Gender Ideology Is ‘Just Too Early’ For Children, Psychoanalyst Warns

A seasoned psychoanalyst is raising an alarm about the indoctrination of young children with gender ideology before they are psychologically and emotionally prepared. 

Erica Komisar, with 35 years of experience as a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst, is urging caution in an op-ed arguing that most young children are not developmentally equipped to deal with complex gender issues.

“It’s just too early for them. They’re not really equipped developmentally to be thinking about their identity in this way or gender specifically,” Komisar said.

Komisar’s concerns were fueled by increasing efforts from schools to mold students’ minds around the idea that a person can change their biological gender. 

Last year, the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, recommended strategies to introduce gender pronouns to children as young as pre-K. 

In a webinar titled “Using Pronouns to Create a Safe, Welcoming, and Inclusive Environment,” panelists advised schools to not only ask students of all ages about their preferred pronouns but to also include LGBTQ+ books in school libraries. 

Last month, the union released a toolkit on gender identity and sensual orientation for teachers, which it claimed are ways to “dismantle systems of oppression” and encourage educators to avoid “assuming pronouns.”

Komisar strongly advocates for parents taking the lead in discussing “difficult” topics like sensuality, death, and gender with their children, emphasizing that these subjects should only be broached when the child starts asking questions or showing curiosity. 

“Even then you only answer very succinctly and wait for more questions,” she stated, recommending a more measured approach as she said schools are teaching these subjects “in an indoctrinating kind of way.” 

The veteran psychoanalyst also expressed caution about transgender treatments for children, highlighting the “volatility” and “fluidity” of their identities. She confirmed beliefs that making permanent body changes, such as administering puberty blockers to young children, can carry risks, as their personalities are still in a formative stage.

Despite her criticism of the woke approach to gender issues, Komisar advocates for compassion and understanding for children struggling with their identity. “I think you can explain to individual children who are struggling and, you know, wanting to call themselves ‘Sue’ instead of ‘Jack.’ And that’s their nickname. And I think there are ways to do it compassionately without necessarily overwhelming children.”