Melissa - posted on 02/11/2010 ( 43 moms have responded )
The TYRA show recently had an episode with two children, age 7 and 8. One was a girl and one a boy. They believed they were born the wrong sex. For about a year, they have both been living as the opposite sex. The boy (who likes to be called a girl) says that his penis is a 'birth defect' and has shield that hides it when wearing a bathing suit or other form fitting clothing.
Now, I am not so sure a child at that age really knows what it means to be a boy or a girl. The girl likes to play with trucks, so she thinks she should be a boy. But not fitting into a stereotype doesn't mean you should be a different sex, does it? But now these two young children are walking around their schools pretending to be something they are not.
Trailer for the episode, there is more on you tube.
Do you think a child this age can really know? Why or why not? Or at what age would you give in to a child wanting to act/be the opposite sex?