My 12yo daughter’s friends and teachers pushed her into wanting to be a boy, by Debbie Hayton.
Keira Bell, now 23, is taking legal action against the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, which runs NHS England’s only gender identity clinic for children. More than 2,700 children, some as young as 10, were referred to the clinic last year – a twentyfold rise over the past decade.
Many, like Bell, are quickly put onto puberty blockers that can cause dangerous side effects. Bell, who now regrets taking the drugs as a teenager to try to become a boy, said this week: “There needs to be a stop to prescribing puberty blockers to children under 18.”
Keira Bell, 23, (pictured outside the Royal Courts of Justice in January) started gender reassignment at the clinic when she was just 16 after she felt suicidal and asked to be called by a boy’s name at school
Bell, however, is just one of many girls across the world who have been misled into thinking that they can become boys, and that the process is safe and easy. With decisions driven by social media influencers and peer pressure, and encouraged by right-on teachers, parents have been left bewildered by the sudden change in their daughters and the catastrophic effect on their mental health –- and, ultimately, their ability to have children of their own.
As Sheila Jeffreys, the feminist academic, has warned, “…the transgendering of children now is simply a form of eugenics,” which shares similarities with the forced sterilisation of homosexuals, criminals, the disabled, and people with mental health problems in the early 20th century. …
RT this week talked to Jennifer, a physician in her 50s whose daughter, now 14, identified as transgender from the autumn of 2017 until the spring of 2020. Speaking from her hospital in Massachusetts, she explained with pride how her daughter had resisted gender stereotypes from an early age.
“She always wore T-shirts and shorts; she didn’t like to wear dresses and skirts after the age of six,” said Jennifer. “She was very active playing outdoors with cars and trucks, and dug holes. She wasn’t stereotypically masculine; she was just an ordinary androgynous kid. When she was seven, she had her hair cut short and some people mistook her for a boy. We thought that was cute and funny, just fine.”
But by the time her daughter was 11, very different messages were circulating at school. “Earnest progressive people were talking about gender identity and she started to apply that notion to herself.” Initially, the school kept the news from Jennifer. “It started in the fall, but I didn’t actually know about it until the spring [of 2018]. They told me that the school never tells the parents when the child wants to change their pronouns, because they don’t want them to be at risk.”
Jennifer was told only when permission was secured from her daughter. Initially supportive of her daughter’s new non-binary identity, she had no clue as to the implications, which extended far beyond they/them pronouns.
The pressure from school had been insidious. “They had a trans student and a non-binary teaching assistant. Because of the adult who also went by they/them, they had to have a pronoun circle every time a visitor came into the classroom. No wonder she wanted to choose something more interesting than she/her.
“I don’t think this would have happened without this intense focus on gender identity every single day.”
Alarm bells rang, however, when her daughter asked for puberty blockers. By then she was identifying as a boy and using he/him pronouns. She insisted that the drugs were safe and reversible, but Jennifer’s professional nous led her to investigate. “I had never heard of safe and reversible drugs that can stop you having puberty, so I looked it up and learned that Histrelin –- the drug used in Massachusetts –- shuts down your entire sex-hormone axis. It is used to treat metastatic hormone responsive cancers and also chemically castrate sex offenders. I thought that didn’t seem healthy. She was 12 years old.” …
Realising that something was very wrong, she applied the brakes, and spared her daughter the puberty blockers that Keira Bell now regrets. She did, however, buy her daughter a $25 breast binder, which became a treasured possession. “It was the most important thing in the world for a while. It was like a corset, a horrible piece of clothing that made it difficult for her to breathe but she would not give it up. When it was in the laundry, she would not leave the house.” …
The contrast to Jennifer’s own childhood was staggering, “Where were all these trans kids who were not allowed to be their true selves when I was in school in the 1980s? There were no suicides in my high school. We have to question why this is suddenly happening.”
Jennifer, incidentally, is a pseudonym. Her story will be familiar to families across the world, but parents cannot speak out openly. Apart from the need to protect their children’s privacy, mothers like Jennifer fear for their livelihoods should their identities become known.
The sexual revolutionaries and political correctness have combined to create a toxic danger to our young women. A society that cannot safeguard its young women will not survive.
hat-tip Stephen Neil