Kori Doty is a non-binary transgender parent who is also fighting to have the eight-month-old child’s gender omitted from their birth certificate, as well as in any other governmental documents. To learn more click on the following two links.  Canada issues ‘unknown’ health card to gender neutral baby  This B.C. baby’s ID says ‘U’ under gender. Here’s why that’s good, experts say  Once you have read both articles and clicked on the related links embedded in each article (not the advertisements of course) complete the following. As you read make a list of three different points made by the authors that you would like to respond to in your post.  Read all of your classmate’s posts. If any of your classmate’s responded to any of your possible posts on your list then eliminate those from your list. Select one (1) point that remains on your list and complete the following in your post. a. Identify the name of the article you selected your point from (either one of the two above or one of the relevant imbedded links). b. Copy and paste the sentance(s) that describe(s) the author(s)’ point you plan to respond to c. Describe your response to this point (e.g. agree, disagree, offended, etc.) and why you feel this way. ….    Students response so u can elimate it Canada Issues ‘Unknown’ Health Card to Gender Neutral Baby  “Some precedent on the issue has already been set in other parts of Canada: Alberta allows people to put an ‘X’ as a gender marker on birth certificates and other government documents, while Ontario offers gender-neutral health cards and driver’s licences, and plans to extend this to birth certificates next year.”  I am shocked to hear how progressive parts of Canada have become surrounding the political discussion of binary standards. I had known of European nations making strides in this direction such as Germany and Netherlands, but to know that Canada is making such positive progress is surprising to me! As someone who considers themselves current in Queer Politics, never once had I heard of this political progress so close to home. I hope to see the United States follow in our neighbors footsteps by researching these precedents of “x” gender markers, gender neutral licenses, and the expansion of birth certificates as well. Hopefully we as a nation can learn a thing or to from our neighbors up north!  Student two a) Article name: This B.C. baby’s ID says ‘U’ under gender. Here’s why that’s good, experts say  By Linda Givetash The Canadian Press  b) Authors point of view: “Historically, the government used information about gender to distinguish who — specifically men — could own property or vote, findlay said. Since those barriers no longer exist, she said it’s unnecessary to continue displaying gender on ID document”.  c) My response: I definitely agree with the author that a baby’s gender should not appear on the birth certificate. I had no idea that gender identification had anything to do with property ownership, a pretty outdated concept. This seems pretty discriminatory to me. My reasoning is also that you don’t know what sex the child will identify him/her self with and leaving it open puts the decision with the child, which it should be. Many people have suffered tremendously because of the assigned gender given to them. As the author said in the article, “gender is personal and should be left up to the individual and not assigned”. My hope that in the near future that we too adopt the policy of “U” gender.  Student three The article “This B.C. Baby’s ID Says ‘U’ Under Gender. Here’s Why That’s Good, Experts Say”, by Linda Givetash, deals with the fact that stereotyping gender is restrictive and damaging because it puts people (especially transgender) at a disadvantage in receiving any service and in certain social situations.  Citation: “People also shouldn’t be “labelled and pigeonholed” to a particular stereotypical set of gender expectations, Devor said. […] Stereotyping is especially damaging to people who are transgender and whose identity cards don’t match the gender in which they present. “They’re subject to any number of unpleasant circumstance, which could range simply from being looked at funny to being denied service that they require to being abused verbally or even physically,” he said. It’s because of those restrictive stereotypes that Doty didn’t want to prescribe a gender to Searyl.” My response: I agree with the author claiming stereotyping is damaging to many people, especially the transgender. However, I need to add there are young children who grow up with prejudiced mothers or fathers influencing them in a stereotypical way. They expect their son to be masculine and their daughters to be feminine. These parents need to be required to take certain classes to be allowed to be parents. My point of view on the topic of stereotyping is the lawmakers who worked on the propositions that forced us to identify as female or male on government ID documents are not in the right position to have done so. Today, there are still people who keep holding prejudices, stereotyping, and discriminating others based on a variety of factors, such as gender. It is very damaging to young children. People might think today’s world is modern and there is no gender role expectations but unfortunately, there is. In fact, I witnessed a mother calling her little toddler “weird and gay” for cleaning up a doll at the preschool. Thus I know, for a fact, there are these people who stereotype and discriminate people who do not fit in their definition of “male” or “female”. This incident made me really sad.   Student four  A. “This B.C. baby’s ID says ‘U’ under gender. Here’s why that’s good, experts say” By Linda Givetash  B. “People also shouldn’t be ‘labeled and pigeonholed’ to a particular stereotypical set of gender expectations, Devor said.”  C. I agree that people should not be forced to be identified as a gender they do not feel like they are. I believe that people should not be forced to be either male or female if that is their choice. However, for medical purposes I also believe that it is easier in certain occasions to treat patients appropriately and adequately when a gender is identify as it will allow them to get the best treatment according to their biological gender. However, I understand that it takes a lot to declare a change of gender later in the course of ones life which is why I strongly believe that this process in particular should be what needs to be change in order to benefit those which would like to change their gender as. Also this process should not cost anything as that would be like putting a restriction to those who would like to change their gender and cannot afford the process
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