A transgender study’s non-PC conclusion
A Brown University researcher has come to a stunning conclusion about transgender youth—one that the university is now trying to censor, said Joy Pullmann. The explosion in the number of teens (especially girls) who suddenly come to believe they are transgender, the study found, may be the result of “social contagion,” linked to having friends who identify as transgender and obsessively viewing YouTube videos about transgender youth. Lisa Littman, a behavioral and social sciences professor, examined clusters of “rapid-onset gender dysphoria” among young people and surveyed 256 parents of kids who’d come out as transgender. A full 87 percent announced they were transgender only after friends did and/or after immersing themselves in online videos and chats about transgender youth. None had expressed transgender feelings early in childhood. In one typical case, a popular coach came as out as transgender, and within a year, four of her students also announced they were transgender. When activist groups strongly objected to the study, Brown yanked it off its website and apologized. But if transgenderism really is “a fad” for at least some young people, that has important implications. Should parents agree to their kids’ demands for irreversible surgical and hormonal intervention at an early age?