Gender reassignment? They’re castrating children

“Castrating children” is the phrase used by pediatrics professor John Whitehall to describe unscientific experimentation on youth in the name of transgenderism. Taxpayer-funded organisations are pushing the barrow for transpolitics. The Australian Human Rights Commission has warned sporting groups to adopt its transgender code to minimise discrimination complaints. Publicly funded medics are experimenting on children but refuse to answer detailed questions from journalists. Labor and Greens MPs are leading the charge to legislate the lie that birth sex can be changed. People who dissent from transpolitics are called phobic, bigoted and accused of hate speech. How did we get here?

Transgender activism became prominent during the rise of queer politics in the 1980s. Queer differs significantly from historical movements for sexual equality. Sheila Jeffreys, a former professor of political science, described how it was influenced by libertarian rather than liberal ideas about sexuality. She wrote: “Sexual liberals are those who subscribe to the 1960s agenda of sexual tolerance, to the idea that sex is necessarily good and positive, and censorship is a bad thing. Sexual libertarians … advocate the ‘outer fringes’ of sexuality, such as sadomasochism, with the belief that ‘sexual minorities’ are at the forefront of creating the sexual revolution.”

By the mid-80s, queer politics was in the ascendant. Leading theorists promoted what were then considered marginal sexual practices such as violent sexual sadism, prostitution and pedophilia. The body was viewed as a vehicle for sexual revolution and sometimes children’s bodies were objectified for the cause. Queer theorist Gayle Rubin said: “Like communists and homosexuals in the 1950s, boy-lovers are so stigmatised that it is difficult to find defenders for their civil liberties … these men have been the victims of a savage and undeserved witch hunt.”

The use of children in gender engineering is arguably a form of abuse. Research on the long-term effects of hormone therapy and puberty blockers is scarce. And the test subjects — children — cannot provide meaningful consent because their minds have not yet matured. Yet the medicalisation of gender has made it easier for children deemed abnormal to be corrected. Queer activists encourage the practice because it disrupts the relationship between birth sex, gender expression and heterosexuality that forms the foundation of both the natural family and the private sphere.

The toll of medical interference in childhood hormonal development is not yet known. The Weekend Australian reported that 2415 children were referred for medical gender treatment between 2014 and last year. There has been a 41 per cent increase in Victoria. The Victorian Labor government has been in office for most of that period. It has promoted transgenderism among children as part of the Safe Schools curriculum. It produced a politically correct language guide for the public sector criticising “heteronormative” terms such as husband and wife and celebrating gender-nonsense pronouns such as “zie” and “hir”.

US Democrats have adopted gender nonsense by signing off emails with “zie”. Comrades are advancing the cause Down Under. In Tasmania, Labor and Greens MPs sponsored a bill that removes birth sex from birth certificates and enables people to change their gender without undergoing sex reassignment surgery. Some feminists objected to it because international precedent showed men claiming to be female have sexually preyed on women in public toilets, showers and change rooms, as well as rape centres and prisons. Their objections were to no avail.

The AHRC is playing an influential role in making transgender politics mainstream. Last week, Cricket Australia published a policy for transgenderism in elite and community sport. It was based on AHRC guidelines released earlier this year. CA said it was committed to having “transgender and gender-diverse people in elite and community cricket”. In plain terms, it means people born male can participate in women’s cricket. Scott Morrison described the community guidelines as “heavy-handed” and “mystifying”.

Gender-atypical youth are increasingly put on display by parents not shy of the spotlight and media hungry for ratings. The narrative is predictable. A child likes to dress in clothes of the opposite gender and play games associated with the other gender too; a little girl likes trucks or a little boy likes dolls. They display a range of behaviour considered atypical for their birth sex.

Parents notice their child is different. They seek answers: why is their child not like other children? Someone tells them about gender dysphoria, or they find out online. They seek medical advice. The doctor tells them their child could have a medical condition and refers them to a gender expert who confirms it. The medical condition is biological, not social. It is probably permanent.

The diagnosis of gender dysphoria is a relief. The parent can take action where they once felt helpless. The child’s belief they are different is reinforced. They are medically abnormal and require correction. The cure is medical. It is invasive. It is experimental. But all of it is deemed necessary for the little boy who likes to wear dresses or the little girl who enjoys rough-housing and hates frocks.

In a more temperate culture, we might accept that gender and sexuality are not always predictable or fixed. The vast majority of people do express gender behaviour that matches their birth sex and most people are heterosexual.

Yet evidence suggests homosexuality and atypical gender expression have existed throughout human history. There is nothing wrong with tomboys or little boys who behave more like girls. In my family, as in many others, there are plenty of girls who were tomboys as kids. Some grew to become great women who happen to be lesbian. Most of our family’s tomboys now have husbands and children of their own. If gender dysphoria had been all the rage when we were young, many would have been denied the opportunity to grow up naturally.

Instead of affirming the belief of a child who thinks they are in the wrong body because their gender isn’t a perfect match for their birth sex, the medical profession should exercise its duty of care and dispel the delusion.

Source : https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/gender-reassignment-theyre-castrating-children/news-story/8e126197a78d943aa79865398d34c40b?fbclid=IwAR3a21fJpP5y6sHBWsHU_OtXiBPIddAvNBhy2NKumWlpdU04meii7DJSPDc

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