Children Can Become Transgender Because of Social Pressure

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.

James’ mother, Anne Georgulas (on Facebook, on Twitter), has “socially transitioned” him. All of his authority figures – teachers, school police officers, school librarian – say he is in fact a girl.

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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Social Transition Grooms Children for Psychological Abuse

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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