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The making of trans children

Campaigners, doctors and teachers have turned a fringe idea into a worrying reality.

Joanna Williams

Joanna Williams
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Should schools have gender-neutral uniforms? Should tampons be available in the boys’ toilets for pupils who were born female but now identify as male? Which changing room should transgender pupils use after PE lessons? Should parents be informed if their daughter asks to be treated as a boy at school? Should transgender children be prescribed hormones to delay the onset of puberty?

Discussion about the treatment of transgender people often focuses on the experiences of children. In part, this is because it is down to adults to determine what is in a child’s best interests, and what is best for transgender children is fiercely contested. But it is also because transgender activists make children the focus of campaigns, television programmes and teaching materials.

Children serve as a useful moral shield for transgender activists, deflecting questions and criticism. The very existence of trans children lends support to their claim that people are born with a sense of gender identity, that sometimes a male brain develops in a female body and vice versa. The figure of the trans child, now ingrained in the popular imagination, makes it seem as if transgender people have always existed. This, in turn, lends further weight to the argument that being transgender is an innate characteristic. Inventing Transgender Children and Young People, a new book edited by Michele Moore and Heather Brunskell-Evans, shatters each of the convenient myths that have built up around the transgender child.

Inventing the transgender child

Inventing Transgender Children includes contributions from academics, psychiatrists and parents, as well as young adults who transitioned as children but are now questioning the process they underwent. Together, they show that far from being an ever-present biological reality, transgenderism is an entirely invented concept with no basis in neuroscience, psychology or psychiatry. They argue that there is little evidence to support claims that brains are sexed, and no evidence whatsoever to suggest that some fetuses develop with mismatched brains and bodies. In fact, they note, ‘The idea that transgenderism is an internal, pre-social phenomenon that has existed throughout history is not an evidenced fact, but a proposition’. And far from being a long-standing proposition, it was only around five years ago that the existence of the transgender child became widely accepted.

One contributor locates the invention of transgenderism within the medical profession: ‘It became possible to conceptualise “gender identity” as dislocated from biological sex when new medical technologies for the first time made it possible for doctors to change the bodies of those born with indeterminate genitals and to assign them to a sex.’ In this way, he argues, ‘the availability of the treatment appears to have essentially created the demand’.

Protesters demand that transgender students have access to school bathrooms, New York City, 23 February 2017.
Protesters demand that transgender students have access to school bathrooms, New York City, 23 February 2017.

When it comes to children, Brunskell-Evans traces the formation of two distinct transgender identities over a 30-year period. The first, she suggests, ‘is that of the unfortunate victim “born in the wrong body”‘, while ‘the second is that of the revolutionary adolescent who bravely sensitises the older generation, including trained clinicians, to the subtleties, complexities and politics of gender’. These two distinct identities, victim and revolutionary, increasingly merge to form ‘the transgender child’, promoted by charities, present on YouTube and taught as part of the school curriculum.

Hiding behind children, especially children who are both victims and revolutionaries, may be useful for transgender activists intent on promoting their own ideology. But, as the contributors to Inventing Transgender Children make clear, it has devastating consequences for children, who are not only exploited by activists, but also by some teachers, doctors, social workers and psychiatrists – the very people meant to protect them from harm.

Positive affirmation

Having helped bring the transgender child into existence, some members of the medical profession now readily sing from the same hymn sheet as campaigners. They recommend one approach to transgender children above all others: positive affirmation. Or, in other words, an unquestioning acceptance that children are the gender they say they are. This approach is promoted as ‘best practice’ by schools and social workers. Parents who do not get on board and uncritically affirm their child’s new gender identity report feeling ‘marginalised and ultimately excluded from having any input into intervention planning and care’ for their own child.

Unquestioning acceptance that a child is the gender they claim to be may, at first glance, seem kind. Children enjoy all kinds of flights of fancy and, as adults, we often indulge them. But, crucially, even at the very moment we tell children about the tooth fairy we know that no such creature exists. A few years down the line, when an older and more sceptical child questions us, we confess to having been the purveyor of the coins. Yet, when it comes to gender identity, adults are instructed to lose all sense of reality. They are told not just to humour a child’s fantasies, but also to do all they can to confirm that this newly invented idea is more real than the physical presence of the child’s body.

Inventing Transgender Children details the ways in which positive affirmation harms children. For a child who is going through ‘a phase’, or is simply a little confused, affirming a new identity ‘may freeze the development of their thoughts and… consolidate confusion’. This is exacerbated by the fact that positive affirmation often leads immediately to ‘social transition’, whereby children might take on a new name, adopt the pronouns and clothing normally associated with the opposite sex, and gain access to spaces once forbidden. Thoughout this process, transgender children are not just accepted, or cared for. They are also celebrated for their bravery and challenge to convention.

Unasked questions

Social transition may then lead to medical transition including, potentially, the prescription of hormones to block puberty. Inventing Transgender Children provides a detailed account of the risks associated with puberty blockers and the lack of long-term data surrounding their efficacy. Yet, somehow, trans children are assumed to have the capacity to consent to such interventions long before they are able to purchase cigarettes or alcohol. Positive affirmation makes it more difficult for children to change their minds about their gender identity, and begin to accept the body they were born into. Climbing off the pedestal adults have put them on means denying being a brave revolutionary and admitting to being just like everyone else.

Perhaps most tragically of all, positive affirmation prevents any invesitgation into why a child may have come to see themselves as transgender. Instead of asking children how they feel about their body or their life, they are asked what type of toys they like to play with or what clothes they prefer to wear. As Roberto D’Angelo explains, ‘We do not ask what it means in the context of their particular developmental history or their current family and social context to be a man or a woman. Such questions are considered pathologising, because they appear to seek out the causes and aetiology of the child’s gendered experience, rather than accept it as an innate, “true” essence.’

Inventing Transgender Children highlights statistics showing that ‘increasing numbers of young people who identify as transgender have pre-existing mental-health problems, past trauma or troubled backgrounds’. It points out that ‘in one recent study, 10 per cent had suffered past sexual abuse… [And] 35 per cent of children referred to the Tavistock [the UK’s national gender-identity clinic for children] exhibit moderate to severe autistic traits.’ Many also believe that a proportion of transgender children would, without positive affirmation, simply grow up to be gay. One parent asks, ‘I would like someone to explain to me how a therapist who simply affirms Alex’s trans identification without trying to understand its origins is not practising gay-conversion therapy’.

Lisa Marchiano spells out many of the complex personal problems that may lead children to think they are transgender. As well as the issues detailed above, some children may have experienced bullying, or feel that they do not fit in with other children or with members of their family. Some may struggle with the stereotypical behaviour expected of their sex. But positive affirmation means these issues are neither raised nor dealt with. The child learns only that their body is the source of all their problems and changing their body will make everything better.

Contagion

Marchiano explores how various social or psychological problems may manifest in different forms in different eras. At any given point in time, selective medical symptoms are culturally legitimised and sanctioned. Women suffering from hysteria during the 19th century or anorexia in the late-20th century were experiencing mental distress, but the way this distress was expressed differed. Today, as Marchiano explains, gender dysphoria provides an acceptable cultural script for children – especially girls – to signal distress. Positive affirmation, in taking this cultural script at face value, fails to uncover deeper problems that may remain buried and untreated. Children are denied access to other forms of support, and parents, with intimate knowledge of their own child, are demonised for not accepting that gender dysphoria is the only topic under discussion.

A protester demonstrates during a transgender-rights rally, in Philadelphia, 25 February 2017.
A protester demonstrates during a transgender-rights rally, in Philadelphia, 25 February 2017.

Focusing on the symptoms rather than the cause of gender dysphoria, and pushing children into an individual process of transition, also prevents broader social questions from being raised. Although the total numbers of children seeking medical support to transition is relatively small, there has been a rapid increase in referrals in recent years. What’s more, girls seeking to transition now vastly outnumber boys. Far more girls than boys exhibit signs of what’s come to be labelled as Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD), ‘where, far from announcing their view that they have been born in the wrong gender at a very young age, older teenagers and young adults suddenly and quickly come to identify as transgender’. Important questions need to be asked about how and why more girls than boys are affected by ROGD. Unfortunately, the orthodoxy of positive affirmation, and the prohibition on asking questions, means ROGD remains a poorly understood phenomenon.

Marchiano explores the possibility of ‘contagion’, whereby children ‘catch’ the idea that they may be transgender from other people. She highlights 19th-century ‘medical celebrity’ Jean-Martin Charcot, who diagnosed hysteria as having a biological cause and evangelised his findings through dramatic and well-attended lectures. Charcot would perform live diagnoses of hysteria, although, as others have since noted, it was likely he was stimulating symptoms through suggestion. Marchiano argues that today’s equivalent, the viral YouTube clip, is a far more effective form of contagion, because it can reach a much wider audience and be watched by young children in the privacy of their bedrooms. In this way, children who already feel troubled become radicalised online. Being transgender provides them with a readymade community to join, and a sense of identity that offers a seemingly straightforward explanation for their problems. In turn, as Michele Moore notes, ‘instructions gleaned on the internet help construct the child’s invention of themselves as transgender’.

YouTube celebrities may instruct troubled teenage girls on how to be transgender, but this would be little more than a passing fad without schools, social workers, health professionals, therapists and the mainstream media confirming this newfound identity, and glamourising those who attain its exalted status. This further fuels the contagion.

Where are the adults?

Inventing Transgender Children offers crucial insights into why growing numbers of children are coming to see themselves as transgender, and the potentially damaging consequences this has for some of the most vulnerable members of our society. It is a vital intervention, and should be disseminated widely.

At the end, however, one question, for me at least, remains unanswered: why are we allowing this to happen? Why have so many apparently ‘caring’ adults been happy to cheer all this on? In the concluding chapter, Stephanie Davies-Arai and Susan Matthews offer a number of suggestions, from a taboo on homosexuality to a politically motivated drive to ‘convince girls from an early age to believe that “woman” is an identity they can choose and that some women have penises’, in order to ‘prevent the development of a feminist political consciousness’.

Two broader social trends, felt on every page of Inventing Transgender Children, are also worth exploring. The first is an identity-driven cult of victimhood, where social hierarchies are constructed, and those deemed to have suffered most, simply because of who they are, are placed on the top. The second is the problem adults currently have with socialising children. Some adults consciously reject this role, while others have their capacity to act persistently undermined. The result, in both cases, is that rather than assuming responsibility for children’s development, adults deny they have any authority, suspend disbelief and act upon the child’s wishes. The beatification of the militant child victim who must instruct adults in the correct way to behave is detrimental to the future of society. And it’s devastating for the children thrust into this position.

Joanna Williams is currently researching the impact of changing attitudes towards sex and gender in her role as director of the Freedom, Democracy and Victimhood Project at the think tank, Civitas.

Inventing Transgender Children and Young People, by Heather Brunskell-Evans and Michele Moore (eds), is published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (Buy this book from Amazon(UK).)

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Comments

Hugh Oxford

1st March 2020 at 4:32 pm

Spiritual warfare. Wolves prowling the world for the ruin of souls. Understand this. This isn’t science or medicine or politics. It’s spiritual warfare. It’s the heart of darkness.

Cody Bailey

21st February 2020 at 12:57 pm

One day in the not too distant future sex changes will be regarded as the lobotomy of our time, a horrific crime against humanity.

juliusB

1st March 2020 at 10:20 am

I think that day might have come as Tavistock clinic is being taken to court by a female to male who feels s/he was rushed into transition and at the age of 16 the parents were not involved.

Remittance Man

19th February 2020 at 11:49 am

Okay. Simple question from a non-expert, non-activist.

There is an 8 year old child who to all outward appearances is female. Said child states with absolute certainty that she is actually male and wiches to undergo gender reassignment.
Is she simply going through a phase, expressing emotions that are infact the first inklings of lesbianism or is she genuinely suffering from gender dysphoria?

The answer to that question could have serious repercussions if the default reaction is to put the child on a drug regime with a view to further reassignment procedures. To only one of the above answers would chemical or physical mutilation be considered a good outcome.

Lauder Eric

18th February 2020 at 6:05 pm

There’s no such thing as a “trans children”: none can be uncomfortbale in an adult body s/he don’t have yet.

It’s simple as that, all the rest is big pharma propaganda and dirty businesses.

Same as the supposed benefits of male genital mutilation (circumcision) in USA, but even worse.

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Rikhard Wright

14th February 2020 at 2:56 pm

I don’t want to over-simplify, but I am certain that behind all this science lies the chilling fact that we are ruled by media who are not our friends, to put it mildly.
They hop onto popular bandwagons, which, in turn, incites more people to hop onto the media’s own second-hand bandwagons, and thus the whole thing escalates into what any educated person can recognize as “mass hysteria”. And I don’t apologize for using that politically incorrect word which describes the phenomenon of allowing yourself to overreact when your emotions are particularly strong.
All of history’s witch hunts, political, moral or economic, have been based on hysteria: Just to take non-religious circumcision as a fairly recent example, the strongest possible emotions have been called forth by this topic, and yet, once you get down to the actual REASONS people put forward for this barbarism, the silliest, most infantile and least scientific gibberish is offered for our serious consideration…
The media are our enemy, so we need to employ the strictest possible standards when deciding which of them to give the time of day.

James Richard Bailey

13th February 2020 at 4:57 pm

In order to enter into a discussion on this topic, I will beg that participants try to separate emotion from logic. So, here goes.

***This is about medical experimentation. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. The U.S.A. is a signatory to the Neuremberg Code, which is a set of research ethics principles for human experimentation created as a result of the Nuremberg trials at the end of the Second World War. Look it up. We are subject to a host of medical procedures that are not proven to be either safe or effective. Vaccines are a case in point, but that is a topic for another time. Many psychiatric treatments that are generally accepted these days also fall into the “unsafe and ineffective” category. A huge percentage of our children are on Adderal,

The headline in this article is misleading. It says “South Dakota’s legislature threatens transgender youth”. Not what the article is even about. It is about medical experimentation on minor children.

There are no studies of any consequence that prove that not being “transitioned” is a danger to a child’s life. Teens commit suicide mostly because they are immature and compulsive. Their prefrontal cortex is just entering its formative stage. There is a reason why minors can’t enter into contracts, purchase alcohol or tobacco, join the armed forces, or consent to sex with an adult.

For a child to be making a decision that will have life-long consequences it must be in a time of utmost urgency…like in a time when all of the adults who can make a meaningful attempt at guiding the child through the unfamiliar terrain of such decisions have vanished from the scene. Not a helpful, good hearted, wise adult to be found anywhere.

Ideation is a state of mind that occurs when an object or a status becomes the only thing a person can think about. This occurs more in children than in adults. For one thing, the part of their brains that connects consequences to actions is not yet functioning. It can’t. It hasn’t even developed yet, except in the crudest sense. It is called the prefrontal cortex.

In the past, many experts believed that the brain may have been done developing in the mid to late teens. Then along came some evidence to suggest that development may last until at least age 20. These days, a consensus of neuroscientists agree that brain development likely persists until at least the mid-20s – possibly until the 30s. The fact that our brains aren’t developed until the mid 20s means that “legal adults” (those age 18+) are allowed to make adult decisions, without fully mature brains.
https://mentalhealthdaily.com/2015/02/18/at-what-age-is-the-brain-fully-developed/

What exactly does the prefrontal cortex do?
Attention: The ability to focus on one thing, while ignoring distractions is a function of our prefrontal cortex. Those with attentional deficits (e.g. ADHD) may have abnormalities within the prefrontal region. Similarly, those who abuse drugs and/or alcohol may end up with attention problems as the brain forms.
• Complex planning: The prefrontal region is responsible for complex planning. Anytime you set a goal that requires some degree of planning, your prefrontal region is at work. Planning out tasks in your day, developing a business plan, etc. – this region is responsible. An underdeveloped prefrontal region means that your planning capabilities haven’t been solidified.
• Decision making: We often struggle to make good decisions when we are teenagers, but as we enter our 20s, our decision making improves. This is due to the fact that our prefrontal cortex helps us think logically and make more calculated assessments of situations. Our brain weighs the risks and tells us whether a certain behavior or choice is a good idea vs. a bad one.
• Impulse control: Struggling with impulsivity is often related to deficits in the prefrontal cortex. The ability to maintain self-discipline and avoid impulsive behaviors hasn’t reached its peak until the 20s. This means that if you struggle with impulsivity when you’re 18, it may get better as you continue to age.
• Logical thinking: Justifying behaviors based off of emotions rather than logic is common among teens. When the prefrontal cortex fully develops, logical thinking simultaneously improves. This means you will be better at rationalizing and making smarter choices. It also means that your ability to write and solve math problems will improve.
• Organized thinking: Organizing your thinking can be difficult when you’re a teen. A barrage of thoughts are typically influenced by hormones and you may have concentration difficulties. As you continue to age and your thoughts become more organized. The organization of your thoughts is a result of your prefrontal cortex.
• Personality development: Your personality is directly expressed based off of your prefrontal cortex. Without proper stimulation, you may struggle with identity issues and developing a favorable personality. Since personality development continues throughout the 20s, you may want to consider how environmental inputs may affect who you are.

• Risk management: The ability to assess risky situations and determine whether they will result in long-term benefit is a byproduct of your prefrontal cortex. Those who are poor at assessing risk may have underdeveloped prefrontal regions. The ability to turn down immediate gratification for long-term rewards is a result of this region.
• Short-term memory: Your short-term memory function is influenced by the prefrontal cortex. When still in development, your short-term memory isn’t as good as it will be by the time you’re 25. As the brain continues to mature, your cognitive function and memorization capacity will improve.

This is supposedly why we don’t let children enlist in the armed services, or drink alcoholic beverages, or even drive, for crying out loud. And yet we are going to facilitate the realization of their ideation about sex. Sex, for crying out loud, is one of the basic elements of emotion.

Nobody ever even explains the basics of sexual activity to children who have fixated upon being a different gender from their biological designation. Think about this. A boy gets an idea, no telling if that idea happens at birth, first birthday, year 3/4/5…you get the idea. At some point he gets the idea, or, if you will, becomes aware of an idea that has always been there. The idea that he would, could or should seek to become a female is unformed at first. Probably it is a visual.

In our current milieu, it is possible for a child under the age of 10 to determine that he or she would like to become the opposite sex. Nobody has yet spelled out for them the means, methods and consequences of just how this metamorphosis occurs. Nobody tells the little boy that if he has his penis and testicles removed, he will never have an orgasm.

In a comparison between the years 1993-1998 and 2005-2009, prescriptions of anti-psychotic drugs for per 100 children (0-13 years old) rose from 0.24 to 1.83. That’s more than a sevenfold increase. Given that most of prescriptions are for the older children in this age range, the rate would be substantially higher among preteens and 13-year-olds. For adolescents (14-20 years old) the increase was nearly fivefold.

So, for a child fixated on changing his or her gender, there is often the added complication of being drugged and then convinced that such a change is both possible and desirable. Yet, their limited decision making ability is even further compromised.
This is just insanity, a state of being that is growing among our population. Make us crazy. Feed us disinformation AND drugs. Fill the media with the deception. Guess who benefits from all this.

It is the medical-pharmacological-industrial complex. They are laughing all of the way to the bank.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

16th February 2020 at 3:11 pm

I haven’t read your comment because it is too long!

Thomas Forrest

28th February 2020 at 5:27 pm

A great post James. It spells out in quite an horrific manner quite how derelict we, the adults, have become in guiding our children when they need us most.

Homo Sapiens

11th February 2020 at 5:32 pm

ZENOBIA – “I would like to see more reasoned discussion in the Spiked comments.”

If that is the case, then I would suggest that you engage in it, rather than ignoring salient questions, pointing out words that you find funny, hurling ad hominems, etc.

I suspect you’re one of those many “intellectuals” who defines “reasoned discussion” as “a lot of people saying things I agree with.” I challenge you to engage in some reasoned discussion with a poster to prove me wrong.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

16th February 2020 at 3:09 pm

I’m not actually interest in your views. In fact, I barely read your comment.

John Brown

10th February 2020 at 7:56 am

You can not make, force or condition a child to be transgender. This has already been tried on an infant who had a surgical accident thaat left him without a penis at 6 months of age. he was also an identical twin by age 12, and after years of being defiant that he was not a girl, David Reimer went back to being a boy. Eventually both he and his brother killed themselves as a result.

As any Transgender person, and they will tell you they knew they were Transgender around age 5-7 years old. Pediatric psychologist say children as young as 2 years old have a very basic understanding of their gender identity.

Being Transgender is not a mental health disorder, while Gender dysphoria is, gender dysphoria is not inclusive to being Transgender, meaning less and less transgender people suffer from gender dysphoria, which is brought on by fear of rejection from family and society.

Medical science has long known there are physical differences between the male and female brain, especially when it comes to volume of white and grey matter, and one gland that is only in female brains.

since 2010, several studies, that have all been peer reviewed with the same findings, found that Transgender people have brains almost identical to the brains of their opposite sex which have been also confirmed in autopsy and under MRI. Also under MRI, their brains function exactly like the sex they identify with.

Also, no child under the age of 15 can be given hormone replacement therapy and only children who have been confirmed to be transgender, can go on puberty blockers at the onset of puberty. This is to give the brain time to mature a bit more whilst making the switch to HRT at age 15 eaiser so they can go through a late puberty of the opposite sex than their natal sex.

Science is not sure exactly what causes Transgender brains, but ithey agree it happens in utero and may have something to do with the hormone levels of the mother at the time of brain development.

Interesting to know, althogh sex is determined by the father’s sperm and at conception, all human embryo’s start out as female. it’s why men have nipples and can grow mammary glands and even produce milk with the right hormones. It’s also why attached to a woman’s uterus, is the starting of a prostate, and on a males prostate, is the beginnings of a uterus.

Y’all could learn something from science if you chose to look at the provable evidence.

Mike Oliver

10th February 2020 at 8:45 pm

Most people have no problem with people identifying as trans, they simply don’t believe that saying you are the other sex makes it a fact.
Even if it’s true that trans brains are similar to the sex they believe themselves to be, and I’m highly doubtful that that is the case, giving self identifying people legal satus as their claimed sex opens us up to all kinds of frauds and chancers to take advantage of that.
That’s how we’ve had male prisoners transferred to female prisons on this pretext who have raped female inmates and the likes of Jessica Yanev who demanded that “her” testicles be waxed in a women-only beauty salon.
It may well be the case that all trans adults believe they knew they were trans at age 7. But 80%+ of people who thought they were trans at 7 grow out of it when the hormones of puberty kick in.
Also there are many studies done by people who have a desired outcome from their research and many of their peers who are reviewing that research also want to believe a certain outcome. And worse, if you challenge the results of the research you are labelled a bigot. Which means a lot of questionable research doesn’t get challenged because it’s too dangerous to do so.
So forgive me, I don’t think we can trust the science you claim proves that trans is not a mental disorder.

Ward Anthony

11th February 2020 at 1:05 am

Yet this book released last year claims it’s a myth that men and women have different brains and much of the ‘science’ has been completely misinterpreted.
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00677-x

Afushe Styles

12th February 2020 at 6:01 pm

“One of the most important functions of the HPG axis is to regulate reproduction by controlling the uterine and ovarian cycles. In females, the positive feedback loop between estrogen and luteinizing hormone help to prepare the follicle in the ovary and the uterus for ovulation and implantation”

The IVF angle is the latest in our quest to not the whole story. But first let’s talk about the men in canada who sued the government because their Mothers were given a drug to prevent miscarriage called DES…they call themselves DES Sons and they claim that the hormone DES given to their Mothers caused gender confusion. Not sure what happened to the lawsuit but the lady who told me worked for the governmental department who’s task was to do a study, she said the study stopped I think because it was proving to be true. Now here we are giving high doses of hormones to women so they can product multiple eggs for IVF…it is said a little hormone goes along way. Too much throws off the HPG axis mentioned above. We have been playing around in pandoras box so to speak and are not telling the whole truth. These are the consequences…good or bad..of what we are doing. To tell the whole truth about it can bring alot of understanding as to what is going on.

Afushe Styles

12th February 2020 at 6:17 pm

To think logically about this is difficult when emotions and experts weigh in…but we must go into the past to see the future. Talking about this like it appeared out of nowhere continues our denial of the consequences of out actions. ..judging them good or bad is irrelevant. We want to understand so we can accept what is. We all really need each other it seems because we all bring something to foster understanding…however small. Hiding consequences is doing no one any good. Like the tooth fairy reference in the article…we all have to grow up sometime, we cant do that if the whole truth is being obscured. Peace.

Afushe Styles

12th February 2020 at 6:22 pm

The HPG Axis exists in both men and women btw….wish I could post a schematic of it. But it part of human biology….look it up. There is also the HPA Axis ….this one gets tampered with alot too. Let’s start from there.

alan smithee

9th February 2020 at 6:50 pm

Mysoginism dressed up as Trans activism or in that Yaniv case Racism & Mysoginism dressed up as Trans activism. Transvestites would be a better description.

John Brown

10th February 2020 at 7:58 am

that’s cross dressing and not the same as Transgender. Crossdresser’s get sexual pleasure dressing in the opposite sexes clothing. not even remotely similar to Transgender

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

16th February 2020 at 3:12 pm

No, ‘transgender’ is a superordinate term; ‘transsexual’ and ‘transvestite’ are hyponyms falling under the broader category of ‘transgender’.

Lauder Eric

18th February 2020 at 6:08 pm

Even pretending to be a man is actually a form of misogyny, “Alan”…

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9th February 2020 at 6:11 pm

You can and will lose your job if you say 2+2=4 in Wokeland..

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Andrew Simpson

9th February 2020 at 3:50 am

The woke left: “Shamima Begum was only 15yrs old and didn’t know what she was doing. Bring her back”

Also the woke left: “We should encourage 4yr olds to take powerful hormone drugs because they know best”

Geoff Cox

9th February 2020 at 1:25 pm

Quite, Andrew. There’s an image going around which you may have seen. A woman is telling a young boy it is his bedtime and he replies “So, I can’t decide my own bedtime, but I can decide my gender?”

Brandy Cluster

8th February 2020 at 10:29 pm

I cannot prove it and it will NEVER BE ALLOWED to be proven through any study, but ‘what if’ IVF conception (occurring in increasingly higher numbers in society) is somehow responsible for the rise in the number of ‘trans’ children? It’s a theory ONLY of mine, that I know of: that genetic material coming from homosexual males and used in IVF programs may have sex-orientation/gender confusion contained within that DNA which, under most normal conditions, wouldn’t be detected as it would not be passed on to a new generation. Ergo, it would be ‘blind’. It’s the increasingly high figures of IVF conception and the older nature of new mothers these days which got me wondering, and that has now possibly coincided with the era of ‘trans’ the birth of gender dysphoric children. Is there any link, or could there be? Would it matter? Why or why not?

Since we do not know what ’causes’ homosexuality it stands to reason that erring on the side of caution with regard to reproductive issues is at least worthy of investigation. I’m not saying I’m opposed to same sex couples marrying and/or raising children; not that. But I’m asking about the link between homosexual genetic material – which would normally not reach another generation – being used in the laboratory for large-scale reproduction. For the first time in world history large numbers of homosexual men are driving the birth, through their sperm, of a new generation. Perhaps there are, indeed, studies which have been conducted and which prove me wrong. I just don’t know about these and I’m pretty sure none of us ever will be allowed to know as it smacks of eugenics. But we HAVE to have these (and similar) conversations if we’re using a laboratory for reproduction. It’s the NUMBERS which are significant. Plus homosexual women are now giving birth for the first time in ANY SIGNIFICANT numbers.

I’m taking the bold step writing about it but I think it’s worthy of consideration.

Mike Oliver

9th February 2020 at 12:15 am

I strongly suspect that many gay people reproduced in the past simply by getting married inspite of their inclinations because up until 50 years ago it was illegal.
Even the likes of Philip Schofield married in the 90s despite the stigma around homosexuality all but disappearing.
I think the explosion in numbers is down to a psychological contagion rather than genetics or even deep rooted feelings of gender dysphoria. Young children are seeing trans identifying people being celebrated as brave and special and given attention and privileges merely for announcing that they are trans.
Many young people (and even adults) feel uncomfortable in their own skin but can’t put their finger on what the issue is. If they are unsure of their sexual inclinations, struggle in relationships and don’t like their bodies, they may feel that being trans might explain their inability to fit in.
If they are also susceptible to the “woke” cult and the desire to see oneself as oppressed, then identifying as trans becomes even more attractive.
I dare say that they won’t make a conscious calculation to take advantage of the benefits of being trans but there will be an unconscious pull in that direction.
There may also be environmental factors like the female hormones from the birth control pill finding their way into our water supply. Certainly sperm counts are way down.
And more broadly there is the encouragement of males to be more feminine as well as the demonisation of masculinity as being toxic.
This may explain why their are far more male to female trans.

Brandy Cluster

9th February 2020 at 1:23 am

I take your point about homosexuals being married in the past; yes, there have been plenty of those, just as there have been cases of gender dysphoria in the past. I’m suggesting the explosion of cases isn’t just IVF itself and its high use, but also the fact that putting DNA of homosexual men with lesbian women has the potential to create the perfect storm. This is happening quite a lot now in ‘arrangements’ people make between themselves. It seems too co-incidental to me, but I certainly take your well made point about the pathologising and fetishisation of any kind of difference. Put that with the bizarre idea that anybody can be any gender they like or do anything they like and you can see where that’s leading. It may be far more subtle than either of us suspect but in my bones I know there’s a connection.

The superstructure underneath all of this permissive culture is, of course, decadence itself.

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Jerry Owen

8th February 2020 at 4:18 pm

OT
Oxford English Dictionary
Narcissist = Philip Schofield.

Jim Lawrie

8th February 2020 at 9:59 pm

Before coming out he made sure his wife and daughters were subordinated to his big day.

Aunty Podes

8th February 2020 at 11:17 am

What a ghastly confusion all these trendy pseudo-intellectuals are causing in the minds of out children. Sadly the teaching pseudo-profession is riddled with them.

Aloysia Allheart

8th February 2020 at 8:48 am

The trans activists and their medical allies have gone full tilt at the kids. The affirmation model is of course massively flawed but is used as the go to approach because transing must start before the maturation of sex characteristics…Why? Because it is distressing to a person who has fully developed sexual characteristics to live with these when they want to be the opposite sex. So a whole raft of kids, teens are put on the trans train to avoid being a distressed adult. Well there’s a lot of things in life that are distressing. I imagine having Schizophrenia or cancer is distressing. Happen to change your mind? Don’t worry it’s all easy peasy, just get fake boobs. Sterile? Who cares? Osteoporosis? So what? And on the idiocy goes. And has anyone checked out the trans kids parent groups online? A decidedly disturbed, creepy lot.

Christine Dempsey

7th February 2020 at 9:46 pm

There are, no doubt, organisations that promote uncritical affirmation of gender identity from children, some might think, too young to understand the implications, and parents who find their children’s gender non-conforming behaviour distasteful. The thought police of the pro-woke left; councils & education, trans-activists & identity groups, also promote this affirmation. I believe more research needs to be conducted by clinicians, free from political lobbying by vested interests. Society is unlikely to build trust and respect with a minority group if said group or groups coerces them into denying science and safeguarding provisions. ‘We’ve’ certainly gone too far with self-identification. Having stated this, I believe the premise of this article, irrespective of the acknowledged references, comes from a bigoted & ill-informed view point. Unless Joanna Williams has first hand experience which she undoubtedly doesn’t, rather than her views & selective articles, I suggest that she research the subject to a greater depth. Just because the left are pro-woke does not mean that the right have to be purely anti-woke.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

8th February 2020 at 12:53 am

She probably just jumped on the journalistic/publicity-seeking bandwagon like James Kirkup in the Spectator. It’s the right’s latest thing to be outraged about.

Jim Lawrie

8th February 2020 at 10:48 pm

Well. Come on, Christine. Give us the benefit of your vast experience, knowledge and research.

Start with why girls are so much more diagnosed than boys.

I once pranked a teenage girl I knew with a set of symptoms and name for an imaginary disease that affected only teenage girls. Two days later she had it. When I told her I had made the whole thing up, she made an instantaneous recovery and tried to throttle me.

IfIEverLoseMyFaith CertifiedTantricSexGod

9th February 2020 at 8:06 am

Whether you think this article comes from a place of bigotry or not, there has to be an acceptance that the moment ‘Mermaids’ TRA’s and their proponents went down the ‘self-Id’ route and then after the kids and then same-sex spaces was the moment you effectively lost a lot of support, and quite rightly so, it will never be ok to try and convert kids, using them as a means to validate the lifestyles choices of what are effectively straight males who get off seeing themselves as women, AGP’s are the loudest craziest voices, and they are utterly repellent, and should nowhere near kids or women’s spaces.

Cedar Grove

9th February 2020 at 10:39 pm

Your comment would be useful and interesting if it explained on what points the writer is in error.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

7th February 2020 at 9:20 pm

Gore Vidal was once asked ‘Was the first person you slept with a man or a woman?’ Gore replied, ‘I was too polite to ask’.

john larkin

7th February 2020 at 9:54 pm

It was a South African called Trans-Vaal …

Brandy Cluster

7th February 2020 at 11:03 pm

Eeeeeeeew.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

7th February 2020 at 9:17 pm

I’m sorry but gender dysphoria (being confused about one’s gender) has been around for millennia e.g. eunuchs in ancient Persia, Elagabalus, Ovid’s metamorphoses, etc. The medical and surgical techniques we see are new, and the phenomenon of ‘trans children’ might also be very recent, but the fundamental phenomenon of gender dysphoria has been around for aeons.

Norman Baker

7th February 2020 at 10:37 pm

“gender dysphoria (being confused about one’s gender) has been around for millennia”

Indeed but the recent 200 fold increase in claimed cases hasn’t and that is because 99.5% of claimed transgenderitis is about victim status and trans privilege and that is down to the stupid who think someone who sticks on some lippy and calls themselves Maureen is deserving of such status, privileged, and special treatment.

juliusB

8th February 2020 at 8:42 am

Of course ZP won’t reply to any of these perfectly reasonable and truthful comments as she specialises in ad hoc one liners designed to show how clever she is.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

8th February 2020 at 10:00 pm

‘transgenderitis’ lol.

Cedar Grove

7th February 2020 at 11:13 pm

Eunuchs were not confused. They were normally- formed young men who were then sexually mutilated by their slave-owners.

Brandy Cluster

7th February 2020 at 11:31 pm

Or so that they could sing the castrati parts in Handelian opera!!

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

8th February 2020 at 12:47 am

BRANDY CLUSTER — Have you got something against Handel?

Ward Anthony

10th February 2020 at 3:40 am

Castration to produce eunuchs ended much the same time as slavery where it started. 160 years later it’s suddenly a good idea to chemically castrate preteens because we’re now slaves to ‘identity’.

juliusB

8th February 2020 at 8:35 am

Eunuchs, whether they were in Persia, castrati in Italy or currently Third Gender in Pakistan, are not a result of gender dysphora. They were and are created by others for a specific purpose, frequently against the wishes of the victims.

Brandy Cluster

7th February 2020 at 9:04 pm

It all sounds like the kind of medieval hokum which surrounded flat-earth theories. In reality, trans activism is yet another round of culture-defeating, child-enabling Marxism; having lost the economic ‘arguments’ years ago, cultural Marxists have to find another way to up-end the hourglass with themselves at the top as the newly-annointed experts. Trouble is, it’s dystopia they’re advocating.

Ugly beyond words.

IfIEverLoseMyFaith CertifiedTantricSexGod

7th February 2020 at 8:07 pm

There is no need for any child under 10 to be taught about gender or sexuality.
What body, or who monitors/oversees the practices of ‘Mermaids’, the charity that is financially invested in ‘creating’ trans kids.

Brandy Cluster

7th February 2020 at 9:07 pm

Too late. My 9 and 6 year old grandchildren already know and use sexualised language from their exposure to the internet, thanks largely to a mother with Borderline and Narcissistic traits. My son is rationed access to his children (for absolutely no reason other than money) and it is killing him knowing his children are being corrupted in this way. Thank you, Australian Family Court. Again.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

7th February 2020 at 9:19 pm

You are confusing sexuality and transsexuality. Sexuality is of course about who or what you are sexually attracted to. Transsexuality is about gender identity, not sexual orientation.

New Darkage

7th February 2020 at 8:02 pm

Those dreadful homophobes were completely wrong when they said that it would all lead to a degenerate society, weren’t they?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

7th February 2020 at 9:13 pm

You had a degenerate society long before gay emancipation — look at the extent of child abuse and child exploitation in Victorian England, or 1970s England for that matter.

Brandy Cluster

7th February 2020 at 11:58 pm

Do you not have anything better to do on a Friday night than fire off endless puerile comments on the internet? What about friends? Family?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

8th February 2020 at 12:45 am

BRANDY CLUSTER — No, and clearly neither do you!

Brandy Cluster

8th February 2020 at 11:23 am

Sad for you. I’m over 70 and my husband and I are long past socializing after work on a Friday night, but I’m a big reader; that’s why I can contribute so much. But your staggering number of posts suggests there is precious little in your life, which is such a shame.

Jerry Owen

8th February 2020 at 4:16 pm

Brandy
You are correct about ZP despite her wearisome posts about Brexit she refuses to answer any questions given to her about the EU.
I have repeatedly asked her what she thinks of the expansionist EU Empire as stated by Verhofstadt. being anti Empire she should be anti EU but she isn’t and cannot explain her contradictory political position.

Noggin The nog

8th February 2020 at 5:04 pm

Brandy. Could not agree more with you. It is a tad sad that ZP’s comments are constantly snide and sarcastic. I suspect that ZP is a lonely SJW Troll that is best avoided. However, this article by JW is excellent and a very serious cause for concern. But what to do..?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

8th February 2020 at 10:03 pm

BRANDY CLUSTER — I have *lots* in my life. I spend very little time on this forum. I would like to see more reasoned discussion in the Spiked comments. So far, I have seen a great deal of ad hominem invective and absurd generalising from mainly right-wing commentators who seem to be strangely obsessed with certain issues, and hell bent on limiting other people’s freedoms.

Cedar Grove

9th February 2020 at 10:43 pm

Is it not your society too, Zenobia? If not, what are you doing here?

Norman Baker

7th February 2020 at 8:00 pm

A transgender child is like a vegan cat.

Brandy Cluster

7th February 2020 at 9:08 pm

Actually, it’s FAR more serious than that. These will be legacy issues long after I’m dead and buried and my own children and their children will be dealing with it. The culture wars have proven very dangerous and alarmingly resilient.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

7th February 2020 at 9:20 pm

Crush the gayers!

Mark Houghton

7th February 2020 at 5:44 pm

I eagerly look forward to the day when any professional person who gave puberty blockers or allowed gender surgery on any person younger than 18 years of age is prosecuted for child abuse.

Brandy Cluster

8th February 2020 at 6:48 pm

My brother-in-law and his wife have a gay daughter – a medical specialist. The doctor has a female partner; they had 2 children via IVF – one each!! That’s ‘equality’ for you; two kids who could have been related but are not! Anyway, recently he told us the 5 year old is ‘transitioning’. Spouse and myself stopped dead and looked at it each, especially at the casual way this was announced – as though it was just another rite of passage. We said nothing.

Then I got to thinking about it; they are erstwhile hippies, complete with the bogus refulgences of “Desiderata” and believe in anything and everything. They understand that this confers ‘tolerance’ credentials, not in the least understanding that they brought their own children up so that anything goes. Well, now that it’s “gone”, they are facing the brave new world of grandparenthood, wondering from one day to the next what else is coming.

As for spouse and myself, we carved out a niche, put a line in the sand around it and expected our children to largely do what they were told. And succeed they did.

Hugh Oxford

1st March 2020 at 4:33 pm

Hell on earth.

Jimbob McGinty

7th February 2020 at 5:26 pm

I do feel that this whole gender fluid trans thing is just another symptom of the ‘me me me look at me oh lifes hard im such a victim’ times we live in. another identity bandwagon thars bubbled out of the victim industry’s swamp in the last decade. like the lottery, its a load of balls.

New Darkage

7th February 2020 at 8:04 pm

No it’s much worse. It actually criminalises those who criticise it.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

8th February 2020 at 12:49 am

Really? I don’t see evidence of people being prosecuted or jailed for speaking out against transgenderism.

juliusB

8th February 2020 at 9:10 am

Indeed, a woman found police at her door and she was arrested in front of her children. I believe she was also prosecuted. This for insisting that a man is not, and cannot be, a woman.

widetow widetow

7th February 2020 at 4:59 pm

Nice

Genghis Kant

7th February 2020 at 4:01 pm

After the satanic abuse and the recovered memory debacles, it is no surprise to find that this latest trans fad is yet another an invention of the ‘mental health’ industry.

And if the feminists dominating the education and media sectors telling young girls how horrible it is to be a woman, it is no wonder the girls don’t want to grow up to be one.

IfIEverLoseMyFaith CertifiedTantricSexGod

7th February 2020 at 8:01 pm

The Gender critical feminists are against this too, it is the white liberal feminists (also known as, not really feminists at all) that cheer this on, they remind me of women I knew in the ’90s who would hang out with predominately gay men, they used them as an extension to make up for their own lack of personality, it was weird to watch

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

7th February 2020 at 9:21 pm

‘Gender critical feminists’ — angry women who seek to deny others the freedoms they assert for themselves…

A Marshal

7th February 2020 at 3:51 pm

ROG(ered)D definitely the worst since Cambridge University Netball Team ( IKYN) !

Dominic Straiton

7th February 2020 at 2:46 pm

Expect a spike in female suicide in about five years along with mass lawsuits. This will be looked back on as primitive as bloodletting and as barbaric as Bedlam.

Geoff Cox

7th February 2020 at 1:44 pm

Being male or female is apparantly a social construct, but being trans isn’t. The normal double think at play.

Ven Oods

7th February 2020 at 1:52 pm

I’m going to have to think about that. Does that make me a transponder?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

7th February 2020 at 9:11 pm

LOL @ OODS

Cedar Grove

7th February 2020 at 11:16 pm

If gender is a social construct, then male and female roles are fluid.

That doesn’t mean their bodies are: sex is a biological reality.

I have no problem with male embroiderers or female construction managers. I do have one with people who irretrievably mutilate a young person’s genitals.

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