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November 18, 2022

Now That Tens of Thousands of Teenagers Have Been Put on Experimental Untested Unapproved Puberty Blockers, The New York Times Gets Around to Wondering: Is This Medically Safe?

Oh look, the dull students in the back of the class finally woke up.

Via Twitchy:

But as an increasing number of adolescents identify as transgender -- in the United States, an estimated 300,000 ages 13 to 17 and an untold number who are younger -- concerns are growing among some medical professionals about the consequences of the drugs, a New York Times examination found. The questions are fueling government reviews in Europe, prompting a push for more research and leading some prominent specialists to reconsider at what age to prescribe them and for how long. A small number of doctors won't recommend them at all.

Dutch doctors first offered puberty blockers to transgender adolescents three decades ago, typically following up with hormone treatment to help patients transition. Since then, the practice has spread to other countries, with varying protocols, little documentation of outcomes and no government approval of the drugs for that use, including by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

But there is emerging evidence of potential harm from using blockers, according to reviews of scientific papers and interviews with more than 50 doctors and academic experts around the world.

The drugs suppress estrogen and testosterone, hormones that help develop the reproductive system but also affect the bones, the brain and other parts of the body.

The left is -- you'll never guess; no try to guess, really, I swear, you'll never guess it -- freaking out over the New York Times' incredibly minor betrayal. See the Twitchy link for more.

And if you think that's So Transphobic I Can't Even RN, well, John Sexton reports that Reuters has gone So Transphobic I Can't Even RN Times One Million by daring to wonder: Gee wilickers, why have social-pressure susceptible young girls suddenly become much, much more interested in transgender "therapy" than boys?

Bear in mind, for decades, only males did this. (And only very few males.) Now many more girls than boys are "transgender."

Is this the way it's "always been"? Have girls just always been boys and we just never noticed before?

Sexton, quoting from Reuters:

Thousands of children who...were assigned female at birth have sought gender-affirming care in recent years. And for reasons not well-understood, they significantly outnumber those assigned male at birth who seek treatment...

Professionals in the gender-care community agree that treatment of all transgender children should be supportive and affirming. The question, for some, is whether peer groups and online media may be influencing some of these patients to pursue medical transition, with potentially irreversible side effects, at a time in their lives when their identities are often in flux.

Corey Basch, a professor of public health at William Paterson University in New Jersey who researches health communication and teens' use of social media, said she fears that some adolescents are susceptible to making faulty self-diagnoses without adequate input from medical professionals. "Teens are so incredibly vulnerable to information overload and being pushed in one direction," Basch said. "They could be lacking the analytical skills to question who is giving this advice and if their advice is valid."

Adolescents assigned female at birth initiate transgender care 2.5 to 7.1 times more frequently than those assigned male at birth, according to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), a 4,000-member organization of medical, legal, academic and other professionals. Several clinics in the United States told Reuters that among their patients, the ratio was nearly 2-to-1, and similar phenomena have been documented in Europe, Canada and Australia.

I think this is the first admission in all of the leftwing propaganda media that maybe social contagion might be the real diagnosis here.

Sexton's report notes that even WPATH -- the transgender "doctor" network and professional organization funded by the evil Pritzker family -- is now acknowledging that social contagion might have something to do with supposed feelings of transgenderism, and ethical care should probe patients to determine how much of their feelings are real (or, "real") and how much is just monkey-watch-video-monkey-go-to-transgender-therapist.

I want to quote this in case anyone targets me for cancellation or a fine: This is from WPATH's own guidelines:

In its new Standards of Care, published in September, WPATH acknowledged for the first time that "social influence" may impact an adolescent's gender identity. The organization recommends that youths undergo an in-depth evaluation in part so that clinicians "can discern between a person's gender identity that is marked and sustained and an identity that might be socially influenced," according to Dr Eli Coleman, director of the University of Minnesota Medical School's Institute for Sexual and Gender Health who oversaw the update of WPATH's guidelines.

As I've repeatedly pointed out, the media has been very willing to notice that young people -- girls in particular -- are going down rabbit holes of consuming TikToks and YouTube videos of "disability influencers," usually by people faking a disability, things like Tourette's and especially the hot mental illness of the moment, DID or multiple personality disorder. That one really lets a histrionic/attention seeking girl really flex her Drama Club chops and do a One Girl Show of up to ten captivating characters.

Girls watch these videos, see how much ATTENTION! the girls feigning these conditions are getting -- all those followers! all those likes! -- and then start feigning the conditions themselves.

But while the media keeps warning about the propensity of young girls to imitate the mental disorders they see Mental Disorder Influencers showing off online, there's one mental disorder the media never discusses as possibly also a case of monkey-see-monkey-do: Transgenderism.

For reasons that are entirely unexplained, a writer will bang out a piece on girls believing they have Tourette's because they saw other girls with Tourette's (supposedly) on the internet, then follow it up with a sequel about girls who believe they have DID/multiple personality disorder because they saw other girls showing off all their "alters" in videos, and then, looking for a third similar situation to complete their social contagion mental disorder trilogy... decide to not finish the trilogy, but leave it unfinished and abandoned, like the George R. R. Martins of pop psychology.


Gee, who can know, who could even guess.

With even WPATH now admitting that there might maybe could be a component of "social influence" in just a few of these cases of claimed transgenderism, will our Brave Firefighters start actually braving the fire?

Or nah?

Nah, right?

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