When it was banned from Amazon, I ordered a copy of Ryan T. Anderson’s ‘When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment’ straight from the publisher, Encounter Books. It took a couple months to arrive but was well worth the wait and has leavened and transformed my thinking on transsexualism. It is also a frightening book, not only for the disaster it describes and portends for our children who are being disfigured and disordered by diabolical medical professionals and its movement, but also that such a fair-minded, loving, compassionate, and exemplary scholarly work as Anderson’s can today be wrathfully branded as hatespeech and banned with such scornful impunity and resounding applause from a society which postures as scientific.
Thomas Sowell saw that :
“It is amazing how many people think that they can answer an argument by attributing bad motives to those who disagree with them. Using this kind of reasoning, you can believe or not believe anything about anything, without having to bother to deal with facts or logic.”
Nowhere is this critique more appropriate than today’s transgender movement and the lackeys on the Left who coddle and pander to them. They don’t refute what Anderson has thoroughly researched and suggested, they simply reject, repudiate, silence, and slander him.
This tactic has become the modus operandi of the angry Left today in today’s cancel culture, but Anderson kindly suggests that in so doing, they are cutting off their noses to spite their face. The more the Left asserts lies which are a plain as the nose on your face, and the more they pour out their wrath upon parents who ask genuinely-concerned, common-sensical questions, the more they will repulse society and discredit their cause. -We hope.
Recruiting Our Most Vulnerable and “Locking Them In”
Make no mistake, the cause and aim of today’s transgender movement is to get as many children as possible with gender dysphoria to transition to the opposite sex using a recommended four-step treatment process of social transition, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgery. -To lock them into a process of conversion as soon as they experience strong feelings of gender dysphoria. This process, “sets children on a course with its own momentum, each step reinforcing the trajectory.”
Transgenders might deny that men and women have brains that function differently but they know all about neuroplasticity and the capacity of the brain to rewire itself over time with behavioral therapy. They know that if a young person starts dressing as the opposite sex, they are more likely to rewire their brains in a way that affirm that “gender identity.”
Even more effective are puberty blockers which will prevent the natural unfolding of one’s actual sexuality and acceptance of it. But effective of all is the cross-sex hormone therapy that, taken for years, often makes the person convinced they are the other sex, and therefore more eager for irreversible surgery. “Get ‘em hooked and locked in while their young,” seems to be a key part of the overall strategy.
One of the most disturbing things that I continue to encounter as I read the literature on this subject is just how viscous and venomous the emotional blackmail is that is used to persuade parents to surrender their children to the transgenderists.
They have constructed an argument that is a “heads I win/tails you lose” scenario. Instead of actually dealing with the underlying causes of the well-established fact that transgendered people have a vastly higher rate of suicide, the activists assert that if you don’t let a kid transition he’ll commit suicide, and if you did let him transition and he still commits suicide it is because you and society weren’t supportive enough.
Never do they question whether the suicide is due to other factors; especially the gender dysphoria itself which research shows is rarely remedied by transition therapy and surgery. The sad truth is that :
“even in cultures that are relatively “trans-friendly,” transitioners still face poor outcomes.”