On Planet Fitness and the question of judgment


My parents worked hard to instill good judgment in me, because kids are born with no judgment at all: I will put this dead bug in my mouth! I refuse to wear a jacket in winter! Watch me climb up on the roof and jump off into a pile of sofa pillows I have arranged on the lawn for this purpose!

Judgment – a complex function of the brain’s frontal lobe that includes risk assessment, long-range planning, the determination of similarities and differences between things and events, and an understanding of future consequences resulting from present actions – doesn’t fully develop in humans until our mid-20s. Remember the crazy noises AOL made when you tried to get online in 1997? How you couldn’t be on the phone AND the Internet at the same time? That’s what we’re like! Attempting to connect. Page loading. Page failed to load.

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4 thoughts on “On Planet Fitness and the question of judgment

  1. “And, when he grows from a boy into a man, let him fall in love with normal gay men who might love him back ”

    Um, i hope that was a joke. Given the rest of your article i would assume that you accept that a boy could like what society has deemed “girly” and still have the right to be straight.

    1. However, we do know from the available evidence that most children who are now pegged as transgendered would have grown up to be gay or lesbian respectively. There are some cross-dressers who started as kids and grow up to be straight or bi but they seem to be in the minority.

      I’m talking about habitual cross-dressing here, by the way, not the occasional experimentation with gender boundaries that most kids do when they’re very young. My daughter went through a phase of talking either in “boy voice” or “girl voice” when she was a few years younger. She’s ten now and knows she’s a girl.

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