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The rate of gender dysphoria diagnoses among adolescent girls has skyrocketed over the last decade. Credit: Getty

August 29, 2023 - 10:00am

The recent Scientific American article “Evidence Undermines ‘Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria’ Claims” purports to be scientific journalism but is neither scientific nor journalism. It is yet another attempt to smother the fledgling but promising theory of rapid-onset gender dysphoria (ROGD) in the cradle.

There has been an immense rise in the rate of gender dysphoria diagnoses during the past decade, especially among adolescent girls. Many of these girls with longstanding emotional issues suddenly acquire the strong belief that they are transgender after seeing peers do the same thing. These observations are behind the theory that ROGD is a social contagion in which the false belief that one is transgender spreads.

The Scientific American article provides a brief synopsis of the recent retraction of my article with several quotes by “experts” denying any support for ROGD. These “experts” are notable primarily because they are committed to promoting gender transition for persons who claim to have gender dysphoria. None have conducted research relevant to ROGD, and no research was reviewed in the article.

But if the recency of the gender dysphoria epidemic among adolescent girls should discourage certainty about its nature, the “experts” are not deterred. As one writes: “this is just a fear-based concept that is not supported by studies,” while another claims: “to even say it’s a hypothesis at this point, based on the paucity of research on this, I think is a real stretch.” A third argues: “it is not rapid-onset gender dysphoria. It’s rapid-onset parental discovery.” Trust children, not parents.

Scientific American doesn’t provide any reason why anyone might believe ROGD, or for that matter disbelieve any transgender activist. Nor does the article mention problematic trends such as the huge increase in referral rates of children and adolescents to the Tavistock child gender identity clinic.

I was not surprised by the low quality of the Scientific American piece. That is because the publication has become a purveyor of progressive ideology under the thin guise of science. Indeed, over the last few years it has published pieces such as “Modern mathematics confronts its white patriarchal past”, “Denial of evolution is a form of white supremacy”, and “The idea of two sexes is overly simplistic”. Based on these pieces, how does it expect to be considered a serious magazine anymore?

After reading the resulting article, I’m glad I refused to give an interview to the lead reporter. Sadly, it is usually possible to know ahead of time what journalists will write about gender dysphoria topics. This is especially true of Scientific American.

Thankfully, the truth of scientific theories is not ultimately resolved by how positively media covers them — though it sometimes feels this way — but instead by good, solid data. In collaboration with Lisa Littman and Ken Zucker, I am on the verge of beginning a long-term follow up study of adolescents with gender dysphoria. I am confident that if ROGD theory is true, our study will provide evidence for it. And if ROGD is false, we will find evidence against it. That’s how science works.


J. Michael Bailey is a Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University

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Marcus Leach
Marcus Leach
10 months ago

At the first mention by some deranged trans ideologue that men can become women, and vice versa, it would be expected that every biologist would have joined together to deride the idea with a chorus of mockery. But they didn’t.
The vast majority of biologists have remained silent, (most likely through fear of repurcussions) and the general view of biologists has been left to be asserted by a loud and aggressive minority of careerist senior academics in influential positions. I doubt that there is anything more than a small minority of those senior academics who are true believers in the trans nonsense. But if they want to keep their positions, or to advance, they are obliged to go along with the DEI woke stupidity that is being imposed on all academic staff from the university management.
The reason that nonsense like trans ideology can now spread so quickly is that as a society, for decades, we have increasingly looked to academia as a objective, trustworthy source of data. When government decides policy, or people publicly debate various controversial issues such as immigration, crime or the validity of “gender identity”, they inevitably will use studies produced by academics as a basis to support or oppose a particular stance.
But now that it becomes more and more apparent everyday that the universities, professional associations and publications have been entirely captured by leftist ideologues (as the author’s experience evidences), to continue to have any trust whatsoever in any academic studies, data or conclusions, is absurd.
Ask why schools are allowed to teach this wretched trans nonsense to children, and a series of academic studies and guidance from professional bodies will be quoted supporting the idea that it is the best interests of children. For many people, and for government, the continued strength of the presumption that academics are unbiased truth seekers producing objective data, is enough to make them override their common sense.
We need an awakening among the public and government as to the extent of the capture of academia by “progressives”. It should be understood that any academic study, data and conclusions must be regarded with suspicion and automatically presumed to be contaminated by ideological bias. The moment some “progressive” starts to quote an academic study to support their position, tell them that given the abject corruption of academia by Leftists, it is of no evidential worth.

Last edited 10 months ago by Marcus Leach
Richard Craven
Richard Craven
10 months ago
Reply to  Marcus Leach

“I doubt that there is anything more than a small minority of those senior academics who are true believers in the trans nonsense.”
Not one single living individual on this planet with an IQ over about 90 sincerely believes in the trans nonsense.

Maurice Austin
Maurice Austin
10 months ago
Reply to  Richard Craven

Richard, sadly I am not sure you are completely right, for this reason: the vast majority of the true believers are victims of an *emotional*, not a *rational* impulse. They can have IQs above 150, but if they are determined to be thought virtuous, good people, or if they benefit either financially or socially (dinner parties become festivals of nodding at each other smugly), then they’ll jump on board so fast the boat nearly capsizes.
Being the one who sticks to principle or reason, when the currency of success or acceptance is agreeing with the cool kids, can be very very uncomfortable, as I learn regularly to my cost.

Tyler Durden
Tyler Durden
10 months ago
Reply to  Maurice Austin

Foucault and Butler both write that the sexed body is created and recreated by each episteme. This is taught as philosophical critique in universities entailing that our episteme is one where gender identity supercedes sexed or even sexual identity.

Tyler Durden
Tyler Durden
10 months ago
Reply to  Maurice Austin

Foucault and Butler both write that the sexed body is created and recreated by each episteme. This is taught as philosophical critique in universities entailing that our episteme is one where gender identity supercedes sexed or even sexual identity.

Catherine Conroy
Catherine Conroy
10 months ago
Reply to  Richard Craven

I’d love to hear from those trans nonsense sceptics

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
10 months ago
Reply to  Richard Craven

A hell of a lot of them lie about it then. Australia’s Julia Gillard being one and she (can i say that about her? – (ditto her)) is what I would define as a woman. Also PM in waiting Starmer, though he isn’t a woman no matter what he thinks.
PS Why do we never have headlines about ‘Trans Men’ making it into the National Team or breaking Men’s World records for anything physical? One might think Testosterone and puberty were important in determining something.

Jeff Dudgeon
Jeff Dudgeon
10 months ago
Reply to  Bill Bailey

Quinn, a trans man, made it into the Canadian national team.

Jeff Dudgeon
Jeff Dudgeon
10 months ago
Reply to  Bill Bailey

Quinn, a trans man, made it into the Canadian national team.

Maurice Austin
Maurice Austin
10 months ago
Reply to  Richard Craven

Richard, sadly I am not sure you are completely right, for this reason: the vast majority of the true believers are victims of an *emotional*, not a *rational* impulse. They can have IQs above 150, but if they are determined to be thought virtuous, good people, or if they benefit either financially or socially (dinner parties become festivals of nodding at each other smugly), then they’ll jump on board so fast the boat nearly capsizes.
Being the one who sticks to principle or reason, when the currency of success or acceptance is agreeing with the cool kids, can be very very uncomfortable, as I learn regularly to my cost.

Catherine Conroy
Catherine Conroy
10 months ago
Reply to  Richard Craven

I’d love to hear from those trans nonsense sceptics

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
10 months ago
Reply to  Richard Craven

A hell of a lot of them lie about it then. Australia’s Julia Gillard being one and she (can i say that about her? – (ditto her)) is what I would define as a woman. Also PM in waiting Starmer, though he isn’t a woman no matter what he thinks.
PS Why do we never have headlines about ‘Trans Men’ making it into the National Team or breaking Men’s World records for anything physical? One might think Testosterone and puberty were important in determining something.

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
10 months ago
Reply to  Marcus Leach

I blame Brexit, those damn Brexiteers started this idea when they said “Don’t trust the experts!” AND now who does? 😉
‘Caveat Emptor’ & ‘Follow the money.*’ Are probably the two most useful rules to hold in your head when reading anything.
Power = Money

Richard Craven
Richard Craven
10 months ago
Reply to  Marcus Leach

“I doubt that there is anything more than a small minority of those senior academics who are true believers in the trans nonsense.”
Not one single living individual on this planet with an IQ over about 90 sincerely believes in the trans nonsense.

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
10 months ago
Reply to  Marcus Leach

I blame Brexit, those damn Brexiteers started this idea when they said “Don’t trust the experts!” AND now who does? 😉
‘Caveat Emptor’ & ‘Follow the money.*’ Are probably the two most useful rules to hold in your head when reading anything.
Power = Money

Marcus Leach
Marcus Leach
10 months ago

At the first mention by some deranged trans ideologue that men can become women, and vice versa, it would be expected that every biologist would have joined together to deride the idea with a chorus of mockery. But they didn’t.
The vast majority of biologists have remained silent, (most likely through fear of repurcussions) and the general view of biologists has been left to be asserted by a loud and aggressive minority of careerist senior academics in influential positions. I doubt that there is anything more than a small minority of those senior academics who are true believers in the trans nonsense. But if they want to keep their positions, or to advance, they are obliged to go along with the DEI woke stupidity that is being imposed on all academic staff from the university management.
The reason that nonsense like trans ideology can now spread so quickly is that as a society, for decades, we have increasingly looked to academia as a objective, trustworthy source of data. When government decides policy, or people publicly debate various controversial issues such as immigration, crime or the validity of “gender identity”, they inevitably will use studies produced by academics as a basis to support or oppose a particular stance.
But now that it becomes more and more apparent everyday that the universities, professional associations and publications have been entirely captured by leftist ideologues (as the author’s experience evidences), to continue to have any trust whatsoever in any academic studies, data or conclusions, is absurd.
Ask why schools are allowed to teach this wretched trans nonsense to children, and a series of academic studies and guidance from professional bodies will be quoted supporting the idea that it is the best interests of children. For many people, and for government, the continued strength of the presumption that academics are unbiased truth seekers producing objective data, is enough to make them override their common sense.
We need an awakening among the public and government as to the extent of the capture of academia by “progressives”. It should be understood that any academic study, data and conclusions must be regarded with suspicion and automatically presumed to be contaminated by ideological bias. The moment some “progressive” starts to quote an academic study to support their position, tell them that given the abject corruption of academia by Leftists, it is of no evidential worth.

Last edited 10 months ago by Marcus Leach
Gordon Arta
Gordon Arta
10 months ago

Leftist ideologues are promoting feelings over facts because feelings and emotions can be manufactured, manipulated, directed, and controlled, whereas facts, evidence, and reason – based on the real world – are far more resilient. The result is a form of counter-Enlightenment; rather than evidence leading to hypotheses, theories, and eventually facts based on the strength and nature of that evidence, any facts which might go against the dominant ideological position must be suppressed. ‘Tolerant intolerance’ as the critical theorists declared.

Aphrodite Rises
Aphrodite Rises
10 months ago
Reply to  Gordon Arta

Indeed. Being a woman is not a feeling, it is a fact. Putting on a dress may make someone feel more feminine but it doesn’t make him/her a woman or more of a woman. A woman might develop cervical cancer (it is a possibility), a man never will regardless of how much make up he wears, how feminine his attire, how much surgery he has. Similarly, a woman will never develop prostrate cancer. Being a woman is a biological fact.

Last edited 10 months ago by Aphrodite Rises
Judy Johnson
Judy Johnson
10 months ago
Reply to  Gordon Arta

That view is not confined to the left.

Aphrodite Rises
Aphrodite Rises
10 months ago
Reply to  Gordon Arta

Indeed. Being a woman is not a feeling, it is a fact. Putting on a dress may make someone feel more feminine but it doesn’t make him/her a woman or more of a woman. A woman might develop cervical cancer (it is a possibility), a man never will regardless of how much make up he wears, how feminine his attire, how much surgery he has. Similarly, a woman will never develop prostrate cancer. Being a woman is a biological fact.

Last edited 10 months ago by Aphrodite Rises
Judy Johnson
Judy Johnson
10 months ago
Reply to  Gordon Arta

That view is not confined to the left.

Gordon Arta
Gordon Arta
10 months ago

Leftist ideologues are promoting feelings over facts because feelings and emotions can be manufactured, manipulated, directed, and controlled, whereas facts, evidence, and reason – based on the real world – are far more resilient. The result is a form of counter-Enlightenment; rather than evidence leading to hypotheses, theories, and eventually facts based on the strength and nature of that evidence, any facts which might go against the dominant ideological position must be suppressed. ‘Tolerant intolerance’ as the critical theorists declared.

jim peden
jim peden
10 months ago

I used to subscribe to Sciam. I cancelled my subscription several years ago when it started to break its links with enlightened thinking. I can only imagine its association with actual science has become even more tenuous in the intervening time.

jim peden
jim peden
10 months ago

I used to subscribe to Sciam. I cancelled my subscription several years ago when it started to break its links with enlightened thinking. I can only imagine its association with actual science has become even more tenuous in the intervening time.

Paul Canon
Paul Canon
10 months ago

As a parent, when my 12 year old daughter asks me if she can get a tattoo as soon as she turns 16 (she’s planning ahead) I tell her it’s my duty to protect the future her from the decisions of the childish her. Therefore I will refuse permission until she is an adult, as a tattoo is too permanent a decision. If she asked for a gender transition, with the associated hormone treatments, I would refuse for the same reasons. Unfortunately from what I understand she probably wouldn’t need my permission and my protection would be bypassed.

Paul Canon
Paul Canon
10 months ago

As a parent, when my 12 year old daughter asks me if she can get a tattoo as soon as she turns 16 (she’s planning ahead) I tell her it’s my duty to protect the future her from the decisions of the childish her. Therefore I will refuse permission until she is an adult, as a tattoo is too permanent a decision. If she asked for a gender transition, with the associated hormone treatments, I would refuse for the same reasons. Unfortunately from what I understand she probably wouldn’t need my permission and my protection would be bypassed.

Aphrodite Rises
Aphrodite Rises
10 months ago

Conversion therapy – indoctrination. How do they differ? It seems to me whilst busily indoctrinating society, trans activists are campaigning against conversion therapy. Surely the trans activists are working extremely hard on the indoctrination front to convert the youth of the country to their ideology.

b blimbax
b blimbax
10 months ago

Aren’t the opponents of what they call “conversion therapy” engaging in something very similar to what they claim to be the case with “conversion therapy”?

Glyn R
Glyn R
10 months ago

They are not doing it alone they are being funded and encouraged. The gender agenda is very much a part of the UN’s Agenda 2030.

b blimbax
b blimbax
10 months ago

Aren’t the opponents of what they call “conversion therapy” engaging in something very similar to what they claim to be the case with “conversion therapy”?

Glyn R
Glyn R
10 months ago

They are not doing it alone they are being funded and encouraged. The gender agenda is very much a part of the UN’s Agenda 2030.

Aphrodite Rises
Aphrodite Rises
10 months ago

Conversion therapy – indoctrination. How do they differ? It seems to me whilst busily indoctrinating society, trans activists are campaigning against conversion therapy. Surely the trans activists are working extremely hard on the indoctrination front to convert the youth of the country to their ideology.

Nigel Clarke
Nigel Clarke
10 months ago

There is an increasing and unsettling rise in the sexualisation of children mainly via LGBTQetc, the trans movement and various left wing media (the Guardian thinks the recent movie Sound if Freedom about child trafficking is extreme right wing propaganda and QAnon aligned).
In my view these people want to have sex with children, why else the sexualisation of children.
I’m afraid that if J Michael Bailey is not in to the idea that it’s ok to have sex with children any subsequent writings he submits for publishing is going to be either refused or vilified.

N Satori
N Satori
10 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Clarke

I suspect that a wide range of influential sexual deviants (for want of a better term) resent the general population’s resistance to their sexual deviations (sometimes tagged as “preferences”). They probably hope that exposing children to those deviations at a early age will destroy any natural aversion they might have and a whole generation will grow up completely uncritical of any sexual deviation however bizarre. A Queered utopia, I guess.
Why are key figures in our education authorities are allowing this to happen?

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
10 months ago
Reply to  N Satori

Because of their education experience?

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
10 months ago
Reply to  N Satori

Because of their education experience?

Champagne Socialist
Champagne Socialist
10 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Clarke

“(the Guardian thinks the recent movie Sound if Freedom about child trafficking is extreme right wing propaganda and QAnon aligned).”
Yes. It plainly is.

Nigel Clarke
Nigel Clarke
10 months ago

A sexual deviant writes…

Richard Craven
Richard Craven
10 months ago

..

Last edited 10 months ago by Richard Craven
Richard Craven
Richard Craven
10 months ago

Look. Shampoo Fashist. Some people think that you’re a satirist. If so, can you at least try to be amusing? This is just Nish Kumar-level inanity.

Hugh Bryant
Hugh Bryant
10 months ago

In what way? You don’t know, do you?

Sue Sims
Sue Sims
10 months ago
Reply to  Hugh Bryant

Don’t feed the trolls.

Sue Sims
Sue Sims
10 months ago
Reply to  Hugh Bryant

Don’t feed the trolls.

Julian Farrows
Julian Farrows
10 months ago

Wait, not wanting children to be sex-trafficked is ‘right-wing’?

Stephanie Surface
Stephanie Surface
10 months ago

Have you seen the movie or do you just read the reviews?

Nigel Clarke
Nigel Clarke
10 months ago

A sexual deviant writes…

Richard Craven
Richard Craven
10 months ago

..

Last edited 10 months ago by Richard Craven
Richard Craven
Richard Craven
10 months ago

Look. Shampoo Fashist. Some people think that you’re a satirist. If so, can you at least try to be amusing? This is just Nish Kumar-level inanity.

Hugh Bryant
Hugh Bryant
10 months ago

In what way? You don’t know, do you?

Julian Farrows
Julian Farrows
10 months ago

Wait, not wanting children to be sex-trafficked is ‘right-wing’?

Stephanie Surface
Stephanie Surface
10 months ago

Have you seen the movie or do you just read the reviews?

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
10 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Clarke
N Satori
N Satori
10 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Clarke

I suspect that a wide range of influential sexual deviants (for want of a better term) resent the general population’s resistance to their sexual deviations (sometimes tagged as “preferences”). They probably hope that exposing children to those deviations at a early age will destroy any natural aversion they might have and a whole generation will grow up completely uncritical of any sexual deviation however bizarre. A Queered utopia, I guess.
Why are key figures in our education authorities are allowing this to happen?

Champagne Socialist
Champagne Socialist
10 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Clarke

“(the Guardian thinks the recent movie Sound if Freedom about child trafficking is extreme right wing propaganda and QAnon aligned).”
Yes. It plainly is.

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
10 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Clarke
Nigel Clarke
Nigel Clarke
10 months ago

There is an increasing and unsettling rise in the sexualisation of children mainly via LGBTQetc, the trans movement and various left wing media (the Guardian thinks the recent movie Sound if Freedom about child trafficking is extreme right wing propaganda and QAnon aligned).
In my view these people want to have sex with children, why else the sexualisation of children.
I’m afraid that if J Michael Bailey is not in to the idea that it’s ok to have sex with children any subsequent writings he submits for publishing is going to be either refused or vilified.

N Satori
N Satori
10 months ago

Interesting to see that the three links in paragraph six all connect to articles by female journalists – and all doing their bit to subvert the patriarchy.
Sex Redefined: The Idea of 2 Sexes Is Overly Simplistic by Claire Ainsworth: science writer with a PhD in developmental biology
Modern Mathematics Confronts Its White, Patriarchal Past by Rachel Crowell: writer on science and mathematics
Denial of Evolution Is a Form of White Supremacy by Allison Hopper: filmmaker and designer
Another Scientific American piece ridiculed by Michael Shermer in the “progressive ideology” link bears the unwieldy title:

Why the Term ‘JEDI’ Is Problematic for Describing Programs That Promote Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Brief descriptions of the five authors (3 of whom are women) are included at the end of the lengthy opinion piece. All seem to be stronger on political activism than science.
Always good to know a bit about the actual people helping to make these institutions as woke as possible. After all, cancel culture warriors have no qualms about singling out those whose views they oppose.
As Alexander Adams revealed in his 2019 book Culture War the worlds of Art, Publishing and Mass Media are increasingly dominated by women – particularly at the level of administration (where the real power lies).

Last edited 10 months ago by N Satori
Chipoko
Chipoko
10 months ago
Reply to  N Satori

Everything in the western ‘democracies’ is increasingly feminised and racialised. The publications listed above reflect this.

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
10 months ago
Reply to  Chipoko

Could it be all that Oestrogen water pollution?
Maybe the rather scary suggestions we’ll end up being the undefinable sex is right?
Mind you I wait with interest the rash of Sex Abuse trials that are eventually going to arise out of the encouraged behaviours of these ideologues. Savile’s escapades will be as nothing once the current Elite’s monopoly on power is broken, and I suspect that might not be as far away as I feared.

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
10 months ago
Reply to  Chipoko

Could it be all that Oestrogen water pollution?
Maybe the rather scary suggestions we’ll end up being the undefinable sex is right?
Mind you I wait with interest the rash of Sex Abuse trials that are eventually going to arise out of the encouraged behaviours of these ideologues. Savile’s escapades will be as nothing once the current Elite’s monopoly on power is broken, and I suspect that might not be as far away as I feared.

Terry Raby
Terry Raby
10 months ago
Reply to  N Satori

fascinating observations – more evidence that trans is an intra-female issue and has very little to do with males

Samantha Stevens
Samantha Stevens
10 months ago
Reply to  Terry Raby

It is all about males! It’s driven by autogynephilic males and the children are simply the cover for them.

Nancy G
Nancy G
10 months ago

Trans is to a large extent a men’s rights movement. And very misogynistic.

McExpat M
McExpat M
10 months ago
Reply to  Nancy G

I think there is some merit to your comment but to be fair trans could have never gained traction without the feminist revolution claiming that men and women are equal. Encouraging women to compete in the sexual and career marketplace with men – like men – surely threw open the Overton window on sex differences and what they are and mean? Boys Scouts being forced to enlist girls was surely the gateway to this and the list goes on.

McExpat M
McExpat M
10 months ago
Reply to  Nancy G

I think there is some merit to your comment but to be fair trans could have never gained traction without the feminist revolution claiming that men and women are equal. Encouraging women to compete in the sexual and career marketplace with men – like men – surely threw open the Overton window on sex differences and what they are and mean? Boys Scouts being forced to enlist girls was surely the gateway to this and the list goes on.

Nancy G
Nancy G
10 months ago

Trans is to a large extent a men’s rights movement. And very misogynistic.

harry storm
harry storm
10 months ago
Reply to  Terry Raby

It has everything to do with males: pretend women (i.e. males) are driving transactivism into ever more delusionary territory.

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
10 months ago
Reply to  Terry Raby

The irony is ideologically left females seem to be great supporters of it, and abusive, possibly right wing, males, the greatest beneficiaries of it. Reminds me of this little and surprisingly still available piece from the BBC
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26352378

Samantha Stevens
Samantha Stevens
10 months ago
Reply to  Terry Raby

It is all about males! It’s driven by autogynephilic males and the children are simply the cover for them.

harry storm
harry storm
10 months ago
Reply to  Terry Raby

It has everything to do with males: pretend women (i.e. males) are driving transactivism into ever more delusionary territory.

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
10 months ago
Reply to  Terry Raby

The irony is ideologically left females seem to be great supporters of it, and abusive, possibly right wing, males, the greatest beneficiaries of it. Reminds me of this little and surprisingly still available piece from the BBC
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26352378

Hugh Bryant
Hugh Bryant
10 months ago
Reply to  N Satori

The over-production of academics is itself part of the problem because it becomes ever harder to attract attention and thereby get the funding needed to make a career. Reasonable propositions based on sound evidence just aren’t enough anymore.

Harry Child
Harry Child
10 months ago
Reply to  Hugh Bryant

Spot on. The publication of all these so called scientific studies seem to reflect the authors desperate need to write something, whether they believe it or not, to get recognised and quoted on their CV’s. Two books could be read by non scientists to start to see the major problems
‘Scientific feuds’ by Joel Levy and ‘ Science fictions’ by Stuart Richie.

Harry Child
Harry Child
10 months ago
Reply to  Hugh Bryant

Spot on. The publication of all these so called scientific studies seem to reflect the authors desperate need to write something, whether they believe it or not, to get recognised and quoted on their CV’s. Two books could be read by non scientists to start to see the major problems
‘Scientific feuds’ by Joel Levy and ‘ Science fictions’ by Stuart Richie.

Chipoko
Chipoko
10 months ago
Reply to  N Satori

Everything in the western ‘democracies’ is increasingly feminised and racialised. The publications listed above reflect this.

Terry Raby
Terry Raby
10 months ago
Reply to  N Satori

fascinating observations – more evidence that trans is an intra-female issue and has very little to do with males

Hugh Bryant
Hugh Bryant
10 months ago
Reply to  N Satori

The over-production of academics is itself part of the problem because it becomes ever harder to attract attention and thereby get the funding needed to make a career. Reasonable propositions based on sound evidence just aren’t enough anymore.

N Satori
N Satori
10 months ago

Interesting to see that the three links in paragraph six all connect to articles by female journalists – and all doing their bit to subvert the patriarchy.
Sex Redefined: The Idea of 2 Sexes Is Overly Simplistic by Claire Ainsworth: science writer with a PhD in developmental biology
Modern Mathematics Confronts Its White, Patriarchal Past by Rachel Crowell: writer on science and mathematics
Denial of Evolution Is a Form of White Supremacy by Allison Hopper: filmmaker and designer
Another Scientific American piece ridiculed by Michael Shermer in the “progressive ideology” link bears the unwieldy title:

Why the Term ‘JEDI’ Is Problematic for Describing Programs That Promote Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Brief descriptions of the five authors (3 of whom are women) are included at the end of the lengthy opinion piece. All seem to be stronger on political activism than science.
Always good to know a bit about the actual people helping to make these institutions as woke as possible. After all, cancel culture warriors have no qualms about singling out those whose views they oppose.
As Alexander Adams revealed in his 2019 book Culture War the worlds of Art, Publishing and Mass Media are increasingly dominated by women – particularly at the level of administration (where the real power lies).

Last edited 10 months ago by N Satori
David Pogge
David Pogge
10 months ago

In the more than 30 years during which I have worked as a mental health professional, teacher, and researcher dealing with adolescents I have seen one fad after another flourish and then disappear. We have gone through periods in which every unhappy adolescent was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, multiple personality disorder, eating disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, autism (“on the spectrum”), and so on. In each case, a trail of psychiatric casualties has been left in the wake of the fad du jour. However, this is the first such fad in which we have advocated calling a delusional belief ‘normal’ and then responding with poisoning, mutilation, and the disenfranchisement of parents. This fad will also pass, but it appears likely to leave a much larger list of casualties who are far more severely harmed than those who went through unnecessary and unproductive psychotherapy and exposure to unnecessary and often harmful psychotropic medications. We will one day look back on this phenomenon in shame, and the ‘activists’, ‘scholars’, and ‘gender affirming clinicians’ who benefitted from it will move on unscathed to join the next fad from which they can advance their careers, enrich themselves, and gratify their narcissism.

Laura Creighton
Laura Creighton
10 months ago

Sweden appears to have been ahead of the curve on this issue. We saw an exploding number of adolescent females reporting as trans. And we thought that the problem was that children were getting a false rosy picture of what it would be like to be trans, mostly out of social media. So they made a documentary in 3 parts called _The Trans Train_ and showed it on national television. You can watch it yourself on youtube (unless you are in Sweden in which case you need to get your copy from SVT).
There was an 65% decline in the number of referrals to gender clinics. Some of this may be due to other changes, but it was striking the number of children who weren’t aware, until the broadcast that most people who report gender dysphoria are homosexuals, not transsexuals, and that many people who undergo surgery have regrets. The notion that you can be gender non-conformant without being trans was another new piece of information for them.
see https://genderreport.ca/the-swedish-u-turn-on-gender-transitioning/ for a longer discussion in English and the youtube link.

Laura Creighton
Laura Creighton
10 months ago

Sweden appears to have been ahead of the curve on this issue. We saw an exploding number of adolescent females reporting as trans. And we thought that the problem was that children were getting a false rosy picture of what it would be like to be trans, mostly out of social media. So they made a documentary in 3 parts called _The Trans Train_ and showed it on national television. You can watch it yourself on youtube (unless you are in Sweden in which case you need to get your copy from SVT).
There was an 65% decline in the number of referrals to gender clinics. Some of this may be due to other changes, but it was striking the number of children who weren’t aware, until the broadcast that most people who report gender dysphoria are homosexuals, not transsexuals, and that many people who undergo surgery have regrets. The notion that you can be gender non-conformant without being trans was another new piece of information for them.
see https://genderreport.ca/the-swedish-u-turn-on-gender-transitioning/ for a longer discussion in English and the youtube link.

Paul T
Paul T
10 months ago

Bravo.

Paul T
Paul T
10 months ago

Bravo.

Hugh Bryant
Hugh Bryant
10 months ago

Perhaps it’s because so many of these people don’t have kids and therefore don’t understand how these things work.

Ten years ago it was tattoos, now it’s gender reassignment.

Hugh Bryant
Hugh Bryant
10 months ago

Perhaps it’s because so many of these people don’t have kids and therefore don’t understand how these things work.

Ten years ago it was tattoos, now it’s gender reassignment.

Rasmus Fogh
Rasmus Fogh
10 months ago

There was a heavily downvoted post from a pro-trans debater that sparked some interesting discussion. It has been removed. Could we please have it back?

Last edited 10 months ago by Rasmus Fogh
Tyler Durden
Tyler Durden
10 months ago

A very worthwhile piece with an evenmore enlightening ‘pocket intervention’ below by the ever-enlightened trans lobby. They alone seem capable of defeating the Demiurge and bringing the (cis-gendered) world out of spiritual Darkness and into a single Light.

Tyler Durden
Tyler Durden
10 months ago

A very worthwhile piece with an evenmore enlightening ‘pocket intervention’ below by the ever-enlightened trans lobby. They alone seem capable of defeating the Demiurge and bringing the (cis-gendered) world out of spiritual Darkness and into a single Light.

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
10 months ago

Interesting, I remember reading Chesterton in my youth, half a century ago, never did I expect him to be as prescient as he was regarding belief.

Talia Perkins
Talia Perkins
10 months ago

Because you are a fraud duplicating the fraud of Litman.

Marcus Leach
Marcus Leach
10 months ago
Reply to  Talia Perkins

The idea that children are not naïve, easily suggestible and can be made to believe complete nonsense, and that young people going through puberty are not heavily prone to confusion. peer pressure and fads, it a ridiculous denial of the reality that everyone of us has personal experience of.
Knowing what children and young people are like, and the enormous increase in the widespread distribution of indoctrinating trans ideology, the exponential rise in “trans identifying” children in exactly what we would expect to see.

Last edited 10 months ago by Marcus Leach
Rasmus Fogh
Rasmus Fogh
10 months ago
Reply to  Talia Perkins

Come now. Can you explain to us what the fraud is?

It seems that Michael Bailey has given an analysis of information from a large number of sceptical parents of transitioning children, and found some interesting conclusions. The interviewees are self-selected and quite likely biased, and there are no interviews with the children, but the article says so, explicitly, and discusses how this limits the conclusions one could draw. You may disagree with his hypothesis or his conclusions, but where is the fraud?

On the general situation, it seems to be established fact that the number of adolescents presenting themselves as trans has increased dramatically over the last decade, particularly for (natal) girls. Also that those who do so tend to have quite strong connections with people or internet sources that are pro-transition – which, in modern internet culture is not surprising. Well, duh! It seems highly unlikely that all of a sudden many more people are being ‘born in the wrong body’, so the increase in the number of transitioning children pretty much has to be caused by increased information, attention, and support for the phenomenon. That could mean either that the same number of children are inherently transgender and now find it more easy to express that. Or it could be that more children choose to identify as transgender as a social role that would improve their life situation, because this choice is now presented as more available and highly socially supported. Which explanation you prefer would depend on your a priori beliefs, there being no independent way of proving the real gender identity of anybody. More research on the circumstances might support one or the other theory (maybe you can link to some research that pushes in the other direction, so we can have a scientific look at this). Or you might choose to reject the search for evidence and decide based on prior beliefs, either that all these children really are transgender, or that many of them are likely not to be so. Whatever the underlying facts there could be social or political reasons for preferring one or the other approach.

But, again, where do you find the fraud in all this?

Last edited 10 months ago by Rasmus Fogh
Arkadian X
Arkadian X
10 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus Fogh

One small point, given my “a priori” beliefs, I say that the word “natal” is redundant, unless you are referring to South Africa.
I know you used brackets,.but still… 😉

On the possibility that trans people come forward more readily now, the question would be, where were they holed up until the other day? There is plenty of examples of gender not conforming people, but trans people? (And don’t get me started on the suicide thing…)

Rasmus Fogh
Rasmus Fogh
10 months ago
Reply to  Arkadian X

I agree on the ‘natal’, but I am writing to Talia Perkins, who is clearly on the trans side of this particular chemical bond 😉 . I do not want the discussion to go astray on the question of what I mean by ‘girls’.

Last edited 10 months ago by Rasmus Fogh
Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
10 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus Fogh

Yes, it’s important to be clear. The term “natal female” simply ensures that we are all on the same page. The modifiier “natal” should be unneeded, but that’s not the current situation.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
10 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus Fogh

Yes, it’s important to be clear. The term “natal female” simply ensures that we are all on the same page. The modifiier “natal” should be unneeded, but that’s not the current situation.

Rasmus Fogh
Rasmus Fogh
10 months ago
Reply to  Arkadian X

I agree on the ‘natal’, but I am writing to Talia Perkins, who is clearly on the trans side of this particular chemical bond 😉 . I do not want the discussion to go astray on the question of what I mean by ‘girls’.

Last edited 10 months ago by Rasmus Fogh
Arkadian X
Arkadian X
10 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus Fogh

One small point, given my “a priori” beliefs, I say that the word “natal” is redundant, unless you are referring to South Africa.
I know you used brackets,.but still… 😉

On the possibility that trans people come forward more readily now, the question would be, where were they holed up until the other day? There is plenty of examples of gender not conforming people, but trans people? (And don’t get me started on the suicide thing…)

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
10 months ago
Reply to  Talia Perkins

ROGD is a real phenomena. Trans is a delusion which is the hysteria of the time.

Those who promote this trans delusional psychosis are trying to groom more children to become deluded.

Marcus Leach
Marcus Leach
10 months ago
Reply to  Talia Perkins

The idea that children are not naïve, easily suggestible and can be made to believe complete nonsense, and that young people going through puberty are not heavily prone to confusion. peer pressure and fads, it a ridiculous denial of the reality that everyone of us has personal experience of.
Knowing what children and young people are like, and the enormous increase in the widespread distribution of indoctrinating trans ideology, the exponential rise in “trans identifying” children in exactly what we would expect to see.

Last edited 10 months ago by Marcus Leach
Rasmus Fogh
Rasmus Fogh
10 months ago
Reply to  Talia Perkins

Come now. Can you explain to us what the fraud is?

It seems that Michael Bailey has given an analysis of information from a large number of sceptical parents of transitioning children, and found some interesting conclusions. The interviewees are self-selected and quite likely biased, and there are no interviews with the children, but the article says so, explicitly, and discusses how this limits the conclusions one could draw. You may disagree with his hypothesis or his conclusions, but where is the fraud?

On the general situation, it seems to be established fact that the number of adolescents presenting themselves as trans has increased dramatically over the last decade, particularly for (natal) girls. Also that those who do so tend to have quite strong connections with people or internet sources that are pro-transition – which, in modern internet culture is not surprising. Well, duh! It seems highly unlikely that all of a sudden many more people are being ‘born in the wrong body’, so the increase in the number of transitioning children pretty much has to be caused by increased information, attention, and support for the phenomenon. That could mean either that the same number of children are inherently transgender and now find it more easy to express that. Or it could be that more children choose to identify as transgender as a social role that would improve their life situation, because this choice is now presented as more available and highly socially supported. Which explanation you prefer would depend on your a priori beliefs, there being no independent way of proving the real gender identity of anybody. More research on the circumstances might support one or the other theory (maybe you can link to some research that pushes in the other direction, so we can have a scientific look at this). Or you might choose to reject the search for evidence and decide based on prior beliefs, either that all these children really are transgender, or that many of them are likely not to be so. Whatever the underlying facts there could be social or political reasons for preferring one or the other approach.

But, again, where do you find the fraud in all this?

Last edited 10 months ago by Rasmus Fogh
Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
10 months ago
Reply to  Talia Perkins

ROGD is a real phenomena. Trans is a delusion which is the hysteria of the time.

Those who promote this trans delusional psychosis are trying to groom more children to become deluded.

Talia Perkins
Talia Perkins
10 months ago

Because you are a fraud duplicating the fraud of Litman.