In London, the UK, a young boy has begun hormone treatments to become a girl. Thomas Lobel, at the age of eleven, is now Tammy Lobel, the child (son/daughter?!) of a lesbian couple. According to the UK paper, Mailonline, the treatments began at the age of seven, when Tommy threatened to mutilate his own genitals because he was not a girl.
The implication of this is profound. Here is a young boy who is supposedly aware of his own sexuality to the point that he consensually undergoes changes to his sexual identity. This sexual self-awareness at such a young age has the potential for rending null and void statutory rape laws.
The fundamental premise behind such laws is that a child is incapable of consenting to sex with an adult due to a lack of sexual self-awareness. An adult who has sex with a child cannot claim consent without the assumption of some kind of manipulation and coercion. However, if a child is able to consent to sex with an adult because he or she fully aware of what is happening, then the law cannot assume that the adult was taking advantage of the child. It is no longer statutory rape. This has the potential to open the doors for equal rights for pedophilia.
There is an important observation that needs to be made with this story. First, the story states the following:
At age seven, after threatening genital mutilation on himself, psychiatrists diagnosed Thomas with gender identity disorder. By the age of eight, he began transitioning.
This action shows that Tommy did not simply believe he was a girl, but had such a fundamental anger and hatred toward his own male genitalia that he wanted to do himself, or at least his genitalia, great harm. Tommy’s lesbian parents obviously have a problem with men, given that they married each other instead of each marrying a man. The raw hatred Tommy reveals towards his own maleness may be a reflection of his female parents harboring a negative view of men.
If a young girl had a profound hatred of her female body to the point that she threatened to mutilate herself, the first question would be if she had suffered some sort of sexual abuse, or at the least psychological abuse, at the hands of a mysognist father. Allowing, or encouraging, her to change into a boy would not be a first and immediate option.