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Mother slammed for asking 6-year-old 'are you a boy or a girl?' in viral TikTok video: 'This is child abuse'

The conversation or the video's purpose wasn't clarified, but since it's gone viral, there's been massive uproar from a section of social media who called it 'child abuse'
The child in the TikTok video (Twitter screenshot)
The child in the TikTok video (Twitter screenshot)

In a viral video, a mother can be seen pressing her six-year-old child about her gender. The little girl appears to be in a park when the unidentified woman points the camera at her daughter's face and asks: "Are you a boy or a girl?" In the original TikTok video, the mother claims she initiated the conversation with her daughter by asking her about her gender. The caption read: “My six-year-old daughter asks me if I think she ‘looks like a boy.’ I asked her, ‘Do you wanna look like a boy?’ Her response left me speechless.”

Accompanied by soothing background music, the video sees the voice of the mother ask her daughter the big question that leaves her pondering. But when asked if she is a boy or a girl, the little girl, seen wearing a baseball cap backwards, answers very thoughtfully, "I don't know. I don't know who I am." The mother then urges, "So you don't know who you are?" and the girl can be seen shaking her head in response. 


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The mother pushes the question further - this time asking "Who do you think you are?” Pausing for a moment before she answers, the girl says, "I feel like I’m a boy." She continues, "But I feel like —” before the mother cuts her off and asks "You feel like you’re a boy? What makes you think that?” The child, who once again looks very adorably invested in answering her mother's question, finally replies with, "I’m not sure, but I feel like I’m talking like a boy.”

The conversation or the video's purpose wasn't clarified, but since it's gone viral, there's been massive uproar from a section of social media who called it 'child abuse'. While the American Psychiatric Association states, “As many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty," social media was convinced the child was being harassed with questions like this. 


Political commentator Sara Gonzalez was among the first to call out the video on Twitter; the Blaze TV presenter shared the clip on the platform, alongside the caption: "This is child abuse."

Others called it terrible parenting, with a user replying under Gonzalez's tweet: "Just awful parenting. The mom had an opportunity to answer her beautiful daughters questions instead she left her confused and doubting herself. The mom has a mind of a six year old child." Another tweeted, "More proof that not everyone is equipped to parent.. utter stupidity to have this kind of conversation with a child this young."

Others claimed: "Ok, ask her; How does a boy feel? What makes you think you don’t feel like a girl? Ask yourself; Why am I asking her these questions when she’s clearly not experienced enough to answer them? What if she says she feels like a dog, will you put a collar on her?" 

Some even felt the entire clip was staged, with one user quipping, "Her response left her speechless.....because she couldn't believe how well her daughter recited the speech she taught her." Expressing outrage another user chimed in, "She doesn't know because she's 6. What in God's name is going on here. She needed to say, ok go play now. The end!"