First cut is the deepest but reversal also traumatic for trans community

First cut is the deepest but reversal also traumatic for trans community, by Janet Albrechtsen.

The transgender cause is pitched as the civil rights movement of the 21st century. It is no such thing. No legitimate civil rights movement would emasculate the rights of women or show scant regard for the welfare of children or disregard the wellbeing of the most vulnerable, people suffering con­fusion and underlying traumas. …

The case of James Caspian illustrates the evil of PC in this area:

Caspian, a registered psychotherapist, has worked for a decade with hundreds of transgender and transsexual patients and sup­ported many through gender transition. In 2014 he enrolled at Bath Spa University to undertake research into what he was hearing from within his profession: more and more people seeking surgery to reverse their gender-reassignment surgery.

It’s true that this is not for the faint-hearted. When men undergo gender-reassignment surgery, their penis and testicles are ­removed and a vagina is medically constructed. Reversing this surgery is equally awful.

The university ethics committee rejected Caspian’s application in November last year. The committee’s report stated the research was “politically incorrect” and “the posting of unpleasant material on blogs or social media may be detrimental to the reputation of the university”. The ethics committee advised him to do a “less ethically complex piece of research”. …

“I found that, particularly in the US, there are increasing numbers of very young women who decided they were trans, had taken testosterone, some had breasts removed and then ­realised, typically in their early 20s if not before, that it was a mistake. This is a hugely under-researched field,” he says.

People who had reversed their gender-reassignment surgeries con­tacted Caspian but were too traumatised to speak publicly about it. Caspian recalls being contacted by a spokeswoman for a group of women who said “quite a lot of us have taken testosterone, had breasts removed and have gone back to living as women. But we don’t all reverse our surgery, which would mean breast ­implants. So we just live with the scars.”

Wow. Imagine if the media decided to run sympathetic stories on these people. Things would change fast due to the public outcry. But because it questions an important and active identity group on the left, just silence. Political correctness triumphs over correctness.

Caspian told Inquirer “already some women are noticing men going into women’s change rooms, claiming they are women when there is nothing ­female about them. Women end up getting changed in a broom cupboard. The Gender Recognition Act cements this stuff.”

De-platforming — they cannot change reality, but they can suppress talk about it:

Last month, when some women organised to meet at a London community centre to discuss these changes, a small group of angry trans activists found out and told the venue they would disrupt the meeting. The community centre cancelled the event. Women then gathered at Hyde Park’s Speakers Corner to agree a new venue. Janice Turner, a journalist at The Times, was there. She wrote that the activists “rang every conceivable venue within a mile radius to promise mayhem”.

Turner saw Maria, a 60-year-old woman “in specs and sensible shoes” who was taking photographs, get smacked in the face by a trans activist after another activist smashed her camera. As police arrived, Turner asked a young activist if she was OK with men smacking women. “It’s not a guy, you’re a piece of shit, and I’m happy they hit her” was her reply.

It’s ideological, and the toll of victims is mounting:

Caspian says it’s a one-size-fits-all affirmation ideology, a case of: “Great, you’re trans, let’s get you on the pathway and if your parents object, then they are transphobic. And anyone who has any concerns is transphobic.”

In the US, research is being done into something called rapid-onset gender dysphoria. Caspian says rapid onset involves “somebody who has not displayed the more typical long pattern of feeling they are the other gender. Suddenly, and often after intensive internet exposure, they develop gender dysphoria; dysphoria meaning unhappiness. They are invariably young, minors, under 18s and young adults.”

Doctors tell us that patients of gender clinics are six times likelier to be on the autistic spectrum and vulnerable to being drawn into a social movement where trans is considered a place where they can belong. Increasingly it’s girls who hate themselves for being female, hating their bodies. Many of them have been raped and sexually ­abused and gender transition is a means to escape from the conflict they feel being female. This trauma is not the same as someone who, from a very young age, feels they are essentially male.

hat-tip Barry Corke