By Jonathon Van Maren
If you want evidence that the introduction of transgenderism into our universities, public schools, and national conversations has resulted in what was once an extremely niche phenomenon exploding into a trend, look no further than a recent study from the University of Minnesota. As reported by CNN:
More teenagers are identifying themselves with nontraditional gender labels such as transgender or gender-fluid, according to a new study.
The research, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, found that almost 3% of Minnesota teens did not identify with traditional gender labels such as “boy” or “girl.” That number is higher than researchers expected. A UCLA study from a year ago estimated that 0.7% of teens identified as transgender.
Lead researcher Nic Rider of the University of Minnesota said the main purpose of the new study was to examine health differences between gender-nonconforming teens and teens who are cisgender, a person whose gender identity aligns with the sex assigned to them at birth.
Two things to note here: First, “gender-fluid” is now a designation obviously accepted by mainstream media outlets as a valid form of identification, despite that fact that it is nonsense (at least, from a scientific perspective.) CNN is also using the language of trans activists by replacing “biological sex” with “sex assigned to them at birth,” as if the attending physicians just took a shot in the dark and randomly picked a gender, as opposed to identifying the genitalia of the child in question. Second, a jump from 0.7% to 3% in a single year is astronomical. More from CNN:
The study found that transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) youth reported “reported significantly poorer health” — including mental health — than cisgender teenagers. TGNC teens also were less likely to get preventive health checkups and more likely to visit their school nurse, the study found.
But more surprising may have been the rising percentage of teens who say they don’t fit traditional gender norms.
The study supports prior research suggesting “that previous estimates of the size of the TGNC population have been underestimated by orders of magnitude,” wrote Daniel Shumer, a specialist in transgender medicine at the University of Michigan, in an accompanying opinion article.
Or, in a far more likely scenario, the relentless promotion of “gender-fluidity” and “non-binary identification” and transgenderism is having an impact with confused teenagers and those who wish to join the identity politics racket. Or as one researcher put it, perhaps these identifications were due to a “growing awareness,” which I suppose is one way to put it.
With growing numbers of young men and women attempting to “de-transition,” this social experiment is going to end very, very badly for those who have been swept up in the transgender craze. By that time, of course, the LGBTQetc movement will have probably moved on to the next thing.
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