THE experiences of a growing number of young women who were encouraged to ‘transition’ to male and now bitterly regret doing so have put the issue of so-called gender freedom under a worrying new spotlight.
In a Telegraph article, Joani Walsh has lifted the lid on what is really going on in the trans world.
She tells how young women are complaining that their underlying psychological issues were not addressed in the rush to get them to take puberty-blockers and cross-sex hormones, and have drastic surgeries.
It led to some undergoing double mastectomies, hysterectomies and the removal of their ovaries. Then, when these ‘treatments’ did not cure the ‘disease’ of being female, they were ignored.
One regretful woman is Debbie, now in her early 60s. She had a penis constructed from skin on her arm and now wants it removed, along with implants to replace the healthy breasts she had amputated when she was 44.
Charlie Evans (born Charlotte), 28, went through a ‘social transition’ in which she changed her name, as well as her pronouns, her passport and driving licence. But she stopped short of having a mastectomy because her mother had lost a breast to cancer.
She said that at the age of six, she convinced herself she was a boy. ‘I liked football, I liked trucks, I liked girls … therefore I was a boy.’
Another now seeking help is 22-year-old Keira, who had an unhappy childhood, deeply affected by her parents’ divorce and her mother’s alcoholism. It led her to retreat into a world where being a boy ‘felt like it offered escape’. She had a mastectomy, but now regrets it.
‘There’s a lack of interest in detransitioner studies and outcomes and data, because it doesn’t really suit the people pushing this ideology,’ she says.
Many ‘trans’ cases involve those who suffered sexual abuse when young. Debbie was a victim of ‘extensive childhood trauma, including sexual abuse’. Charlie says she was abused outside the family when she was eight. It ‘cemented within her a loathing of her female body’.
The lack of interest in detransitioning is likely to be linked to a lot of people. They include campaigners who fear that the problems associated with the ‘trans’ lifestyle might challenge their own decisions to ‘transition’.
Then there are the ‘experts’ at London’s prestigious Tavistock and Portman Trust – the only NHS clinic ‘treating’ gender dysphoria in young people – and the adult clinic at Charing Cross Hospital. Both offer life-changing interventions rather than counselling patients to relieve their mental confusion.
There is also the mass media’s uncritical treatment of the whole ‘trans’ phenomenon, which focuses on sensationalising the ‘fact’ that men can change into women and vice-versa without showing any of the downsides.
The outcome of this approach can be seen across Western society, in an upsurge of adolescent girls identifying as boys. In the past decade in the UK, there has been a ‘4,400 per cent increase in girls being referred for transitioning treatment’.
Perhaps even more culpable are those in government who are toying with the idea of allowing individuals to self-identify in the sex of their choice. Then there is the disastrous decision to include ‘trans’ issues in schools’ sex education, all at the behest of sexual diversity campaigners.
This will encourage children who ‘feel different’ – usually a sign of something more serious going on – to think they have been ‘born into the wrong body’.
By sexualising human relationships, it will make children afraid of the most natural thing in the world – same-sex friendships. Even more seriously, those tasked with the protection of children will be colluding in covering up sexual abuse.
The Government is always talking about mental health. Yet it is not only ignoring children’s growing mental anguish, but adding to their psychological confusion by encouraging abused children to believe they are ‘trans’.
The few beneficiaries from the social wrecking ball that is the ‘trans’ ideology – aside from paedophiles – include the population control movement, which must be delighted at all the young people voluntarily having themselves sterilised.
Also approving will be the cultural Marxists who see the divide-and-rule tactic as the only way of achieving power in a democracy.
Then there are the ‘liberal’ advocates of sexual promiscuity, sexual diversity and easy divorce, who refuse to acknowledge that their ‘good ideas’ have brought misery to the weakest in our society.
For such cultural vandals posing as reformers, it is only too convenient to disguise the growing pile of human casualities by giving them the ‘right’ to mutilate their bodies and wreck their happiness, all in the cause of ‘gender freedom’.
Meanwhile the taxpayer, who is meeting the cost of all this transitioning and detransitioning, is silenced with the threat of being accused of hate crime.
And yet, as Debbie points out, in seeking trans ‘treatment’ ‘many of these women describe a mental state where I do not believe they could have consented to these surgeries’.
Charlie Evans says she is in touch with 19 and 20-year-olds who have had full gender reassignment surgery and now wish they had not – ‘their dysphoria hasn’t been relieved. They don’t feel better for it’.
Keira agrees, saying: ‘Detransitioners are the rejects who go into the seconds shop. They’re not the good examples from the production line … they’re the damaged goods no one wants to acknowledge.’
Charlie says what every sane observer is already thinking – and some courageous doctors and other professionals are saying, at the risk of their careers: ‘You can’t be born in the wrong body – it’s our minds that need treatment, not our sex.’
A psychoanalyst who used to work at the Tavistock, Sue Evans, is now crowdfunding to bring a test case against the trust to establish that children cannot give their informed consent to what she describes as a ‘radical, experimental treatment’.
There is as yet no data on how many people are unhappy in their new gender, or are now seeking to detransition. However, a group legal action demanding compensation for their unnecessary suffering may be the only way to end the madness of ‘trans’ and break the evil spell that it has cast over the whole of society.