Transgender Kindergarteners πŸ”—

Jesse Thorn:

My daughter is nine. When she was born, we assumed she was a boy, gave her a boy name, called her “he.” We gave her all kinds of toys, she generally preferred the ones our culture associates with boys (like building toys, trucks and robots.)

When she started kindergarten, my wife was bathing her. An adult friend of ours had just come out as trans, and my wife mentioned that not all girls have vaginas and not all boys have penises.

Our daughter asked, “some girls have penises?” My wife said yes. Whether you were a boy or a girl wasn’t about your private parts.

I try to stay away from controversial topics on this blog. After all, this is my personal blog, which means there’s no degree of anonymity. 10 years ago, I don’t think public discussion about controversial topics was nearly as dangerous as it is now. In 2021, cancel culture seems to be the default strategy for approaching controversial topics, so let’s see what happens.

First off, I’m not morally opposed to transgenderism. I think it’s okay for a male to feel like a female, and a female to feel like a male. However, I don’t believe a male can be a female, and vice versa. Scientifically speaking, for 99.99% of people on this planet, the question of male or female is determined at birth (via inspection of genitalia), and this determination is not subjective – it’s 100% objective. In short, I have no opinion on how a person feels regarding their gender as long as they don’t forcibly compel me to use a pronoun that conflicts with science. I’ve followed this protocol when engaging with transgender friends of mine and it’s never been a problem.

Okay, now that we’ve established that I do not hate all transgender people, let’s dive into this Twitter thread from Jesse Thorn. To be transparent, I have no idea who this guy is. I don’t follow him, but his tweet showed up on my feed this morning. The thread talks about how Jesse’s son, whom he refers to as his “daughter”, began his transgender transition in kindergarten.

I’m a father of a two year old boy. I know firsthand that kids say things and do things they don’t mean. At the same time, kids are also extremely malleable, which means their knowledge and perspective on the world can be directly shaped by their parents with little to no friction. In other words, if someone tries to convince an educated fully-developed adult that the Earth is flat, they’d likely be met with some degree of pushback. If I went and told my two year old son that the Earth is flat, he would wholeheartedly believe me. With this in mind, it’s easy to see how a parent suggesting that “girls have penises” is manipulative at best, and abusive at worst.

I’m not going to lecture parents on how to raise their children, but I believe it’s irresponsible to lie to a child about objective biological truths. Girls don’t have penises, and boys don’t have vaginas – this is a scientific fact. To suggest otherwise is doing a disservice to thousands of years of scientific progress. I think it’s reasonable for a person who’s planning on transitioning to the opposite gender to have a concrete understanding of human biology. For most students, this usually happens between middle school and high school. So, if a high school kid who is 100% aware of the history of biology wants to go ahead with a gender transition, that’s fine – I support that 100%. With that said, I can assure you that kindergarteners do not have a concrete understanding of human biology, and that’s really my whole point here.

Kids are not equipped with the knowledge and mental capacity to understand the potential effects of transgenderism. What they are is infinitely malleable creatures who are programmed to listen to their parents by nature. In the case of Jesse Thorn (again, I’m not going to reach out and lecture him or engage with him on Twitter), I have a sneaking suspicion that his son’s transition was a result of parental influence. Again, a kindergartener does not have the mental capacity to decide to be transgender. However, a kindergarten does have the mental capacity to go along with parental influence, whether right or wrong. In this case, a child who may or may not have asked a question about human biology was fed a lie (some girls have penises), which then led to a feedback loop resulting in a gradual gender transition process.

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Clubhouse, Initial Thoughts πŸ“

I’ve been on Clubhouse for a month and a half now, so I figured it’s about time to share a few of my initial thoughts.

  • During my first week on Clubhouse, I was addicted. I even started bringing my phone with me into the shower. Considering my previous iPhone died from water damage, I’m not sure why I thought bringing my brand new iPhone 12 mini into the shower was a good idea. Addiction.
  • The majority of Clubhouse rooms, at least the ones in my feed, are a complete waste of time. I can’t believe how much time I spent listening to people introduce themselves and make small talk.
  • There’s this narrative going around that claims Clubhouse enables information to be condensed and delivered efficiently. I forgot who said it most recently, but they were talking about how listening to 15 minutes of conversation on Clubhouse is more educational and impactful than listening to a 15 minute podcast. I think this claim is statistically unlikely.
  • Clubhouse is exhausting when there are more than ten people on stage at once. The best rooms are the spontaneous ones with three or four people.
  • MLM and Ponzi schemes are everywhere. Be careful.

As you can probably tell, I’m not super into Clubhouse. I was super excited about it at first, but quickly realized it’s mostly a waste of time with occasional moments of glory (e.g. the chat with Elon Musk).

P.S. If you need an invite, let me know.

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Python Automation is Awesome! πŸ“

I’m not a developer by trade, but I know just enough Python to automate repetitive tasks. Today at work, I saw an opportunity to speed up a task by writing a few lines of Python. Without going into too much detail, the task involved finding all the blog posts without a table of contents section.

We have a ton of content on our blog, so going through each post manually would’ve taken forever. To speed things up, I spent a few minutes writing the Python script below. To create the list of posts to check, I grabbed all the URLs from our sitemap, formatted them into a Python list, and assigned the list to the blog_urls variable. Finally, I ran the script. A few minutes later, I had a complete list of all the blog posts that don’t have a table of contents section.

import requests
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
from multiprocessing import Pool

blog_urls = [(LIST OF URLS)]

def check_toc_status(url):
	r = requests.get(url)
	html = r.text
	soup = BeautifulSoup(html, features="html.parser")
	if soup.find_all("aside", {"class": "toc"}):
		print(f"OK: {url}")
	else:
		print(f"NO: {url}")

if __name__ == '__main__':
	with Pool(8) as pool:
		result = pool.map(check_toc_status, blog_urls)