By now many of you have seen the cover for the January issue of National Geographic which features on its cover what they call a nine year old "transgender activist" by the name of Avery Jackson.
The first thing that strikes me is just how does he (or should I say "ze" ) know that he's transgender? I mean he hasn't even hit puberty yet. When I was that age there was a kid in my class who thought he was a dog. And the next year he was saying he was a Vulcan and incessantly went around giving the Vulcan salute and saying "Live long and prosper."
Worse, according to NG's editor Susan Goldberg, "She has lived as an openly transgender girl since age 5." What?!? At the age of five boys and girls barely recognize that there is a difference between boys and girls.
And apparently he has been an "activist" for a couple years now. To be brutally frank, who really cares what a nine year old thinks about such issues? Do we really want to be taking our lead from nine year olds? It isn't like they can make an informed decision.
At that age they aren't an activist but are being used by parents as a prop to support their beliefs. Avery's mom, Debi Jackson, describes herself as a "transgender rights activist"
Yup, that's the picture she chose for her profile
thousand foot psycho stare and all
I think it is clear that she's the activist and is using her child to promote her views in order to get famous/infamous (in 2016 that line has gotten increasingly blurry) and impress people in her circle. "Oh look how hip and cool I am. I have a prepubescent child who is a transgender activist and you don't." She's worse than one of these obsessive beauty pageant moms.
Debi Jackson and her husband Tom have so screwed up their child by encouraging this that they admit that they had to hide knives and scissors because they fear Avery will cut off his penis.
If Avery still feels this way several years after puberty that is a different matter but now it seems that he is merely being exploited by his parents to promote a cause they feel passionate about.
"I'm, I'm an activist and my mom says my opinion is important. I have important, um, like, stuff to say, um, about education. I think, um, I think, I shouldn't get so much homework and stuff. It isn't fair. I don't, like, have enough, um, time to play my new, um, video game. And, and, um, I didn't like it when my teacher, um, took my cell phone away cuz I was, um, watching videos. I think I should, like, be able to watch videos when I want 'specially when my teacher is, um, talking about stupid, boring stuff like math.