A California director of a gender clinic and medical school professor claimed there are “infinite” gender identities, including one called a “gender Tootsie Roll pop.”
For decades, Dr. Diane Ehrensaft has been one of the most prominent voices pushing gender ideology in the medical and psychology field. She is the director of mental health and chief psychologist at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital gender development center. She is also a professor at UCSF School of Medicine.
Ehrensaft discussed in a slide deck on gender ideology – reviewed by Fox News – a “gender Tootsie Roll pop” identity. The self-identified feminist referred to this agenda as “The New Gender Wars,” while previously she has said it was a “Gender Revolution.”
The chief psychologist at Benioff pushes for social transitions to begin in early childhood. “Gender comes in an infinite variety, and children should get to live in their affirmed gender at such time they know it,” Ehrensaft said.
Genders listed by Ehrensaft included, “Pangender Youth,” “Protogay Children,” “Prototransgender Youth,” “Gender Teslas,” “Gender Ambidextrous Children,” and “Gender Smoothies.”
It wasn’t the first time Ehrensaft made what some may consider fringe claims about gender ideology. Fox News Digital first reported that the clinician believes kids can be “gender hybrids,” which include a mythology-inspired creature called a “gender Minotaur,” and that kids can change their genders by season and can have different identities depending on their location.
Fundamentally, the children’s hospital director believes that society as a whole has a diagnosis of gender identity disorder, not transgender youth. “Gender pathology lies more in the culture than in the child,” she said.
“We need to wait and see, how about until adolescence, and not jump to premature conclusions about a child[‘s] [gender identity].”
She also claimed that if a child is simultaneously struggling with his or her gender in addition to other psychiatric issues, those issues are caused by society.
“If present, individual psychological/psychiatric problems are often secondary to negative interpersonal and cultural reactions to a child,” she said. “It is not for us to say, but for the children to tell [what their genders are].”
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