She was told medical intervention would help relieve her 14-year-old’s psychological distress. That’s not what happened.
I’m Gen Z (23 years old). This social contagion has spread everywhere, and I feel like I’m one of the few people my generation speaking out against it and writing about it.
Transgender identity seems to especially be affecting autistic kids: the rate of autism within trans-identifying people is 7-8 times the usual rate. For a lot of kids who feel weird or left out, they think transitioning will solve their problems and give them a community that affirms them. 20 years ago they’d just be punk or emo.
I'd honestly like to see if you cut kids off social media and say took them out of their artificial environments and helped them reconnect with nature, if they'd continue to have dysphoria. I now know four kids - one had radical surgery, three are medicalized - here are the circumstances. A) all of their families are "progressive". B) two of the children previously thought they were gay C) the family of one child is generally histrionic and prone to attention seeking. D) another child has a father who transitioned and is now female, something that deeply negatively affected their family when he now she was about 10. E) the parent of another child seems to see this as something that is cool and exciting. F) three of them grew up in highly liberal cities, so there is a social support for these decisions that may or may not be healthy. I just cannot believe that social environment and the internet aren't at play here... if you enabled kids to just find their own way without external influence would they make the same choices.
This must be one of the most gut wrenching articles I have read in a long time.
One of my big fears is, that in 10 year or so, we will have a generation of young adults that will be rendered infertile with serious health issues and myriad of mental heal issues.
We are allowing children in puberty to make decisions that will have life long impacts, at same time parents are forced approve everything with out any objections, or risk having their lives destroyed.
And what fascinates me the most, this entire topic with gender, seems only to affecting USA, even liberal Europe is mostly spared from this (for lack of better word) insanity. Rest of the world entire discussion is unknown, and there no 'outburst" of 100s of different gender identities, neo-pronouns and similar topcs.
I am planning to have kids in next 2-3 years, I honestly hope that things will return to normal.
Very weird and VERY creepy. I DO feel for Caroline, although I also agree with Bash that she ought to have stayed the course and maintained her initial objections to the puberty blockers. Good parenting involves staying the course on _tough_ decisions.
There is apparently a trend, by the way, in the use of puberty blockers for _permanent_ secondary sexual characteristic suppression in young people who want to remain absolutely sexless:
The world really is turning into a creepy science fiction novel.
I want to recommend Jordan Peterson's interview with de-transitioner, Chloe Cole. It's a lengthy but very revealing exposition of her experience and Peterson gives tremendous insight as to how children and their parents are lured into this maze of insanity.
The Free Press is pissing off all the right people it seems!
A debate about medical interventions is currently going on in my state legislature. The hearing on the bill was truly heartbreaking. Your heart goes out to the families, many of whom are confused and upset--there expectations have been turned upside down. I must say, though, that the advocates do themselves no favors, and their supporters on the committee resorted to personal attacks against one witness who calmly and cogently dismantled the popular notions about suicide rates, etc., with, uh, facts. But, such attacks are all they have, perhaps because deep down they know they could be wrong about all of this. Thanks--keep up with this reporting.
It’s hard to say who is most at fault for this young man’s medical experimentation, but what kind of father would willingly neuter his own son?
It’s trendy to condemn our ancestors as racist, but what’s makes you so sure that our progeny won’t call us, “butchers”?
We have a medical establishment that presides over a population that is obese, laden with disease, suffers massive rates of depression, and can't run a mile, less a few hundred feet. In other words, fit only for Soylent Green.
Are they proud of this litany of catalogued failure? Why should we listen to a word these educated cretins say? And now we have the twin depravities of their Covid-19 disastrous responses and their Joseph Mengele transgender experiments? These people are lunatics who should be locked up and allowed nowhere near a patient. Hippocrates my ass
The changes that occur with puberty are terrifying for many people. Where are the adults/counselors that are reassuring these teens that it’s ok and natural. Why is Casey so terrified of becoming (physically) a man?
When did we start believing that the feelings of adolescents are reality?!? Young people embody emotional confusion and lack wisdom. Our job as adults is to be sympathetic and guide them through the most confusing growth of their life, not stop it. How do medical professionals not see that?
When I was in Kindergarten at The Dalton School (a private school in NYC) in the 90s, I was sent to therapy for gender confusion - I was a boy who drew myself (because this is how I saw myself) in a dress, obsessed with Disney princesses, etc. I ended up growing up to be gay. Andrew Sullivan made a great comment I think it was on Bill Maher, that as a young gay boy, it would have been extremely hurtful if an adult turned to him and said when he was doing these things (playing in mother’s clothes, things a lot of young gay boys do, etc) “well, what if you ARE actually a girl?” I don’t remember exactly how my therapy went, but I grew out of it, and actually don’t have any recollection of going to therapy for this in the first place (it was my teacher who had recommended it, and my parents told me later on that this had happened). I have many Trans adult friends who are out and proud but I wonder what would have happened if I was in Kindergarten today. Genuinely asking because I’m not sure how adult therapists dealing with these issues genuinely determine who to start on the process of transition vs weeding out those, who like me, end up growing out of it
I very much hope that the mother pursues any available legal/licensure actions against the psychologist who told her - in the presence of her child - that not undertaking a medical intervention would increase the risk of suicide. That's a hard sell technique that also qualifies as pure evil.
Great piece, and very thought provoking!! Corporate media would never touch this story; Vive la Liberte’
If you can't recognize when you are harming patients AND you double down on the harm AND you bully the patient's support system, you aren't practicing medicine. You are practicing ideology within the tradition of eugenics to eliminate the "feeble-minded", Nazi medicine experimenting on and killing disabled people first then Jews, Tuskegee experiments, forced estrogen treatments to "cure" gay men of homosexuality like Alan Turing, ovary removal in late 1800s to cure female "hysteria", ice pick lobotomies to cure mental illness, and John Money's experiments that lead to suicide in his patients, boys pumped full of amphetamines because they won't sit still in the gynecocracy of public schools... Welcome to that legacy, corporate gender "medicine".
There is a special place in Hell reserved for the legion of so-called medical professionals, psychologists and “science” hucksters who are focusing their own twisted ideologies on a vulnerable population of innocent children. If any of these people had actual ethics, they would be looking honestly at the environmental, chemical, social and family construct forces that may be causal factors in the wave of gender dysphoria occurring in adolescents. But it is a travesty to enable, promote, bully, and otherwise superimpose radical body transformations through pharmacology and surgery on children who can’t even choose whether to have pink or green hair from one day to the next. And just like the many fictions surrounding COVID, it is heinous to insist it’s a binary choice between suicide or dramatic body mutilation. Shame, shame on the profit-oriented medical establishments pushing this unholy ideology.