Here is Jamie Shupe writing about Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria:
Reading tens of thousands of media articles about ‘all things transgender’ has left me siding with the Brown University study’s conclusions.
The battle to protect the limited credible science behind medical transgenderism is trying to claim another high-profile victim. Lisa Littman, a Brown University researcher, recently published important research on rapid-onset gender dysphoria. It was suddenly yanked from public view on Brown’s website to appease those who say they worry her findings might “invalidate the perspectives” of transgender people.
Was Littman’s pioneering study of ROGD (Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria) really junk science, as transgender activists claim? Or was it just formal academic validation of what news articles have been displaying for years? My own four-year-long research project to analyze tens of thousands of media articles about “all things transgender” has left me siding with Littman and the study’s conclusions.
Lots of Other Reports Corroborate Littman’s Findings
Littman’s study centers on the social contagion of teens who suddenly develop gender dysphoria. These are kids who previously showed no signs of discomfort with their bodies declaring to their parents and the world that they are actually transgender.
Common traits among these children and young adults are being gender non-conforming or feeling distress about being forced to adopt sex-stereotypical dress and appearance. Some of them are suffering from one or more underlying psychiatric disorders. In the past, before the rise of medical transgenderism, nearly all of these kids would have eventually become lesbians or otherwise gone on to accept their birth sex.
Based on the experiences of parents whose children quickly developed gender dysphoria, Littman’s research explores the link between these kids, predominantly girls, suddenly believing they are boys and the external causes for this. The study examines whether bingeing on YouTube sex-change videos, hanging out in Reddit or Tumblr, and affiliating (either online or off) with other persons who have adopted sexual identities different from their birth sex influences the sudden dysphoria.
Read more: The Federalist
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