Journalist René Salinas Ramos felt he was being discriminated against by Ecuadorian family courts in his legal battle over the custody of his two daughters, El Universo has revealed.
Therefore, he recently changed legal sex from male to female.
Under the Ecuadorian 2016 Gender Identity Law, adults may change their sex marker based on self-determination by a visit to the Civil Registry, without undergoing surgery or hormonal therapy.
Reportedly, Salinas Ramos “took this radical decision because he claims that justice benefits mothers to the detriment of men.” “What I have been looking for is to give the love and protection that a mother can give her children,” he said.
According to El Universo, an Ecuadorian news outlet, the father claims he hasn’t seen his older daughter for a year and a half. He also asserts that his younger daughter “suffers constant physical abuse,” presumably by the mother. Salinas Ramos also allegedly demands he’d be called “mom,” but the news outlet hasn’t specified by whom.
Despite taking advantage of a law aimed at “LGBTQ+” persons, Salinas Ramos does not identify as one. In fact, he claims he is “very sure” of his sexuality. Judging by his Facebook page, he also appears to be religious, as well as against abortion, feminism and “LGBT.” For instance, in a 2020 Facebook post, Salinas Ramos shared a satirical video making fun of gender ideology.
Not only does Salinas Ramos believe that family courts discriminate against men. In various Facebook posts, he seems to suggest that men in general are being ruled by women and is a supporter of a “Fathers’ Rights” NGO (Fundacion Padres por Justicia).
The NGO claims its aim is to “make visible the obstruction of family ties and classify it as a crime.” It also wishes to raise awareness about “parental alienation” and “how it results in child abuse.”
Parental alienation syndrome (PAS) was introduced by psychiatrist Richard Gardner in late 1980s to describe children who exhibited certain symptoms because of manipulation by one parent against another. One way this syndrome manifested itself, was, according to Gardner, false sexual abuse accusations against the father.
Gardner’s views on sexual abuse of children were a source of controversy. In his 1992 book, ''True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse,'' he wrote that pedophilia is an “accepted practice among literally billions of people.'' He also claimed that “There is a bit of pedophilia in every one of us," as well as that "It is because our society overreacts to it [pedophilia] that children suffer."
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