POTATO “EMPTY” HEAD 2/26/21 FERNANDO J. MILANES, MD

POTATO “EMPTY” HEAD                         2/26/21

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The classic spud-shaped plastic toy is getting a new, gender-neutral name — just plain Potato Head —  with the toymaker Hasbro scrapping the “Mr.” portion.   The company said Mr. Potato Head, which first hit the shelves nearly 70 years ago, needed a fresh, modern makeover. The toy’s new moniker will begin appearing on boxes next year.   “Culture has evolved,” Kimberly Boyd, Hasbro’s senior vice president of global brands, told Fast Company. “Kids want to be able to represent their own experiences. The way the brand currently exists — with the ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’ — is limiting when it comes to both gender identity and family structure.”The iconic Mr. Potato Head gets a 21st-century rebrandElizabeth SegranMr. Potato Head can now marry another Mr. Potato Head.

If you are, like me, one of the silent majority that refuses to comply with the anarchists latest imposition with their “woke culture”, that with the excuse of achieving “social justice”, aim to take control of our society, as was written by Orwell, you will laugh/cry at their latest attempt.    In reality many of these actions, like the latest one, are made by morons that are just afraid of going against the tide!    Let us, again give a dose of reality to our present madness.    Fact; kids are kids!    They are unable to “represent their own experiences” as they have none.    Like sponges, they are only assimilating what is around them and forming a self out of their taking in their parents, school, and later on peers and society’s behavior.    Adults that impose their twisted ideology into their children and disguise their influence as “their decisions” are basically guilty of child abuse.    

One of the latest perversions of reality is the current notion that children are able to decide their gender.    There are unlimited pressures on a developing mind and personality onto a child that will influence their expressed wishes other than an extremely rare condition known as transsexual, gender dysphoric, and the latest misunderstood label ‘transgender”.    This popular term “transgender” is an umbrella word than unites more than 20 behaviors and disorders of which the only that appear to be genetic are homosexual (4 to 8% prevalence), and the gender dysphoric (0.005 % to 0.3 %).    The most recent studies of the dysphoric prevalence (O.3 to 0.6%) include many LGB persons and some cases of false positive.    

Just like a child is unable to have decision making to drive, vote, join the army, get educated, chose faith, among others, and follow their adult’s rules, sex and gender are out of their comprehension.    In fact the match between their anatomy and their desire of being a man or a woman is not truly achieved until puberty in adolescence, when hormones complete the physical match.    In the very few cases when a youngster feels of a different gender than their sex, the only action would be observation, preferably by a professional.    

This is important because in the extremely few cases that become a true disorder, depression and suicide are possible.    The prevalence of this dysfunction in children is somewhat higher than reality as the immense majority of this ideation, stop at puberty when most become satisfied with their sex/gender concordance.    As, (at least not yet), parents, educators and society do not encourage children to have physical sex, they should not foster dysphoric behavior because the only way to define this encouragement is criminal abuse!

Fernando J. Milanes, MD

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