So here’s a question that I really, personally, am confused on.
After skimming the thread on transgender restrooms, I was reminded of an omegle conversation I once read. Someone brought up a story of a young boy who was incredibly feminine and they were discussing whether or not a kid is mature enough to decide what kind of person they want to be, as well as if they will identify with a gender identity.
Do children, at a young age (for the sake of argument, 13 and under) have the sexual maturity to know their sexual orientation?
Would a 10 year old girl who likes playing with girls (natural psychosocial development) and thinks boys are icky be able to decide that, in life, she is sexually attracted to other females? This may be an innocent enough question where the answer is “no, you’ll learn as you grow up, kid”, but what about when we get into children who want to be transgender?
Now for another challenge, if we assume that these children understand who they are well enough to truly understand what sexual orientation they adhere to, does that mean they’re mature enough to decide whether or not they wish to consent to sexual activity?
I mean, I personally I think that they shouldn’t be able to declare their sexual orientation until around age 16 (which I also feel would be a more appropriate age of consent in many cases, but let’s not get into that) or at least when they’ve cycled through the most confusing parts of puberty.