Germany gives ‘third gender’ option on birth certificates

DFB32DE64F3AB64B5C81FA229B4730_h231_w308_m5_cqYchCfUgGood news for new parents in Germany: You can paint the new baby’s room pink, blue or a totally neutral beige. As of Nov. 1, Germany becomes the first European country to let parents assign their baby a “third gender” on its birth certificate if the infant’s sex cannot be clearly identified. A court decision led to the change, finding that if a person “deeply feels” they belong to a certain gender, they should be able to choose how to identify themselves. The law is intended to help intersexuals, also known as hermaphrodites, who are people born with both male and female physical attributes

In the case of hermaphrodites, “to be determined” is pretty much valid. JMHO. What do you think?


6 thoughts on “Germany gives ‘third gender’ option on birth certificates

  1. Touchy subject you trouble maker lol, I’m going to stay safe since its a birth cert. and if no true gender is discernible then it makes good sense for it to state “other” or what ever the box 3 says.
    Ps yes I know that was a cop out 😉

  2. Well, having had past students whose family had to make this decision, I was always confused because they almost always seemed to choose the opposite of what the child wanted later in life. I’m sure they were doing their best be trying to do it young, and probably thought they could “make” child into whatever they chose, but I’m not sure it turns out that way. Said only from the prospective of someone who has seen children struggle with their own identity. I don’t know what I’d do in that situation… guess it’s one of those, “you have to be there moments”. At least with “other”, that might be safer that “confused”, “both”, or “alien”.

    Have missed you lately! Hope all is well with you my friend! 😀

  3. On a serious note, it must be difficult to have both sexes in one body; a nightmare, in fact. To the South of this island there is a place called “Salinas” which is known for the enormous amount of hermaphrodites born to those families. It’s not a third gender, but rather the “lack of it”. Parents tend to choose and dress/raise their children accordingly, but when they reach adulthood, their hormones speak for themselves and that’s when all hell breaks loose.

    IMHO, society should back them up in the sense that it’s not their fault, but a very real medical condition which they didn’t choose and have to live with.

    Now, that being said, let me tell you this: cross-dressing and travesties do not go (necessarily) hand in hand with hermaphroditism. There are people who live with their condition with dignity and poise until they’re able to choose and that’s that.

    It isn’t and shouldn’t be an excuse for deviant behaviour. There are “third-gender” individuals who are NOT hermaphrodites. That’s another ball game all together. That’s a behaviour which I DO NOT and CANNOT back up. It’s chosen. It’s unnatural. It’s sinful and sad.

  4. : D Sorry, I was kidding there at the end about the aliens, but I agree there is a big difference in someone both as a hermaphrodite and someone born one way and choosing to go the other. To me they are two distinctly different things/problems, or whatever you wish to call them. Just as I disagree with the new supposed questions on the Passport paperwork….It is suppose tohave some unusual wording for the possibilities of what type of “family” they are. If that makes sense…

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