By Jonathon Van Maren
The transgender movement’s colonization of childhood is one of the single most depressing aspects of our current cultural collapse. The organization 4th Wave Now, which has been working diligently to expose transgender ideology, recently posted a string of screenshots from a Facebook group for the parents of trans kids. The posts there almost defy belief: There are comments on fake penises for “trans” preschoolers, so-called “tucking underwear” for a four-year-old boy to hide his genitalia because he now thinks he is a girl, and even visits to the emergency room due to binding (a “binder” is worn by a girl who wishes to identify as male to flatten her breasts and appear more male). And on and on it goes. The culture has gone mad, and now stories about girls swiping their dad’s credit card to buy a second fake penis are becoming normal.
Each time I write on this subject, the trans-friendly Twitter trolls enjoy coming over to my page to shout for a bit on how there is no evidence that doing this to kids is harmful. (Keep in mind that things are happening now that they would have rejected with great gusto a few years ago—like little kids hiding their genitals to identify as the opposite sex, for example.) When the evidence is presented, they move on to insisting that this evidence is invalid, because it does not support their ideological worldview. One rather amusing blogger has taken to writing a post about me every couple of weeks accusing me of attempting to defend each and every dogma of the Catholic Church due to my deep-seated Catholicism. The fact that I am not Catholic, apparently, does not slow this keyboard warrior down a bit.
And now we have another study indicating the “devastating effects of puberty blockers”—although you likely didn’t hear about it in the media. From the UK’s Christian Institute:
The NHS’s only specialised gender clinic for children has been accused of hiding bad results about its use of experimental puberty blockers on teenagers. The Tavistock clinic claimed the effects of the drugs are “reversible” and that the results “have been positive”.
Yet the clinic’s own unpublished study revealed that the treatment actually could have devastating outcomes. In 2010, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) launched its trial of puberty blockers for young teenagers with gender dysphoria.
Dr Polly Carmichael, Director of GIDS, claimed in 2014: “Now we’ve done the study and the results thus far have been positive”. Subsequently the Trust doled out puberty blockers to over a thousand teens – including hundreds under the age of 14 – on the basis of the study.
Dr Michael Biggs, an associate professor at Oxford University’s Department of Sociology, said the clinic had failed to open the results of the study to scientists, and that the drugs have not been certified as safe or effective by the manufacturers or by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
The study actually showed that after a year of using the drugs there was “a significant increase” in the number of adolescents who said they “deliberately try to hurt or kill themselves”.
Parents also reported “a significant increase in behavioural and emotional problems” and “a significant decrease in physical wellbeing” in girls. There was no positive impact on “the experience of gender dysphoria”.
Dr Biggs said: “Puberty blockers exacerbated gender dysphoria. Yet the study has been used to justify rolling out this drug regime to several hundred children aged under 16.”
The NHS Health Research Authority revealed that the study itself concluded: “It is not clear what the long-term effects of early suppression may be on bone development, height, sex organ development and body shape and their reversibility if treatment is stopped during pubertal development.”
Dr Carmichael has since admitted: “Nothing is completely reversible.” It was also revealed that the Tavistock clinic came under great pressure from trans activist groups such as Mermaids, who had opposed the clinic’s initial caution.
“Nothing is completely reversible.” And they’re putting children on these drugs. This is why you have mothers writing unimaginable statements such as, “My once-beautiful daughter is now bearded, homeless, and sterilized.” In the name of diversity and tolerance, transgender activists are experimenting on and destroying children.
For anyone interested, my book on The Culture War, which analyzes the journey our culture has taken from the way it was to the way it is and examines the Sexual Revolution, hook-up culture, the rise of the porn plague, abortion, commodity culture, euthanasia, and the gay rights movement, is available for sale here.