This is a follow up to my last post. Evolutionary Biologist and fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Colin Wright, weighs in on the recent retraction of Michael Bailey’s peer reviewed article about ROGD.
Bailey’s paper, “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria: Parent Reports on 1655 Possible Cases,” was a significant contribution to the ongoing debate about transgender identification among youth. The paper’s retraction was the result of a months-long campaign by activists who disagreed with its findings.
Those findings suggested that social factors might be contributing to the surge in cases of gender dysphoria among adolescents and young adults who had previously shown no gender-related issues. This hypothesis contradicts the prevailing “gender-affirming” model of care, which posits that children can know their “gender identity” from a very early age and will rarely, if ever, change their minds about it.
The retraction of the paper was not due to any flaws in the research itself, but rather to a technicality regarding the consent process for the study’s participants. The authors were accused of not obtaining written informed consent from the participants to have their responses published in a peer-reviewed article. However, Bailey argued that the participants were well aware that their anonymized results would be published online.
This retraction has far-reaching implications. It not only removes a significant contribution to the scientific debate on transgender identification among youth, but also signals the ideological capture of a scientific publishing giant that controls hundreds of journals that shape our knowledge base.
Wright raises important questions about the integrity of scientific publishing, the influence of ideology on scientific discourse, and the potential consequences of suppressing research that contradicts prevailing narratives.