A 2018 study carried out by Lisa Littman, a physician and professor of behavioral science at Brown University, found that the vast majority of the youth in her sample who identified as trans all had one thing in common: They had been directly exposed to one or more peers who had recently “come out” as trans. Furthermore, these children, according to their parents, had exhibited a noticeable increase in internet and social media consumption. Transgenderism, it appears, was trending.
Recent studies suggest media coverage of transgenderism play a role in what is called the “media contagion effect.” The glorification and normalization of the increase in transgender activity by the media has clearly influenced the malleable masses.
In social psychology, behavioral “contagion” refers the tendency for certain behaviors demonstrated by one person to be imitated by observers. Exposure doesn’t have to happen in person — it can happen through a television, computer, or on the big screen.
Interestingly, 2018 saw a record growth in trans roles on television.
And if you think that’s a coincidence, you’re nothing but a damned fool. This next part seems self-evident, so obvious it’s almost embarrassing to bring it up at all. And yet.
The prefrontal cortex is especially susceptible to being shaped by life’s experiences in adolescence, such as stress and peer pressure. The “rational part” of an individual’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until around the age of 25. This is something that needs to be emphasized. A 12-year-old child should not be allowed to undergo treatment like gender re-assignment, and any parent that helps facilitate such drastic surgery should be questioned by relevant authorities.
Even the notion of “reassignment” is a misnomer. Anyone with a basic understanding of the human anatomy knows that it’s impossible to physically “reassign” someone’s sex physically, and attempting to do so doesn’t produce good outcomes psychosocially. The idea that a transgender man becomes a woman, or that a transgender woman becomes a man is as foolish as it is pernicious. Only the most naïve would look at someone like Bruce Jenner and assume that she is a natural, biological woman. At best, transgender men become feminized men and transgender women become masculinized women. This may sound harsh, even crude, but in the eyes of broader society, many transgender individuals are considered impressionists, merely mimicking the sex with which they identify. This is problematic on many levels.
According to Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, gender reassignment surgery simply doesn’t work. In an article for the Heritage Foundation, Anderson notes: “The most thorough follow-up of sex-reassigned people — extending over 30 years and conducted in Sweden, where the culture is strongly supportive of the transgendered — documents their lifelong mental unrest. Ten to 15 years after surgical reassignment, the suicide rate of those who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery rose to 20 times that of comparable peers.”
Every decision has a consequence. And the decision to transition at an early age can have dire consequences.
Ladies and germs, the winner of this year’s coveted No DUH! award. In sum:
For the vast majority of us, our sense of being male or female aligns with what’s listed on our birth certificates. Nevertheless, a smaller proportion of the population identifies as transgender, which includes people whose internal sense of gender identity is not consistent with their gender at birth. In turn, some look to surgery for answers. But surgery and cross-sex hormones can’t magically change us into the opposite sex. Aesthetically, perhaps. Surgery can, of course, alter appearance. But surgery can’t magically or biologically transform us into something we are not.
Though you may find the following words harsh, they need to be said — scientifically speaking, transgender men are not biological men and transgender women are not biological women. Any claims to the contrary are ignorant of scientific evidence. As Princeton philosopher Robert P. George once put it, “Changing sexes is a metaphysical impossibility because it is a biological impossibility.”
Like Germaine Greer, Linda Bellos, Sheila Jeffreys, and Camille Paglia, I am critical of trans ideology. I take issue with the fact that so many people have been swept up in this transgender wave. The dangers of trying to treat mental ill-health by transitioning from one sex to another cannot be overstated. When every ounce of unhappiness is consolidated into the gender issue, society enters dangerous territory. These are not the words of a bigot or a transphobe. These are the words of someone critically questioning a particularly nefarious cultural trend.
Nefarious it is. Not because the handful of pitiable individuals who actually do suffer from the affliction of gender dysphoria have nefarious intentions, but because they (and others) are being used as political whips in the hands of the degenerate Left, to herd Heritage Americans right over the cliff like so many head of lowing cattle.