Diane Ehrensaft, a prominent California hospital executive and professor, put forward some intriguing ideas about children’s gender identities that have sparked controversy, according to a recent presentation reviewed by Fox News. Here’s the full story.
Ehrensaft, known for her work in pediatric gender-affirmative care, claimed that children can identify as unique gender identities, including mythology-inspired creatures like the “gender Minotaur.”
A Self-Identified Feminist
Diane Ehrensaft, a self-identified feminist and advocate for a “gender revolution,” serves as the director of mental health and chief psychologist at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital’s gender development center.
She Specializes in Pediatric Gender-Affirmative Care
She is also a professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, specializing in pediatric gender-affirmative care for transgender and gender-expansive patients.
Her extensive research delves into the development of gender identities before puberty and the psychological impacts of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones on children.
Ehrensaft’s assertions might be seen as unconventional within the context of traditional gender norms.
The “Gender Hybrids” Concept
She introduced the concept of “gender hybrids,” suggesting that children can identify as a blend of genders, influenced by cultural, environmental, and personal factors.
In one intriguing example, she mentioned a child identifying as a “gender Prius,” likening the experience to being a boy in the front and a girl in the back.
She also referred to the “gender Minotaur,” drawing from Greek mythology, which combines the body of a man with the head of a bull.
She introduced terms like “genderfluid,” “non-binary,” and “gender expansive” to describe the diverse spectrum of gender identities beyond the binary measurement scale.
Ehrensaft believes that they are integral to understanding the evolution of language and its political implications in the context of gender discussions.
We Are in a Gender Revolution
During a talk at the San Francisco Public Library, Ehrensaft said, “I totally agree we are in the midst of a gender revolution and the children are leading it. And it’s a wonderful thing to see. And it’s also humbling to know [children] know more than we do about this topic of being gender expansive.”
She likened this movement to the 1960s feminist revolution, suggesting that it challenges stereotypes and norms surrounding gender.
“I’m Sick of Learning New Words”
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “Good grief. I don’t even know what that is. More do I want to do? I’m sick of learning new words and new meanings since this dude came in the WH”
Another User wrote, “Elves next? Does she know Bilbo Baggins? “Diane Ehrensaft, a self-identified “feminist” who supports a “gender revolution,” is the director of mental health and chief psychologist at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital gender development center.”
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