A transit of common sense

Nov 23, 2018 by

by Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet:

Questions about gender transitioning are at last being heard.

Against the noonday sun of transgender affirmation in Britain a dark object was seen to pass this week. It was a question mark, or rather, several marks in close succession. Two psychotherapists, a re-transitioned woman and a member of parliament cast doubt on what, in a few short years, has become standard practice among health professionals: putting children on the transgender path.

In the Daily Mail Bob Withers, a psychotherapist of 30 years standing, made an impassioned plea for a halt to the surgical transitioning of teenagers, “hundreds, possibly thousands” of whom are being enabled along this path in the public health system. He warns that “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.”

On public service television (Channel 4) another psychotherapist, Stella O’Malley, presented a documentary, Trans Kids: It’s Time to Talk, in which she worries about the children who might be prematurely given the options of body-altering surgery and a lifetime of hormone pills. It’s something she escaped herself,she believes, only by being born a half-decade too early for the trans wave.

In her programme, ‘Cale’, 25, talks about her youthful obsession with “passing” to the opposite sex, her realisation that it was a mistake, and her later “re-transition” to female. She also talks about the denial and exclusion she met with when she tried discuss her problems with the trans community.

And since these manifestos are prompted by the government’s proposal to change the law concerning official recognition of a gender change, Conservative MP David Davies has chipped in with the complaint that transgender activists have created an atmosphere of menace that is stifling the debate around gender issues that the government asserts it wants.

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