Gender Dysphoria is distressing enough without it being turned into a political football to divide people against each other. It is probably one of the most weaponized topics of our time.
According to a peer-reviewed report, “Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria in Adolescents and Young Adults: A Study of Parental Reports” by Lisa Littman, an Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University, 87% of young people reported by their parents to have “come out” as trans did so after binge-watching social media, such as “transition” videos, a massive genre on YouTube and after “cluster outbreaks” of gender dysphoria among their groups of friends.
Young women at onset of puberty with no previous complaints of gender dysphoria seem to be more vulnerable to peer pressure or online influences than young men. In addition, of these young adults who “came out”, 49.4% subsequently tried to isolate themselves from their families; 46.6% only trusted information about gender dysphoria from transgender sources; 25.0% stopped spending time with non-transgender friends; 22.7% expressed distrust of non-transgender people.
Brown’s LGBTQ Center released a statement saying news of the study “has emboldened bigoted and discriminatory attitudes that have real-life consequences for members of our community especially trans youth. This has been harmful and dehumanizing to our students as well as staff and faculty.”
Under such fierce pressure, Bess Marcus, dean of Brown’s School of Public Health, had the article removed from the university’s website, saying the study could be used to “invalidate the perspectives of the … transgender community.”
There are, of course people with starkly different views on the recent explosion in young adults coming out as trans, an increase of over 50% since 2009, in Littman’s study.
Jon Rappoport recently wrote that, “Technocracy is shaping a new world based on twisting morality into pseudoscientific ‘facts’ that demand compliance. It’s a hoax on a grand scale…The op goes this way: Shift a decision about morality into a decision about the right to obtain medical treatment. For example, claim there is a disorder called Gender Dysphoria. Claim many children suffer from it. State that gender reassignment is the treatment that cures the disorder. State that every child has the ‘right’ to choose the treatment—AND parents who oppose it are illegally restricting their children.”
Indeed, parents have lost custody of their children for opposing their wishes for transgender medical treatments.
This video is a medical animation of male-to-female sexual reassignment surgery. It would certainly require an enormous amount of conviction and commitment to undergo this procedure. I first read about how it was done when I was a teenager and to finally see it is fascinating (and terrifying) and much more complicated than I’d imagined.