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PostSubject: The boy with no penis   Wed 29 Jul 2009, 4:42 am

45 minute show. The man finally commits suicide around the age of 40.

Some interesting things are that the doctor (Dr. Money (great name)) believed in The Blank Slate, which is to say he essentially believed that genetics didn't matter at all. And so this boy with no penis could be perfectly happy brought up as a girl. He was wrong.

Also interesting to me is how utterly oblivious this doctor was to how terrified and disgusted the boy was of him. And perhaps also how oblivious his parents were to how unhappy he was.

Rule number one of having children I think is getting beyond listening to them say what they think you want them to say and getting them to actually be honest and say how they really feel.
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PostSubject: Re: The boy with no penis   Fri 18 Sep 2009, 11:38 am

I'm still waiting for broadband here, so haven't yet seem this documentary.

However, I have read...

(1) A Summary , by the BBC -

(2) The full transcript -

(3) "Questions and answers about sexology and the Reimer case."

People seem to have so many weird ideas about raising children....
Unfortunately, it seems to me, few people care enough to pay much attention to what the children think. Which seems very sad, to me ...


" I am not a girl !"
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PostSubject: Re: The boy with no penis   Fri 18 Sep 2009, 11:59 pm

This looks like a better way to raise children:

Or from my own point of view, various thoughts:
"The difference between a wiseman and a fool is that the wiseman will learn something from the fool." (quoted from someone)

I don't have any children yet although I do have some nephews. I think that the adult should always try to always keep in mind that it's possible in any given disagreement with a child, that the child might actually be the one who's right, or have some facet of wisdom that the adult has forgotten. (This same idea should also hold with adults of course and amounts to just saying people should always be openminded.)

I think furthermore that the prevailing social norms we've generally adopted may not necessarily truly be the best ways. And that after many decades of exposure to such norms we may reach the point where possess less wisdom than the average 6 year old. In some ways we may possess less wisdom and really have something to learn from children. And anyway, we shouldn't just ignore what they think and feel and try to force them to be how we now think they ought to be.

My parents I could certainly complain about in this matter. Neither had much interest in who I actually am, and what I think. Both instead tried to force me to do things that they imagine would have made THEM happy to do if they were me. It made my life complete hell when younger and it's why I'm 36 and just now starting a new career.
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