Today, the standard of care has changed. According to guidelines issued by the World Professional Association for Trans Health, health-care providers should ask for a letter from a therapist before medical intervention, but therapists themselves aren’t required to see clients for any particular length of time. Some doctors don’t require a letter at all. “There has been a lot of anger in the past about gatekeeping,” Kaplan said. “So I think clinicians lean toward wanting to help people transition.”
And this, Jackie thinks, is part of the problem.
“I didn’t really feel like I could talk to my counselors about detransitioning in the way that I wanted,” she said, “because they have specific political views, and I felt like if I said I had these criticisms of the whole concept of transitioning, they would have thought I was being brainwashed by transphobic bigots or whatever.”
Instead of talking to therapists, Jackie found a community online. She’s now a moderator of Detransition Info, an online resource for people to ask questions and share their experiences.
Jackie and other detrans people I spoke to said their online community is in the hundreds, but no one knows precisely what percentage of the population has detransitioned. It’s not even clear how many people are transgender. The United States Census Bureau doesn’t collect data on gender identity (or sexual orientation), but a 2016 study from the Williams Institute at UCLA Law estimates that there are 1.4 million trans adults in the United States, or about 0.6 percent of the adult population. That’s double previous estimates.
There’s a lot at stake for women in the upcoming election, with some extraordinary candidates and parties popping up in our electoral landscape. It makes the role of feminism in holding men to account more important than ever.
One of Australia’s leading feminists says she has been silenced from telling voters that the transgender founder of a new women’s rights political party was born a biological man.
The Daily Telegraph published an article on Thursday claiming a Sydney lawyer and writer named Anna Kerr had been “silenced” when a paragraph of a column she wrote for women’s media website . . . which detailed De Vendre’s identity as a “transgender woman” was cut.
The newspaper article said the 76-year-old underwent “Facial Feminisation Surgery” in Thailand in 2016.
“I’ve been fully transitioned for three years now,” De Vendre said. “I am a woman physically, mentally and my hormone base is estrogen.”
While the numbers shouldn’t matter in a society where every person should matter, it is interesting to observe how a relatively small section of the population has been able to dominate public debate in recent years.
So much so that feminists are now split between those who adhere to a more traditional view of gender equality where biological sex matters, and those who – genuinely it seems – believe that a man is a woman if he simply says he is.
On one side sits the First Minister and a number of well-connected feminist campaigners who support the Government’s plans to simplify the process of changing sex, and regard any concerns, no matter how gently they are expressed, as extreme prejudice.
On the other is a large number of women, genuinely concerned that their rights, particularly regarding single-sex safe spaces, are being ignored by politicians and campaigners, desperate to mollify a tiny minority.
And there is a very real fear that women’s biological identity is being slowly erased by trans activists and their woke sisters.
The new definition being pushed via gender identity legislation turns everything around. Sex is no longer about reproductive function, but is an identity. This does not, however, mean that it is regarded as a free choice: according to certain physicians and trans activists, gender identity is an “essence” that exists separately from socialization processes and the body.
Few of us would deny the existence of children who truly feel like they belong to the opposite sex, or the cruelty of growing up in a society where deviance from the gender norms can be severely punished.
But our modern response to children stepping outside of gender roles raises several questions. Is it ethical to surgically modify children’s bodies when they are not old enough to understand the lifelong consequences? If seven per cent of boys now are “naturally effeminate,” is this then not a natural part of what it means to be a male? Why the rush to remove them from malehood, if this is the case? And does this ultra-progressive attitude not entrench a very conservative idea of sex?
While, in the past, we removed dresses from children with penises, we now remove the penis from children with dresses. The bottom line remains the same: children with penises must not wear dresses. This is not a liberation from biologism, but rather the opposite.
They separated into two groups. A group of approximately 20 girls started chanting for privacy in the restrooms saying they don’t want boys transitioning into being girls to be in the restroom with them.
Another group of approximately 40 students chanted in favor of the rights for transgender students to use whichever restroom they feel comfortable with.
Under state law the school is required to allow transgender students into the restroom of the gender with which they identify.
Stephanie Hayden tweeted an image of the court order, issued by London High Court judge Mr Justice William Davis, which requires the parenting website to name the anonymous user.