A study published by the Public Library of Science has found that most teenagers begin to identify as transgender when they are in a peer group that also has others who identify as transgender.
The study found that 87 percent of young people were reported by parents to have come out as transgender after spending more time on social media and the internet. The study also cited “clusters of gender dysphoria outbreaks occurring in pre-existing friend groups with multiple or even all members of a friend group becoming gender dysphoric and transgender-identified.”
It was also reported that 60.7 percent of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) who end up identifying as transgender saw a popularity gain among their group of friends.
The findings helped validate the phenomenon known as “rapid-onset gender dysphoria” (ROGD). ROGD is described in the study as a “phenomenon where the development of gender dysphoria is observed to begin suddenly during or after puberty in an adolescent or young adult who would not have met criteria for gender dysphoria in childhood.”
The study also noted some of the discriminatory behavioral practices that came with ROGD.
“AYAs expressed a range of behaviors that included: expressing distrust of non-transgender people (22.7%); stopping spending time with non-transgender friends (25.0%); trying to isolate themselves from their families (49.4%); and only trusting information about gender dysphoria from transgender sources (46.6%),” the study claims.
Unsurprisingly, the study, published by Lisa Littman, has come under intense scrutiny from the LGBT community and activists.
Of note, Littman is an assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences at Brown University, so she clearly has some idea about what she is saying.
That still hasn’t stopped rampant criticism and backlash to be directed in her direction.
The author of the study just wanted it in writing, she didn't want anyone to review her flawed methodology or bias. She's happy to do harm to a marginalized group now and take the hit to her credibility later. @HealthyBrown would be wise to distance themselves.
— TS Hailey Heartless (@SadistHailey) August 24, 2018
While outrage from the vocal far-left isn’t exactly news to anyone, what was surprising was Brown University’s response to Littman’s study.
Not only did Brown remove the study, the school all but promoted censorship of scientific studies that would dare to offend anyone.
In a statement released by Dr. Bess Marcus, Dean of Brown University School of Public Health, noted the “concerns that the conclusions of the study could be used to discredit efforts to support transgender youth and invalidate the perspectives of members of the transgender community.”
By that logic, shouldn’t any study claiming that transgenders are born transgender also be censored? After all, it’s sure to “invalidate the perspectives” of people who don’t share those viewpoints.
This is a terrifying precedent for scientific research. It’s one thing to disagree with a study and to provide counter-arguments. That type of discourse is how we, as a people, learn and grow. Squashing research that you disagree with based wholly on feelings is the very antithesis of the scientific method.
“I disagree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Whatever happened to those days?
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