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Friday, January 18, 2019

Links - 18th January 2019 (Trans Mania)

Child starts gender transition before first day of kindergarten - "A four-year-old child who identifies as transgender has begun to transition before their first day of kindergarten.The child, who is unidentified for privacy purposes, is part of the Safe Schools program and hopes to complete the gender transition by next year.But psychologists have questioned whether the preschooler is too young as gender transition among young children skyrockets"

Boys can have periods too, children to be taught in latest victory for transgender campaigners - "The advice to teachers was approved by Brighton & Hove City Council as they try to tackle stigma around menstruation.The new advice follows a council report which said: "Trans boys and men and non-binary people may have periods", adding that "menstruation must be inclusive of all genders".Bins used for menstruation products will be provided in all toilets for children, according to the report. It also calls for transgender students and pupils to be provided with additional support from a school nurse if needed. The report recommends that "language and learning about periods is inclusive of all genders, cultures, faiths and sexual orientations. For example; ‘girls and women and others who have periods'"."
Since not all girls and women are cis isn't it transphobic to say women have periods?

Some trans activists want to call women "bleeders" to be inclusive of "trans men" - "Now, I wonder why women would get offended by being referred to as “bleeders”?"

Aristophanes’ Orphans: A Disabled Trans Woman Surveys the Grey Zone Between Love and Fetish - "however many distinctions I can draw between my “girl cock” and a “boy cock,” that doesn’t change the fact that it is a penis and not a vagina. And for those of us lucky enough to have “the snip,” I’m happy you have taken steps to create a replica that makes you feel better about yourself and address your dysphoria, but it still isn’t the real thing. So when a person is attracted to me, I do believe they are attracted to a body that is conceptually distinct from a male body, and from a female body. Which is to say: I am, at the very least, open to the possibility of an emergent sexual orientation that allows the attraction I receive as a trans woman to be conceptualized outside of paraphilia."

Mount Holyoke, a Women’s College, Can’t Find a Logo Gender Neutral Enough to Please Its Trans Students - "Trans activist students and their allies are fighting a proposed new logo for the school, which resembles the symbol for Venus when turned on its side.Vice President Charles Greene apologized recently for proposing a logo that "represents the erasure of others," and announced that administrators were going back to the drawing board"

Young mother barred from pub for wearing a T-shirt saying 'Woman: human female' - "You might have thought it was the most innocuous item someone could wear: a simple black T-shirt bearing the dictionary definition of woman as ‘human female’.But a young mother has been barred from her local pub after a complaint that the words discriminated against transgender people.The unlikely new front line of the ongoing war between feminists and transgender campaigners is the snug Five Clouds Tap and Bottle in the historic market town of Macclesfield.Rebekah Wershbale said she was ‘stunned’ when a barwoman at the pub informed her she was banned because of the definition... ‘I sat down next to him and asked him how he was,’ Ms Wershbale said. ‘He said, “I don’t want to talk to you to be honest – please leave me alone.” ‘So I said OK and left it.’Thirty minutes later a member of the bar staff named Heather came to Ms Wershbale’s table to tell her she was no longer welcome at the pub. ‘Heather said I’d been upsetting people and Mika was crying,’ Ms Wershbale said. ‘She told me that the way I talk about radical feminism was a problem and said: “The T-shirt you’re wearing is upsetting and not inclusive.” I replied that it simply said the dictionary definition of being a woman – how can it be offensive?"
If a T-shirt can make you cry and be upset...

Man Who Posed as Doctor to Sexually Assault Women Says He’s Trans, Wants Transfer to Women’s Prison: Patrick “Tara” Pearsall - " Patrick Pearsall is a 53-year-old serial sex offender who identifies as transgender and now calls himself Tara, which is the name of his ex-wife. The convict is demanding to be incarcerated with female inmates."

Britain’s first transgender family reveals son, 5, is also transitioning - "Britain's first two-generational transgender family have revealed how they have been 'shunned' since they revealed their five-year-old son is transitioning."
What are the odds?

Evangelicals sue for right to deny shelter to homeless transgender people - "Alliance Defending Freedom, the far-right evangelical legal group that defended the “right” of a baker to deny service to gay couples before the Supreme Court, has a new target.This time they’re suing to give a homeless shelter in Anchorage, Alaska, the “right” to deny help to transgender people... Hope Center, a Christian nonprofit that operates the shelter for homeless women, turned away a transgender woman twice in January... an attorney for the shelter told a local newspaper that they would never admit a “biological male” into the facility despite how the vote turned out."
This is a great move. Since no one cares about discrimination against cis men, framing it as a transgender issue can expose anti-male sexism (though the most likely copout is to allow self-identified women in - but then the workaround will be very easy - just ask cis men to identify as trans women)

I'm trans, but it doesn't mean I was born in the wrong body - "Born in the wrong body isn’t the narrative of all trans people.Some people feel this way, many, many do not.What was wrong for me was people labelling me a boy and treating me a certain way based on that... My body wasn’t what was wrong, but the expectations of the world around me were.The expectation was that I wouldn’t grow up to look this way, to act this way, because when I was born I was labelled a “boy”.And the hard part wasn’t that I was trans in and of itself, but that being trans meant I had to live in defiance of those expectations."
Presumably being trans just means you defy gender norms - so this 'trans' person has more in common with 'TERFs' than it might think
Maybe this person is just transtrender

'Womxn' row as companies worry the word 'women' excludes transgender people - "Companies have come under fire for using the word “womxn” instead of “woman,” after worrying the latter word excludes transgender people. Feminists have argued that it is biological women who are being excluded by the newly popular word, and that no one calls men “mxn.” The Wellcome Collection apologised on Wednesday after being criticised for using the word to describe women and non-gender-conforming people in promotional material for its new exhibition “daylighting”, a piece of artwork that “explores the presence of womxn through their art, thinking and speculations”. Jess Phillips, the MP for Birmingham Yardley said in response: “I've never met a trans woman who was offended by the word woman being used, so I'm not sure why this keeps happening. As if internet dissent now replaces public policy. I get what they are trying to do but why is it only women not men where this applies." Feminist campaigner Carolie Criado Perez agreed, adding: “What the hell? You can’t just make up words
When you need to virtue signal and you cater to the lowest common denominator, it's no surprise this keeps happening

THE WOKENING: Twitter permanently bans trans woman for misgendering HERSELF [screenshots]

There is no such thing as a ‘trans kid’ - "Last night Channel 4 aired Trans Kids: It’s Time to Talk. It was a compassionate but critical documentary in which serious questions were raised about the rush to diagnose kids as trans and even to treat them – with puberty-blocking drugs, hormone interventions, and so on (surgery is illegal until adulthood).It was presented by psychotherapist and author Stella O’Malley. She made the point that when she was young, she was convinced she was a boy. Now, however, she is married – to a man – and has kids. She wondered what might have happened to her if she had been a boy-identifying girl today rather than in the 1980s. Camille Paglia has made a similar point about her tomboyish childhood – would I be diagnosed as gender dysphoric today and be packed off for treatment, she asks? There’s a chance she would be. It depends in large part on the parents, of course, and whether they are PC and child-centric or more firm and traditional: the former might buy into the trans eccentricity while the latter are less likely to. But it’s an inescapable fact that gender-confused young people are today being shoved towards diagnosis and treatment... The problem here is not some all-powerful trans lobby – it’s the unwillingness of institutions to withstand the transgender worldview. Schools are embracing the new religion of gender-neutrality and are encouraging their charges not to prejudge people’s gender and to believe that sex at birth is irrelevant in comparison with what you feel. The binary that has traditionally allowed children to negotiate an otherwise confusing world – between female and male, mother and father, girl and boy – is being erased, leaving kids socially bereft, uncertain, and re-engineered to think in the way the new elite thinks they should. It feels like children are being experimented on. Both morally and physically. Morally in the sense that they are having every traditional‍, anchoring view of sex erased from their minds, and physically via drugs and hormone interventions. In order to give more weight to their own preferred lifestyles, some trans activists seem determined to hold up confused children as ‘trans kids’, and, by extension, as proof that transgenderism is perfectly normal and can manifest in early years. They seem to view the disorientation of children as a price worth paying to add the legitimacy of nature to their way of life. Future generations will surely wonder why we behaved like this with children"

Children who believe they are transgender 'could have autism', says controversial expert - "Latest figures show that the number of children under 10 in Britain being referred to the NHS over transgender feelings has quadrupled in five years.One psychologist says these youngsters are seven times more likely to be on the autistic spectrum.Dr Kenneth Zucker believes autistic traits of "fixating" on issues could convince children they are the wrong sex... The film presents evidence that most children with gender dysphoria eventually overcome the feelings without transitioning and questions the science behind the idea that a boy could be born with a "female brain" or vice versa... "It is possible that kids who have a tendency to get obsessed or fixated on something may latch on to gender. Just because kids are saying something doesn't necessarily mean you accept it, or that it's true, or that it could be in the best interests of the child."He later adds: “A four-year-old might say that he’s a dog – do you go out and buy dog food?”"

Whistleblower teacher makes shocking claim that 'most are autistic' - "An astonishing 17 pupils at a single British school are in the process of changing gender... Most of the youngsters undergoing the transformation are autistic, according to a teacher there, who said vulnerable children with mental health problems were being ‘tricked’ into believing they are the wrong sex.The whistleblower says few of the transgender children are suffering from gender dysphoria – the medical term for someone who feels they were born in the wrong body – but are just easily influenced, latching on to the mistaken belief they are the wrong sex as a way of coping with the problems caused by autism.Earlier this year, The Mail on Sunday revealed that a third of youngsters referred to the NHS’s only gender identity clinic for children showed ‘moderate to severe autistic traits’. It means that 150 autistic teenagers were given puberty blocker drugs which stop the body maturing. The teacher says she felt compelled to speak out to protect pupils, many of whom she believes could already be taking the powerful drugs and may go on to have life-changing surgery... She was advised to keep parents and other teachers in the dark if a pupil claimed to be transgender;... Pupils who say they were born the wrong sex mimic transgender YouTube stars Carol believes are partly to blame for convincing vulnerable children they have gender dysphoria... The teacher, who has her own child, also believes many of those who say they are the wrong sex are simply gay but would face bullying if they were to ‘come out’. By contrast, she says, transgender children at the school are idolised by other pupils.She has also raised concerns that many teachers are now too scared to challenge students’ claims they are transgender because they fear being sacked or sued for being transphobic. The 17 pupils now identifying as transgender are following in the footsteps of a teenager who has now left the school and is planning a double mastectomy.That student, who was born female, told Carol she wanted to identify as non-binary-a person – with no specific gender – in January 2014, at the age of 16 and two years after being diagnosed as autistic... the 17 pupils who have ‘come out’ as transgender have become powerful within the school, Carol says.They wear identical clothing and hairstyles and often adopt the names of transgender YouTube stars... ‘They are just young people with mental health problems who have found an identity and want to be part of a group of like-minded people’"

I’ve seen girls who’ve changed gender groom younger ones to do the same - "After consulting with the child’s parents, it agreed to change the student’s name on the register to one that was gender neutral.Teachers also started to refer to them using both male and female pronouns depending what gender the student identified as on any given day. ‘The pronouns could change from hour to hour depending how the student was feeling,’ Carol said. The teen asked if she could hold an assembly to tell other pupils at the school about being transgender, but Carol blocked this. Now she understands the pupil informally ‘educated’ fellow students, which Carol suspects could have been the catalyst for a wave of ‘copycat’ cases among autistic pupils. She says the process reminds her of ‘grooming’... In all but a very few cases, she says, the children were officially diagnosed as autistic by the local education authority.Those not formally diagnosed showed clear signs of being on the autistic spectrum... The dramatic increase in the numbers of pupils wanting to change gender coincided with a growing clamour from activists demanding more rights for transgender people... some of the more outspoken transgender children police language and behaviour, often accusing teachers and fellow pupils of ‘misgendering’... transgender pupils tend to convert in ‘clusters’ of two or three around the age of 14 and in a very uniform manner: wearing their hair in a quiff and dyeing it blue, black or blond, and starting to wear large round glasses, Dr Martens boots, donkey jackets and tight trousers... transgender pupils at her school sometimes adopt the names of trans YouTubers who have found fame online. There have been times when a group of pupils who are identifying as boys all use the same name."

How only NHS children's transgender clinic 'buried' fact that 372 of 1,069 patients were autistic - "Since 2011, specialists at The Tavistock Centre’s Gender Identity Development Service in London have seen more than 1,000 under- 18s.An internal review discovered 372 of these patients – some 35 per cent – exhibited ‘moderate or severe autistic traits.'... The mother of an autistic teenager says she is ‘appalled’ at how the Tavistock Centre accepted her son’s claims that he was transgender but overlooked serious mental health problems... a senior psychologist accepted her son wanted to change sex, despite knowing he had autism and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)... Autism expert Dr Sally Powis said autistic teenagers searching for a reason why they did not fit in could fixate on the idea they were born into the wrong body – when gender might actually have nothing to do with it."

We'll look back on the rush to change our children's sex as one of the darkest chapters in medicine - "I have been a psychotherapist for more than 30 years and, in that time, I have worked with a small but significant number of patients who wished to change gender.For everyone’s sake, I believe that surgery – which is irreversible – should only ever be a last resort. We should always begin by working to help the mind fit better with the body before we start altering the body to fit the mind.Yet in today’s NHS, professionals are enabling hundreds – possibly thousands – of teenagers to have major surgery to change their gender.It is being done, almost unchallenged, in the name of transgender rights. But in 20 years’ time, I believe we will look back on this folly as one of the darkest periods in the history of modern medicine.We will question why we failed to challenge their belief that they were born in the ‘wrong’ bodies.We will ask why we so readily ignored the clanging alarm bells that many were autistic, or had mental health problems... Rather than understanding where it might be coming from – feeling lonely or isolated, being bullied, having an autistic spectrum disorder or struggling with any number of issues from sexuality to abuse to self-harm – we are allowing them to change sex.It’s a lazy and damaging solution and one which NHS professionals, teachers, politicians and the law are all too eager to embrace to signal their progressive views. In 2015, I published a prize- winning but controversial paper examining whether therapy could replace some patients’ perceived need for surgery.Personally, I believe that as a society we should celebrate gender variance. Some of my patients have been able to live creatively with the mismatch between their mind and body. Where that isn’t possible – and where a patient is obviously suffering – we should always do something about it.Yet the debate on this issue has been silenced by transgender activists who label as ‘transphobic’ anyone who dares to challenge their dogma.This blind adherence to ideology has real, dangerous consequences.In my field, for example, many psychotherapists are now afraid to properly question a patient who identifies as trans: afraid to explore their past, ask questions of their sexuality, or look into their mental health. They won’t go there, for fear of being struck off.One major problem in today’s blinkered reality is that, if you don’t ‘affirm’ a patient’s claim to be transgender, you can run the risk of being accused of practising ‘conversion therapy’... The danger is that, once on the medical pathway which leads to a sex change, it’s very hard to get off.Youngsters referred to the Gender Identity Development Service run by The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London undergo just six sessions to assess whether or not they are trans. Several members of staff have told me they are quietly appalled that, too often, no psychotherapy is offered before they start medical treatment.They are then given ‘puberty blocker’ drugs which halt physical developments – powerful medicines not even licensed for transgender treatment which we know can weaken the bones, perhaps for life. There is little long-term data on their safety yet the NHS routinely hands them out.Then most will receive cross-sex hormones, which carry their own risks. Giving testosterone to females, for instance, can raise the risk of ovarian cancer.Exactly how many make the full surgical transition to the ‘opposite’ sex is unclear. Whether it brings lasting happiness is even less so. Short-term studies, usually conducted soon after surgery, suggest patients are immediately happier. But the few long-term studies that exist paint a different picture.One, which followed men who had transitioned to be women for 15 to 20 years after surgery, showed they had a 20-times higher risk of suicide than others matched for age, social class and mental health problems. On YouTube, some transsexuals are now posting videos warning young people not to go ahead with reassignment.The backlash has begun.It surely can’t be long before more difficult questions will be asked by a new generation. They will ask why nobody stopped them, told them treatment could destroy their sex life – or warned them that it would make them infertile and might not make them happy after all. They might also have lawyers asking the same questions, eyeing millions of pounds in compensation."
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