BBC 2’s morning news and current affairs show, Victoria Derbyshire, anounced last Tuesday morning (May 3rd) that the number of under 10’s presenting to gender clinics in the UK has almost doubled over the past year, from 87 to 167, of which three children are under three years old. Along with this announcement came follow-up features and interviews with two ‘transgender girls’ Jessica and Lily (not their real names), whose lives the programme has been following for a year.
The full clips can be seen here:
The BBC seems to be intent on pushing only one “transgender kids” narrative to both parents and children. The unquestioning use of the new gender terminology by the BBC in their own report on the programme reveals their total immersion in transgender theory:
“Transgender is a term used to describe a person who doesn’t identify as the gender that was assigned to them when they were born – they may wish to be seen as a different gender or no gender at all.”
As a Public Service Broadcaster, if the BBC is to adopt a whole new theory of gender to explain childhood behaviour, then we could at least expect some definition of terms (what is gender? Who assigns it?) and some explanation, backed by credible science, about how ‘gender identity’ overrides and nullifies the biological sex of boys and girls. In broadcasting these stories with no debate the BBC is promoting the application of a completely new and untested theory onto children.
The stories concern two little boys who prefer playing with toys and wearing clothes which are marketed to them as only ‘for girls.’ The childish logic which says “that means I must be a girl” is reinforced by all the adults in this programme without asking the question “is being a girl defined by toy choices, clothes and hairstyles?” Rather than look at the broader reasons why a child may feel they are the opposite sex, the adults here validate the marketing message that a girl is a distinct personality type.
The acceptance of gender stereotypes by both children and adults is matched by an unquestioning adoption of ‘gender identity’ theory by the adults as the only possible explanation for the children’s behaviour:
Jessica: “I feel really glad I don’t have to do boy’s stuff”
Victoria: “When she describes her excitement at getting her ears pierced she sounds like a typical young girl”
Lily’s brother: “She’s still got a bit of boy in her”
To demonstrate clearly the difference between boys and girls, Lily holds up a blue doll to represent the boy she used to be and a pink doll to show the girl she has become.
Jessica expresses that her fears are “growing up as a boy” and “having a moustache and a beard” and when Victoria asks “What do you think you could possibly do to stop that from happening?” the answer comes “I’ll get blockers.”
What has changed so much that an adult no longer gives a child factual information: “a man doesn’t have to have a moustache or a beard” or “you could shave,” but instead accepts a little boy’s childish idea of what a man is and considers “blockers” a normal way to deal with that child’s fears?
When did we stop considering sex-role stereotypes as harmful and limiting for children and start to embrace them as not only true, but as the only real distinction between boys and girls?
The themes for every “trans kid” story are becoming depressingly familiar. The new ‘Lily’ is celebrated in a school assembly, where the Head teacher affirms the restrictive myth of “girl brains” to all children. All the girls want to be Lily’s friend; of course, Lily has become the most ‘special’ girl in the school. All other girls in the school have their ability to freely “choose” their interests and activities stifled even further as they see what it takes to be a “real girl.” The fear of being seen as “not a real girl” drives bullying; children (who are naturally conservative) imbibe the “rules” of society and police each others’ behaviour to make sure those rules are being followed. Those who don’t conform are bullied with some version of the judgment ‘not a real girl’ or ‘not a real boy’ and transgender theory agrees with the bullies.
Schools who have never tackled the real reasons for bullying get off scott free; they can now be seen to be supporting ‘difference’ when they are in fact doing the opposite. Would ‘Lily’ be accepted and celebrated in this way as a boy?
The BBC knows how to present a heartwarming story; by placing it outside of any wider social context or ongoing debate the viewer is emotionally manipulated into uncritical sympathy. People trust the BBC: on watching this programme more parents will be persuaded that the normal behaviour of their children is indication that they are transgender, and the numbers presenting to gender clinics will continue to soar.
By actively withholding any view which runs counter to the prevailing transgender orthodoxy, as well as any information about the reality of the life-long medical path these children are being steered towards, the BBC fails in its duty as a public service broadcaster to be impartial and provide balanced information. We urge everyone once again to submit their complaints until the BBC begins to listen.