A very important post about…. my early gender confusion

Focus on the Family’s Focus on the Child has ever so helpfully set up a web site entitled “Is My Child Becoming Homosexual?” There are some very useful tips for parents: Evidences of gender confusion or doubt in boys ages 5 to 11 may include: 1. A strong feeling that they are ?different? from other ...

By , a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast.

Focus on the Family's Focus on the Child has ever so helpfully set up a web site entitled "Is My Child Becoming Homosexual?" There are some very useful tips for parents:

Focus on the Family’s Focus on the Child has ever so helpfully set up a web site entitled “Is My Child Becoming Homosexual?” There are some very useful tips for parents:

Evidences of gender confusion or doubt in boys ages 5 to 11 may include: 1. A strong feeling that they are ?different? from other boys. 2. A tendency to cry easily, be less athletic, and dislike the roughhousing that other boys enjoy. 3. A persistent preference to play female roles in make-believe play. 4. A strong preference to spend time in the company of girls and participate in their games and other pastimes. 5. A susceptibility to be bullied by other boys, who may tease them unmercifully and call them ?queer,? ?fag? and ?gay.? 6. A tendency to walk, talk, dress and even ?think? effeminately. 7. A repeatedly stated desire to be ? or insistence that he is ? a girl.

Well, as a child, I certainly suffered from 1, 2, 4, 5, and maybe 6 (Depends how you define “think effeminately”). If you’ll excuse me, I have to go tell my wife and children about my latent homosexual qualities and accompanying gender confusion. I fear that my son will probably cry and feel different. Readers, talk amongst yourselves — in particular, how boys who like the “the roughhousing that other boys enjoy” could never be gay. Hat tip to Giblets at Fafblog, who provides additional tips for detecting future homosexuals in our nation’s children:

Dunk your son into a deep pool of water. If he floats to the top, he is full of buoyant gaymotrons (identified by physicists as the gay particle) and therefore gay. If he sinks to the bottom and drowns, he is a poor swimmer and unathletic and therefore gay. If he begins to sink and then just sorta hangs there, the water is gay.

UPDATE: Another topic for discussion — did this historical character display gender confusion as well?

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast. Twitter: @dandrezner

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