Starting Again

I was born in the sixties.  But I am not a child of the 60’s.  My family was lower-middle class, and by the standards of the time, traditional in most every way.  Dad was a minister.  If he or mom had lived into their 90’s they would not have imagined the social changes we have witnessed in the last 20 years.  It would be too easy to say the sexual revolution of the 60’s caused all this change, as some conservatives maintain.  But the roots of this change go back much further than the swinging 60’s.  

So I’m embarking with some misgivings on a survey of cultural history.  There are deep intellectual and cultural traditions that have shaped our everyday lives.  We’ve come to a point in the Western world where the statement “I’m a woman trapped in a man’s body” is comprehensible to many public leaders, at least in public.  That phrase would be completely incomprehensible to my parent’s generation, in public or private, not to mention every preceding generation.  It is still incomprehensible to many, if not most people today. But if you express your bewilderment in public, say at many workplaces in the Western world, increasingly the odds are you will be regarded as stupid, immoral or worse.  You may be reprimanded for your irrational “phobia.”  You might even have your career derailed.  If you broadcast your view on a public forum, say Twitter, expect the Twitterati to pounce with the ferocity of a caged unfed Tiger.  In certain parts of the world you may even be charged with a hate-crime for your expressed incredulity at the latest massive cultural shift.  (See the following posts, here & here.)

As a 60’s poet might say, “The times they are a changin.

The tectonic cultural shift in the last 20 years is quite breathtaking.  Regardless of what you think about gay marriage, we have gone from year 2000 where the majority of Americans were opposed to gay marriage to today where normalization of Transgenderism is fast approaching.

A long and winding road brought us to this point.  I want to offer a thoughtful and hopefully generous exposition, from a Classic Christian point of view, of how we got here.  As I go, I’ll be documenting some disturbing current events. (Read my next post). I hope that even those who disagree with Classic Christianity will find here a fair and readable assessment of our state of affairs. (post continues page 2)

Lost in Transnation

The discussion between Jordan Peterson and Miriam Grossman MD, titled “Gender Insanity and Parental Trauma,” focuses on the complexities and controversies surrounding the transgender movement, particularly its impact on individuals transitioning, their parents, and families. They delve into the grief and trauma experienced not only by those undergoing gender transition but also by their families, especially when societal pressures demand unconditional affirmation of gender identity changes.

The conversation highlights the historical roots of gender ideology, criticizing the work of Dr. John Money and his controversial experiments, which laid the foundation for current gender identity theories. Theories which have no basis in reality.

Miriam Grossman, a physician, author, and public speaker, shares her early concerns about gender ideology and its inclusion in sex education, predating widespread public awareness. She discusses her observations of the harmful effects of teaching children that gender is a psychological concept separate from biological sex, emphasizing the confusion and destabilization this can cause.

Grossman and Peterson critique the notion that increasing choices in gender identity leads to freedom, arguing instead that it can result in anxiety and psychological distress, particularly among young people. They express concern over the rapid increase in depression and anxiety rates, especially among young women, attributing part of this trend to the pressures and confusions associated with gender identity exploration.

Watching this discussion will take some time, but it will be worth. You’ll be more informed about this issue. And that’s a very good thing.


Finnish Study Challenges Perceptions of Suicide Risk in Gender-Dysphoric Youth

Finnish Study Challenges Perceptions of Suicide Risk in Gender-Dysphoric Youth, Highlights Importance of Addressing Mental Health

A comprehensive study from Finland, published in BMJ Mental Health, explores suicide rates among young people under 23 seeking gender services, finding no significant increase in suicide rates compared to peers when controlling for psychiatric conditions. The research challenges the notion that gender reassignment alone reduces suicide risk. This study, part of a broader body of Finnish research, raises important questions about the practice of medical gender transition for minors.

Groundbreaking Study

In this groundbreaking study researchers have taken a closer look at the suicide rates among young people seeking gender services, and their findings are prompting many to rethink some of their assumptions.

Over a span of 25 years, the study observed that suicides among these youths were remarkably rare, with no significant difference in suicide rates when compared to the general population, once factors like psychiatric needs were accounted for.

Finland, a pioneer in questioning the medical gender transition for minors, has been at the forefront of this research. Their work sheds light on the intricate dynamics at play, including the increase in gender dysphoria among youth and the influence of societal and media narratives on adolescent identity. The Finnish studies collectively caution against hasty medical interventions and point to the essential role of psychosocial support.

Challenging the Prevailing Narrative

Interestingly, the latest findings challenge the prevailing narrative that gender transition is a direct path to reducing suicide risks among gender-dysphoric youth. Instead, the data suggest that the focus should be on managing the mental health issues that often accompany gender dysphoria. This nuanced view aligns with earlier Finnish research, which highlighted the persistent psychiatric needs of this group, despite gender reassignment.

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The Study

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