Sunday, April 16, 2017

Transgender Is the New Black

Once it became trendy to become transgender more and more children wanted to try it out. We should have seen it coming. Being transgender is a belief so why would it not be possible to inculcate the belief in vulnerable children. Call it indoctrination; call it brainwashing. To solve the problem with medical treatment is an abomination.

Take a confused young person and offer him or her attention and recognition, even hero status in the struggle against bigotry, and he or she might decide to be transgender.  

Currently, the culture is caught up in the mania about the transgendered. Studies about how children are manipulated into accepting this belief are slim. We know that there is no biological basis for this belief, but we do not know about brain functioning. We have only recently discovered that people suffering from bodily dysmorphia— a man who is convinced that his left leg is longer than his right leg and who demands that it be amputated—do have a brain condition.

The evidence for psychological manipulation has not been established. Yet, one recalls, for the record, Ethan Watters’ book, Crazy Like Us. Watters does not address transgenderism, but he reports a number of mental health epidemics that have been produced by media attention. One day there was no anorexia in Hong Kong. The next day there was an epidemic. What changed? The media decided to raise awareness of the problem… and ended up producing more of it.

One suspects that something similar is happening with transgenderism. The Heat St. blog (via Maggie’s Farm) reports on the work of an Australian psychiatrist:

One of Australia’s top experts on gender has raised concerns that children and teens are overdiagnosed as transgender.

Adolescents are “trying out being transgender” to stand out or gain attention from their peers, psychiatrist Stephen Stathis told the Courier Mail last week. “One said to me, ‘Dr. Steve … I want to be transgender, it’s the new black,” he recalled.

Overdiagnosis is not the issue here. The issue is children who decide they want to be transgender because they gain certain sociocultural benefits. But the issue ought also to be children who decide or are brainwashed into thinking that they are really the opposite sex… because they are confused or traumatized or are suffering from an underlying psychological condition. Science has demonstrated that there is no biological basis for the belief that he is really she or she is really he. Why then are we offering “treatment” to these children?

The Heat St. blog continues:

In an interview last month, Stathis said that up to three-fourths of young patients who “present with gender variant interests and behaviors, or are gender diverse” will outgrow the feelings and don’t need treatment.

“You might get a six- or seven-year-old girl wanting to dress as a boy,” he said. “She may even say she wants to be a boy. When she hits puberty, she says, ‘No, I’m just a girl who likes to do boy things.”

Previous research has shown that upwards of 75% of children who declare themselves to be transgender change their minds. A large number of those who undergo treatment—if you want to call it that—for the condition end up regretting it.

In an article in the Brisbane Courier Mail Stathis explains the psychological underpinnings of some cases:

Psychiatrist Dr Stephen Stathis, who runs a gender clinic, said he had seen girls who had been sexually abused and wanted to identify as transgender.

The girls say, ‘If only I had been a male I wouldn’t have been abused’,’’ Dr Stathis said.

Become a male and you will never again be abused. Surely, there are other psychological formulas that produce this condition. It is good that Stathis offers us one.

Ought we not to be skeptical when children are convinced that they really belong to the opposite sex. When children or adults insist that they know for a fact that something is real when we know it is not, we consider them to be suffering from a psychiatric problem.

What about those children who fulfill the criteria for the diagnosis. Now they are subjected to irreversible hormone treatment and to surgical intervention. In other so-called civilized countries this has become standard and acceptable treatment for this psychiatric condition. 

Does anyone know the long term effects of these treatments, of deranging the body’s hormones and mutilating someone’s body?

Why are we afraid to call this child abuse?


7 comments:

trigger warning said...

In my opinion, some cases of childhood "transgenderism" clearly are child abuse. In particular, when two lesbians are awarded a boy child by the State, and that boy child "wants" to be a girl, it's a recapitulation of a popular femdom fantasy, sissification. It's quite common in the femdom fantasy porn literature.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminization_(activity)

It's astonishing that the State is willing to provide femdom couples with adoptive children to toy with.

But transgender isn't the new black. As far as i can tell, the identity group hierarchy - I'll invent a word and call it the "identiarchy" to parallel the "patriarchy" - is still topped by blacks and Muslims. Remember that Muslims can toss transgenders off buildings without sanction, and black churches have license to freely indulge in "hate speech" about homosexuality and transgenderism.

James said...

There is going to be a helluva price to pay for all of this.

Stuart Schneiderman said...

Amen...

Katielee4211 said...

Indeed, there will be.
As for the hormonal mess... I work in the medical field, albeit more administrative, specifically Pharmacy. There was a time your daughter hit puberty, started her periods, and she was put on birth control...to regulate her cycles. Maybe they still are.
I received a call from a 30 something woman one day on another matter, and as we talked the conversation wandered. She mentioned she had been on contraceptives since she was 14, and had recently stopped taking them. The ride since had been a bit crazy (acne, emotions etc) she said, but it was delayed 20 years, she had to go through puberty sometime.
That's just from contraceptives, just think of reversing hormone treatment for transgendering? Not to mention if they had surgical treatment?

Ares Olympus said...

Transgender certainly is most problematic of the rainbow acronyms, being irreversible. The only basis I might not rationalize it away is to see the lengths that heterosexual men and women go to change their bodies to be some perfect image of the masculine or feminine.

--> Psychiatrist Dr Stephen Stathis, who runs a gender clinic, said he had seen girls who had been sexually abused and wanted to identify as transgender.

I've seen this more in regard to homosexuality I think, or I don't know how much abuse existed, knowing at least two women who were married, and divorced after a couple years, and after therapy concluded they were lesbians. But at least they can change their mind again after a few years with no harm except to their ego or reputation. There's no cutting or hormone therapy.

Transgender does seem only exist because modern scientific advances in surgeries make it possible. And plastic surgery has the exact same motivation, a confused self-image and a belief that changing exteriors will change how other see you, which will change how you see yourself. A desperate bet it seems.

But we might imagine if a person would prefer to be dead than not transgender, you have to give them credit for conviction. And we know many of those with sexual dysphoria do kill themselves. I suppose if they accepted 90% of the population is going to consider them freaks but they can move to a big city, one large enough to support a mutual freak subcommunity, maybe that's better than suicide. I don't know.

Really "death as the alternative" is the standard we might use to judge. Death is much more irreversible than transgender.

And humans are almost indescribably crazy. Another way to change hormones is castration, but without transgendering. And perhaps that would be a good way to keep catholic priests from being naughty, or maybe not. I've not researched any evidence either way. But keeping your hormones with a vow of celibacy seems cruel.

Perhaps we really do have 24 shades of sexuality and gender? I'm not going to say we don't. Humans are more potentiality than actuality in almost every aspect. If sexuality and gender was just about child-rearing, it would be a whole lot easier to say we know what we're talking about.

Ares Olympus said...

Trigger warning said... It's astonishing that the State is willing to provide femdom couples with adoptive children to toy with.

I agree with this, although not clearly any worse than single parent adoptee. I'm concerned all around. I also note that two of 3 lesbian couples I know well have children, one couple through artificial insemination, and one through natural insemination of a volunteer. So no laws against this approach, yet?

But adoption does seem different. OTOH, if we ban same-sex couples from adopting, we might also use homosexuality as an excuse to take away child custody from a biological parent. Judging is hard.

Overall, I'd give more hope for a same-sex couple parents than a single parent. It seems unimaginably desperate that anyone would try to be a parent alone, yet many do.

Anonymous said...

Ares Olympus writes a lot about a lot of things.