April 11, 2024

Dismantling the ‘Transgender’ Narrative

Common sense and the realization that trans activism is the tyranny of the few are starting to make public opinion swing back to sanity.

Science continues to prove common sense on the gender front. A new study has reaffirmed what has already been posited: that most children who struggle with gender confusion grow out of it by adulthood.

This study comes from the Netherlands. Over the span of 15 years, researchers followed 2,700 children. Starting at age 11, they asked the participants every three years whether or not they felt confused about their gender. The results are what one might expect.

Discomfort in their own bodies began to manifest at around age 11 (the onset of puberty). Girls were more prone to this feeling of gender discontent than boys. But by age 25, a significant majority of these children — 96%, in fact — no longer felt discomfort with their biological sex.

There are, of course, those cases in which the confusion persists. According to the study, only 4% of the adolescents who expressed discontent with their biological sex still persisted by age 25. This tends to line up with pre-social contagion trends. Gender identity disorder, a real mental illness, was originally defined as persistent and consistent claims that an individual was the wrong sex. People affected by this mental disorder generally had symptoms manifest at a very young age, and sufferers were typically males. Until the 2013 broadening of the disorder to gender dysphoria by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), that population was vanishingly small.

Terminology changes like “gender dysphoria” aren’t the only top-down enforcement to elevate this new victim class. The APA, the American Medical Association, and other medical governing authorities also decided to change “sex” to the seemingly more gender-inclusive “sex assigned at birth.” This slow rhetorical takeover changed a word that was simply a descriptor of an innate fact to a politically and culturally charged phrase.

Like many leftist euphemisms, the phrase “sex assigned at birth” obfuscates and confuses the issue. A person is not “assigned a sex at birth”; he or she is either male or female, beginning with chromosomes at conception, and that makes a heck of a difference when it comes to medical care.

As philosopher Alex Byrne and evolutionary biologist Carole K. Hooven state in a New York Times guest essay: “When influential organizations and individuals promote ‘sex assigned at birth,’ they are encouraging a culture in which citizens can be shamed for using words like ‘sex,’ ‘male’ and ‘female’ that are familiar to everyone in society, as well as necessary to discuss the implications of sex. This is not the usual kind of censoriousness, which discourages the public endorsement of certain opinions. It is more subtle, repressing the very vocabulary needed to discuss the opinions in the first place.”

These medical institutions are forcing a language change that is not only unnecessary but is on behalf of a social craze that still represents only a small portion of society (though, sadly, that number seems to be growing in the younger generations).

Everything about the arguments presented by the transgender activists is contrary to logic, common sense, and scientific fact. They say that children must be allowed to medically transition whenever they start to feel the slightest discomfort in their own bodies (commonly known as puberty, it turns out). “They” includes “trusted authorities” like the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), which American medical institutions look to as the expert on the subject. Too bad WPATH has been exposed as an ideologically blind medical malpractitioner.

The Netherlands study effectively proves that medical intervention is unnecessary and harmful, as 96% of children grow out of it by adulthood. Activists push for “gender-inclusive language,” but insisting on their rhetorical tyranny is stupid in the face of the facts: there are only males and females in the human species.

One more study worth mentioning debunks yet another transgender activist talking point. In Finland, researchers just quashed the “trans your kids or they’ll commit suicide” narrative. These researchers followed 2,083 gender-confused people under the age of 23 and 16,643 gender-conforming (read: normal) peers. The study concludes, “Clinical gender dysphoria does not appear to be predictive of all-cause nor suicide mortality when psychiatric treatment history is accounted for.” In other words, a child claiming to be transgender isn’t more likely to commit suicide than the non-gender-confused. However, caregivers need to take into account other psychological comorbidities and treat those.

Europe, it seems, is leading the way once again on the pushback against child sterilization and mutilation, commonly known as “gender-affirming care.” France and Britain have both indicated that they will be pulling back from medical interventions for gender confusion manifested in minors.

Americans are pushing back as well, as the illogic transgender cult folds in on itself like a house of cards.

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