The article starts with this sentence:
"A 3 ½-year-old named Harry was playing at home in Los Angeles recently when his father walked in with a Target shopping bag. Inside was a special gift for the little boy: a sparkly princess Barbie doll."
The article goes on to discuss the rewards and problems of allowing children to express themselves as they want.
There's a quote from Arlene Istar Lev, a well-known gender therapist in the Albany, New York area, a discussion of various gender-bending children's books, like 10,000 Dresses, the Raising My Rainbow blog, the J. Crew-Toemageddon controversy, the research into gender-variant children, and some of the problems those children and parents are having.
The research seems to indicate that most gender-variant children grow up to be gay, and not transgender or transsexual, though there is some question of self-selection.
There's also the NYT Motherlode blog, where readers can make comments on this topic. Interestingly, most are supportive. Except for "Concerned Citizen" from "Anywheresville, USA," who begins as follows:
Why don't we talk about what this REALLY is? It's not like the old days, when I was a little girl (late 50s) and I wanted to dress like a cowboy (not a cowGIRL) and my parents smiled and indulged me. This is new age, lefty POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, so obsessed with the gay agenda that absolutely dominates their cultural conversation, that a parent in Oakland, California can go to the PSYCHIATRIST with a little boy who simply wants to wear his sister's princess dress and DEMAND the child be given "hormone blockers".