testicles," suggest the guidelines.
"While the most simple answer is that girls have vulvas and boys have penises/testicles, that answer isn’t true for every boy and girl. Boy, girl, man, and woman are words that describe gender identity, and some people with the gender identities 'boy' or 'man' have vulvas, and some with the gender identity 'girl' or 'woman' have penises/testicles. Your genitals don’t make you a boy or a girl," says the site.
Planned Parenthood even informs parents how to tell if their pre-schooler is trans or gender nonconforming:
So how do you know if your kid is trying to tell you that they’re transgender or gender nonconforming, rather than just playing around?
Experts say that transgender kids tell you what their gender identity is in a way that’s very definitive. Trans and gender nonconforming kids are:
Consistent: They don’t go back and forth about their gender — they clearly identify with one particular gender identity.
Insistent: They feel very strongly about their identity, and get upset when they’re told that they’re not the gender they say they are.
Persistent: How they identity themselves stays over time.