“Doctors currently have no way of predicting which gender dysphoric children will persist in their gender dysphoria, and yet they are pushing the minimum age for irreversible hormone therapy and surgery as low as possible.
According to the wisdom of the day, kids experiencing gender dysphoria need to be treated affirmingly as early—and as radically—as possible. For the time being, surgery and hormone therapy have to wait until age sixteen. But before that, adolescents can be prescribed puberty blockers, and even younger children are encouraged to transition “socially,” by adopting the name, dress, and mannerisms of their preferred gender.
All of this is in spite of the fact that gender dysphoria in children sees very low rates of persistence—ranging from 2.2% to 30% in males and from 12% to 50% in females, according to the DSM-5.”
Standards Are Getting Looser, Not More Stringent
In fact, a team of international doctors affiliated with The Endocrine Society, the Pediatric Endocrine Society, and the World Professional Association of Transgender Health—all of which are held in esteem in this field of medicine—is rewriting treatment guidelines so that a medically induced gender change may be recommended for children even younger than sixteen.
Social Transition Is Not Harmless Either
As Eric Vilain, a geneticist and leader of the Center for Genetic Medicine Research at Children’s National Health System, points out, social transitioning is liable to influence children’s thinking. “If the children are pushed in this belief it will be much harder for them to get out of this belief because everyone will have agreed on it very, very early on,” Dr. Vilain says. It’s one thing to grow up confused about one’s gender; it’s another thing to grow up being told that one belongs to a special group of “trans kids.”Walt Heyer – Public Discourse
A study by Lisa Littman, Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown’s School of Public Health, finds that transgenderism can be caused by peer pressure.
Rapid-onset gender dysphoria describes a phenomenon where the development of gender dysphoria is observed to begin suddenly during or after puberty in an adolescent or young adult who would not have met criteria for gender dysphoria in childhood.
[…] peer group and online influences may contribute to its development. It is unknown whether the gender dysphoria of rapid-onset gender dysphoria is temporary or likely to be long-term. The elevated number of friends per friendship group who became transgender-identified, the pattern of cluster outbreaks of transgender-identification in these friendship groups, the substantial percentage of friendship groups where the majority of the members became transgender-identified, and the peer group dynamics observed all serve to support the plausibility of social and peer contagion for ROGD.
Peer-pressure among adolescents and young adults can induce the “contagion for Rapid-onset Gender Dysphoria.”
Imagine how much influence James’ mother has over him. Her influence over this six-year-old boy is much greater than any peer group.
This powerful, authoritative socialization forces James to accept the delusion that he is a girl. If it can happen to young adults, how much more vulnerable are young boys and girls to social influence?
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James’ mother socially transitioned him – began cross-dressing him and presenting him as a girl – when he was four. She made his fifth birthday party his “coming out” party.
In a comprehensive article discussing gender dysphoria persistence rates, Jesse Singal discusses one of the only studies to track down persistence rates in transgender kids (Factors Associated With Desistence and Persistence of Childhood Gender Dysphoria: A Quantitative Follow-Up Study, Steensma, et al.):
- About 70% of gender dysphoric children will stop being trans and instead identify with their biological sex by age 21.
- Childhood social transition of boys causes them to persist in their gender dysphoria rather than curing it.
The 70% rate of desistence has been established in many studies. Most of the children who present gender dysphoria are actually not transgender. Singal writes:
Again: Every study that has been conducted on this has found the same thing. At the moment there is strong evidence that even many children with rather severe gender dysphoria will, in the long run, shed it and come to feel comfortable with the bodies they were born with. The critiques of the desistance literature presented by Tannehill, Serano, Olson and Durwood, and others don’t come close to debunking what is a small but rather solid, strikingly consistent body of research.
The Steensma study cited above found:
Childhood social transitions were important predictors of persistence, especially among natal boys. Social transitions were associated with more intense GD in childhood, but have never been independently studied regarding the possible impact of the social transition itself on cognitive representation of gender identity or persistence. As we previously indicated, the percentage of transitioned children is increasing and seems to exceed the percentages known from prior literature for the persistence of GD, which could result in a larger proportion of children who have to change back to their original gender role, because of desisting GD, accompanied with a possible struggle or it may, with the hypothesized link between social transitioning and the cognitive representation of the self, influence the future rates of persistence.
I think we must use common sense. Cross-dressing a young boy and telling him he really is a girl is a lot like telling him that Santa Claus exists. For a time, he will believe the delusion, but eventually the truth comes out.
Social transition psychologically conditions a boy to maintain his delusions and discomfort with his biological sex.
Do you think James’ mother abused James by socially transitioning him at such a young age? Did she predispose James to serious psychological problems in the future?
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