The Science and Ideology Behind Gender-Transitioning in Children

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In this installment from my ‘Ask Me Anything’ series, which you can find on my social media channels, I delve into the topic of gender transitioning in children.

“Is there any evidence for gender-transitioning in children? I’m frankly not convinced… it just looks like mostly ideologically driven nonsense.”

I have my own personal views on this topic, but from a scientific perspective, the recent Cass systematic review is the best thing you can read on. Here’s the link.

This review was commissioned by NHS England to make recommendations for children and young people who are questioning their gender identity. It looked at hundreds of papers on everything you could think was relevant to the question of children transition, including puberty blockers, exogenous hormones, psychosocial support, impact of social transition, and the way services are rendered.

The biggest and most important take-away from this report is that the data we currently have available is woefully inadequate and low-quality, especially as it relates to puberty blockers and exogenous hormone use.

If you are going to medically interfere with healthy biological processes in an irreversible way, you’d want there to be a clear evidence-based inclination that such a thing was beneficial. That’s simply not the case when it comes to transitioning children or adolescents.

The second most important take-away is that children and adolescents who question their gender identity tend to have a number of coexisting mental health disturbances (autism, depression, anxiety, etc.) and are often dealing with life challenges and upheavals. These things aren’t always present, but there’s a theme of thinking that transitioning will solve their existing problems.

The third most important take-away is that the identity of children and adolescents is not fixed due to the rapid development of their brains and the continual gathering of experience as they try to make sense of their lives. Many young people feel an urgency to transition, and this mindset is what many detransitioners say got them into trouble. Transitioning doesn’t magically make your very real life problems go away.

Now, clearly these types of conclusions infuriated the gender activists. How dare someone conduct a thorough investigation of the scientific literature and conclude that current evidence is inadequate, full of knowledge gaps, and unsupportive of medically transitioning children and adolescence.

My personal opinion? Medical transition is child abuse. The worst type, too, because the damage is irreversible. These children have an underdeveloped brain and are unable to be rational enough to make this type of life altering decision. This is why minors don’t have the same privileges as adults.

Now, if you are an adult who wants to do this, then by all means go for it. I’d hope it would be a lengthy and well thought out decision following at least a year of psychotherapy to address any underlying mental health problems, but if not, that’s your choice.

Just like I wouldn’t let my child choose whether or not to go to school, start drinking and smoking, or rob a store, I wouldn’t let them prevent their normal biological development or cut off healthy body parts.

Here’s a good book on the topic too, for anyone interested in reading more, called Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, by Abigail Shrier.

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