A British couple living in London are looking to hire a nanny who will raise their children gender neutral, banning Barbie and action heroes, and allowing the children to choose which public bathrooms they want to enter. A U.K. government inquiry is underway to investigate why there’s an over 4,000% increase in children seeking to “transition” to the opposite sex. The available data says that young people referred for “gender treatment” has increased from 97 in 2010 to 2,510 in 2017, a 4,415% increase in less than a decade. Girls are more likely to seek to “transition” than boys.
Only 40 girls were referred for such treatment 9 years ago, but that figure is now 1,806, a 4,515% increase. The number of boys rose from 56 to 713 in that same time span. In 2017, 45 of those children referred were aged 6 or younger, with the youngest only 4. “Educationalists have warned that the promotion of transgender issues in schools has ‘sown confusion’ in children’s minds and that encouraging children to question gender has ‘become an industry’. “Dr. Joanna Williams, author of the book Women vs Feminism, has said that schools are ‘encouraging even the youngest children to question whether they are really a boy or a girl.’
Eight hundred children in England were injected with puberty blocking drugs last year. Many doctors are increasingly concerned about the long-term effects of these chemicals on young people. Lucy Griffin, a consultant psychiatrist at Bristol Royal Infirmary, admitted she was “extremely worried” and has warned that these treatments cause osteoporosis, sexual dysfunction, and can render bodies sterile. Other experts say the growth of minors seeking surgery is in part because of a social contagion known as rapid onset gender dysphoria. This phenomenon is exacerbated by internet websites where other young trans-identified people celebrate being transgender.
Young people struggling psychologically with their bodies often find validation online and then self-diagnose as transgender and begin demanding to transition. In the USA, girls as young as 13 are undergoing mastectomies for gender dysphoria and tax dollars are being used to fuel skewed research on the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones in children. Dr. Johanna Olson of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles dismisses the possibility that gender dysphoria might stem from psychological disturbance, insisting that the only “mental health issue” is how “the outside world responds” to the confused youth.
These and related issues are arguably the most bitterly contested matters in contemporary politics in both the U.K. and U.S. Opposition to these medical practices spans the political spectrum. Meanwhile, academic research counter to the transgender narrative is subjected to intense pushback. Brown University in Rhode Island scrubbed an article from its website following protests from trans activists. The article was about the research of Lisa Littman, a faculty member who published a peer-reviewed study on rapid onset gender dysphoria in a scientific journal.
Littman’s research explored whether peer pressure contributed to some teens and young adults assuming that they are transgender, and as a result undergo permanent surgical procedures they may regret. Her study also notes the role of the internet in furthering gender confusion among teenagers, citing parents of dysphoric children describing “clusters of gender dysphoria outbreaks occurring in groups of friends with multiple members of a group becoming gender dysphoric in a pattern that is statistically unlikely.” The parents reported that social media use and “binge-watching” YouTube videos about transitioning were often the precursor to these outbreaks.
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