Who’s for pumping confused kids full of hormones to suppress the onset of their puberty? It’s a common “therapy” given to boys who think they are girls and vice versa.
According to the must-read new paper “Growing Pains: Problems with Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria” by Paul W. Hruz, Lawrence S. Mayer, and Paul R. McHugh in The New Atlantis, puberty suppression “Advocates argue that it represents a prudent and ‘fully reversible’ way to give young people with gender dysphoria and their families time to sort out the difficult issues surrounding gender identity.”
Gender dysphoria is the learned name for the mental malady of men thinking they’re women and vice versa.
The problem as Hruz and the others outline it is that drugging kids up is a “radical and experimental” procedure “based more on subjective judgments and speculation than on rigorous empirical studies”. The so-called treatment is “being applied in an uncontrolled and unsystematic manner” and is endangering kids.
Worse is that “the claim that puberty-blocking treatments are ‘fully reversible’ is not supported by scientific evidence, and possible side effects include abnormal bone and muscle development, neurological problems, and infertility.”
And worst “these treatments may make it more likely that patients whose cross-gender identification would not have persisted past childhood will continue to identify as the opposite sex into adulthood”. Given the faddish and hip nature of transgenderism, where experimentation is increasing, this is no small worry.
As the authors rightly point out, “children are not fully capable of understanding what it means to be a man or a woman. Most children with gender identity problems eventually come to accept the gender associated with their sex and stop identifying as the opposite sex.” Drugging confused kids and guiding them with “gender-affirming” words transforms what would ordinarily be a temporary infatuation and creates a lifelong affliction.
Now some medical groups, such as the Endocrine Society and World Professional Association for Transgender
Health, advocate giving kids who are confused about their biology chemicals to slow the onset of puberty. They do this because, they claim, “gender dysphoria ‘rarely desists after the onset of pubertal development” and because, they claim, “suppression causes no irreversible or harmful changes in physical development and puberty resumes readily if hormonal suppression is stopped”.
Slowing puberty “gives adolescents more time to explore their gender nonconformity” and—and this a big and—the treatment “may facilitate transition [to living as the opposite sex] by preventing the development of sex characteristics that are difficult or impossible to reverse if adolescents continue on to pursue sex reassignment.”
Be a man—or a woman—and click on over.