How Trans Radicalism hurts everyone: Part Two

Gender symbols of men, women, transgender

Helen Joyce on Quillette?has written a very interesting but very long piece on how Trans Radicalisation hurts not only the people it claims to be protecting (Trans people) but also women and children. As the original article is very long this is part two of my attempt to reduce it down to a summary of the key points.

You can read part one here.

1.Trans activism has been incredibly effective.

  • Access to designated single-sex facilities is now governed by self-ID in many American states.
  • New Zealand is changing the law to allow self-ID on birth certificates
  • Some Australian states are considering removing sex from birth certificates altogether.
  • In Britain, all the main political parties support gender self-ID.
  • [Canada has granted gender identity the same status as sex, race, religion and other protected classes in federal human-rights laws.
  • As a consequence of these changes in many countries, and situations, it is now illegal to make any distinction between people who declare themselves members of a sex, and those born into it.

2. The number of girls seen by Britain?s national gender-ID service for children has risen from 40 in 2009-10 to 1,806 in 2017-18.

3. There are various reasons why a child might wish to change sex.

  • autistic-spectrum disorder
  • Mental-health problems such as anxiety or depression.

4. British clinics may prescribe drugs to delay puberty from around age 12, in order to give children time to reconsider without puberty changing their bodies irreversibly. It will not prescribe cross-sex hormones until age 16, or offer surgery until age 18.

5. In America an increasing number of clinics take a ?gender-affirmative? approach, quickly acquiescing to a child?s professed cross-sex identity. […] for children as young as three. Johanna Olson-Kennedy […] has advocated mastectomies on trans boys (natal girls) as young as 13.

6. Some worry about this rush to treatment. Lisa Littman of Brown University […] concluded that some female teenagers transitioning to male identities may be affected by a type of social contagion.

7. Even when clinicians try to go slowly, it makes little difference. Most patients will already have learned the innate gender-ID narrative, and see no need for caution. Some parents press for faster treatment, saying they would ?rather have a live daughter than a dead son.? (Advocacy groups commonly say that children unsupported to transition are very likely to kill themselves. The data do not support this claim […]

8. […] though puberty blockers are supposed to buy time, in fact, they start a child down a path to irreversible changes. Emerging data suggests that they start a cascade of intervention, with almost every child given them proceeding to cross-sex hormones.

9. Privately, some experienced clinicians admit they are worried […] the wave of transitioning teenagers may be followed in a decade or two by another of ?de-transitioners? reverting to their natal sex. Their bodies will have been irreversibly marked by cross-sex hormones and perhaps surgery. Some may sue, arguing that the adults around them should have known they could not fully comprehend what they were consenting to.

10. Those who missed puberty in their own sex will probably be sterile?indeed, sexually functionless. Jazz Jennings went on puberty blockers at age 11, and started cross-sex hormones at age 12. A particularly upsetting recent episode of the TV show?I am Jazz?shows a consultation with a surgeon who specializes in gender reassignment. ?I haven?t experienced any sexual sensation,? says Jazz. […]

11. Less extreme, but more pervasive, is the impact of the new gender-identity theory on what children learn. […] in many countries, guides and materials intended for schoolchildren and teachers resort to stereotypes.

12. […] The stereotyping has even made it as far as materials intended for adults. The British Association for Counselling Practitioners, which licenses marriage counsellors and so on, recently produced a?guide?to ?Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity? for its members. It defines a woman thus: ?It is important not to assume?that being a woman necessarily involves being able to bear children, or having XX sex chromosomes, or breasts. Being a woman in a British cultural context often means adhering to social norms of femininity, such as being nurturing, caring, social, emotional, vulnerable, and concerned with appearance.? For men, the list of attributes runs: ?being competitive, ambitious, independent, rational, tough, sexual, confident, dominant, taking risks, and caring about their work.?

13. This sort of thing is sometimes followed by some garbled science, perhaps in the hope of making it look less flaky by comparison. The BACP claims that ?the sex of a baby is medically assigned on the basis of the length of the clitoris/penis.? Bish claims that ?genitals are on a spectrum in terms of: how much erectile tissue sticks out (clitorises and dicks and in between); where the prostate is; where the wee hole is; whether the gonads are inside or outside; vagina size.? (None of this is remotely true. A girl with an intersex condition may have an unusually large clitoris, for example?but it is not a penis. She does not urinate or ejaculate sperm out of it. And so on, through other intersex conditions.)

14. Rules about single-sex spaces and activities for children are also being rewritten. Schools in some areas of Britain use a?Trans Inclusion Toolkit?written by Allsorts, a trans lobby group. It says that admission to toilets, changing rooms, sports teams and dormitories on school trips should ?in all cases? be according to gender self-ID. If parents complain that their daughters are disadvantaged by the inclusion of a trans girl (natal boy) in girls? sporting competitions, they are simply to be told that ?trans girls are girls.? Girlguiding in many countries now admits children born male provided they identify as girls, and accepts male leaders who identify as women. Leaders are told there is no reason to inform other children or their parents if male people will be sharing their accommodation on overnight trips.

15. Anyone expressing concerns is given short shrift.?Helen Watts, a Rainbow leader in west London, was expelled from Girlguiding in September for raising hers. She wonders whether the organization has considered the implications for its insurance policy, and?since trans girls are physiologically male?who will accept responsibility if a girl is sexually assaulted or becomes pregnant on an overnight trip. She marvels at how the safeguarding procedures put in place after child-abuse scandals in boarding schools, the Catholic church and elsewhere are being ignored.[…]

16. Some hear ominous echoes of another time when well-meaning adults in thrall to an ideology put children in harm?s way. The post-1968 sexual-liberation movement on continental Europe sought to overturn sexual taboos, and some thought that meant starting young. In German kindergartens run along radical-left lines, teachers?encouraged?children to fondle them, look at pornography and simulate intercourse. Contemporaneous accounts show how parents repressed their moral qualms by focusing on their beliefs about how an unrepressed child should behave.

Such child-abuse was motivated by political conviction, not sexual desire. But it did not take long for pedophiles to spy an opportunity. The radical left was led by men focused on legalizing homosexuality and smashing the nuclear family. Though they did not intend to endanger children, they gave them little thought. Many leftwing groupings tolerated organizations such as Britain?s?Paedophile Information Exchange?not least because they had the same sworn enemies: traditionalist Catholics and evangelicals; hardline conservatives and fascists. The paedophiles made most headway in Germany?s Green Party, which for several years operated as their de facto parliamentary front. end quote.

To be continued.