How the culture wars adversely affect young people

Apr 13, 2021 by

by Josephine Bartosch, The Critic:

Young people’s bodies have become collateral damage in the ongoing culture wars as politicians continue to pander to trans ideology.

From claims that Jesus was trans to demands for puppies for snowflake students, outrage and offence keep people like me in pocket. Indeed, anyone worth their column inches will have faced calls for “cancellation” or “no platforming”. But under such headlines there are people who bear real scars from the culture wars. Those caught in the crossfire are most often children and young people in need of support; they have been failed by the adults and institutions that should have their best interests at heart.

That’s why voices like Keira Bell’s are uniquely powerful; reasoned and calm, on 7 April Bell told her story of how she came to believe that her problems would be solved by transitioning to become male. In a moving and personal account of her experience for Persuasion she explained: I had so many issues that it was comforting to think I really had only one that needed solving: I was a male in a female body. But it was the job of the professionals to consider all my co-morbidities, not just to affirm my naïve hope that everything could be solved with hormones and surgery.”

[…]  The policies that led to the medicalisation of young women like Bell were formed in the dark, with little political or journalistic scrutiny. Some have suggested this is no accident; in 2019 a report produced by the LGBT pressure group IGLYO (with assistance from staff at the international law firm Dentons) advised those lobbying for “legal gender recognition for youth” to “intervene early in the legislative process and ideally before it has even started” and to “avoid excessive press coverage and exposure”.

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