A roundup of news and interviews from around the interwebs.
Most of you will have probably seen this, but Abigail Shrier’s stellar work on the transgender issue is ongoing over at Bari Weiss’s Substack. For example:
On Monday, I published probably the most important piece of my career thus far: an interview I did with two top gender medical providers – vaginoplasty expert and gender surgeon Dr. Marci Bowers and child psychologist at the UCSF gender clinic, Dr. Erica Anderson, who spoke candidly about risks of current treatment protocols guiding transgender medicine.
For the first time in the U.S., top gender medical providers collectively acknowledged four facts: early puberty blockade can lead to significant surgical complication and also permanent sexual dysfunction; peer and social media influence do seem to play a role in encouraging the current, unprecedented spike in transgender identification by teen girls; and the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) – of which both Bowers and Anderson are board members – has been excluding doctors who question current medical protocols to its detriment.
But the bombshell – the point made to me in interviews with so many endocrinologists, but never by any providers of transgender medicine – was that “orgasmic naïveté” is real and it’s a problem.
In Bowers’ words:
When you block puberty, the problem is that a lot of the kids are orgasmically naive. So in other words, if you’ve never had an orgasm pre-surgery and then your puberty’s blocked, it’s very difficult to achieve that afterwards. And I think that I consider that a big problem, actually. It’s kind of an overlooked problem that in our informed consent of children undergoing puberty blockers, we’ve in some respects overlooked that a little bit.
Read the whole thing. Shrier is doing more than any one journalist to expose the horrific child abuse going on in the name of the LGBT cause.
The West African nation of Benin has just legalized abortion. Prior to a parliamentary vote on October 20, abortion was only permitted in the cases of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother. Under the new legislation, women will be allowed to procure abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy if it is “going to cause a material situation, moral distress, affect their education or professional lives.” In other words, Benin has brought in abortion on demand.
Quebec’s assisted suicide deaths have risen again, this time by 37%, accounting for 3.3% of all deaths in the province. This number is expected to rise as palliative care remains difficult to access while eligibility for government-facilitated suicide rises.
Carl Trueman has a critique of “elite evangelicals” over at First Things; David French has something of a response over at The Dispatch. I’m thinking through this subject and plan to write on it later this year.