On Science Denialism in the Transgender Communities
In the sense that I may as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb, it really gets my goat that so many intelligent transfolk can be so deep into science denial, specifically denying the overwhelming evidence for the two type taxonomy and especially for the role that autogynephilia plays in the developent of one of the types. But hey, who am I trying to kid (yes, pun intended)? Science denial is everywhere these days. Even in the transgender communities… So, for the record:
No, vaccines do not cause autism! Give it up. The scientific evidence is overwhelming… and Andrew Wakefield lost his medical license because of his outright fraud, both legal and scientific. VAX !!!
Yes, the HIV virus does cause AIDS. Hard to believe, but there are still those who deny this well established fact. Practice safer sex!
No, “Morgellons” don’t exist. See a pshrink about your delusional parasitosis.
Yes, anthropogenic climate change is happening. Your favorite climate science denialist arguements are truly no match for data. The data clearly says its happening.
No, homeopathy, chiropracty, accupunture, reiki, colonics, “detox”, etc. are not real… in fact all the so called “alternative”, “complementary”, or “integrative medicine” are bogus. They are all placebos with no real effect other than to drain your bank account.
Yes, GMOs are safe to eat. Calling them “frankenfood” is just a cheap rhetorical trick.
No, cellphones do not cause cancer, nor do microwave ovens, over head power lines, or other sources of “radiation”. Get a grip, sunlight is “radiation” and while needed for good health (Vitamin D), actually CAN cause cancer, unlike your smartphone. Oh… and they aren’t the cause of bee colony collapse either.
Yes, humans (and every other life form on the planet) evolved from previous species. Evolution is a fact. How it happens is explained by the theory of evolution. “Creation Science” isn’t. No, the Earth is not 6,000 years old. It is a shade older than 4.5B years… but then, asking a lady her age is considered rude?
No, Blanchard, Bailey, Lawrence, Dreger, Cantor, nor I are ‘big fat meanies’ for writing about the science. We just trust evidence, not vehemence.
Yes, there are two types of transwomen… and yes, one of them is autogynephilic.
In a recent article, Casey Plett, told a big fat lie about me… defaming me, by saying that “Then there’s Kay Brown, who runs a blog where she has praised Zucker’s work.”
The problem? Nowhere in this blog, do I “praise Zucker’s work”…
What I do do is cite Zucker’s papers, where appropriate. That is NOT the same thing as “praise”. What’s more, Plett falsely implies that I support the therapies that tried to “cure” transkids of being… well… transkids. Nothing could be further from the truth. First, take a moment to read my “about” page. There you will note that I was in fact sent to therapists, who attempted just that. I know, as many of Plett’s other listed transfolk who spoke out about Zucker’s work do not, what such therapy feels like first hand… Many of these individuals include very dishonorable transfolk who have participated in vilifying, falsely, various researchers and transwomen who explore the nature of transsexual and transgender sexuality, most especially those who explore the two type taxonomy and the nature and role of autogynephilia in transgender men and transwomen.
I suspect it is not my comments regarding “reparative” therapy or of citing Zucker that has excited Plett to defame me thus… but of my assiduous search for the truth… a truth that many do not want to hear. I also suspect that Pleth had been told, rather than researched what my blog says, taking the word of the someone among that cast of dishonorable transfolk. Had she actually read my blog (now over a hundred essays) she would have found this snippet on my Advice to Parents of Transkids,
“Similarly, there have been historically accepted, but totally erroneous beliefs, among a minority of child development “experts” and psychotherapists, that an overly strong emotional bond between the child and their opposite sex parent, or allowing gender atypical children participation in, expressing interest in, or even just being exposed to, gender atypical activities or hobbies leads to gender dysphoria and/or homosexuality. This has led to an emotionally abusive therapy by some child therapists, encouraging opposite sex parents to reduce their involvement in the child, while encouraging the same sex parent to become more involved, especially in stereotypical gender typical activities, to punish gender atypical behavior and reward gender typical behavior, as a means of precluding a young child from becoming a transsexual or gay adult. Following or allowing such a course will more likely lead to resentful withdrawal and long term damage to the parent/child relationships. Both parents should endeavor to love, bond with, and accept their children as they are.
(I can attest from personal experience, that nothing could be further from the truth. I was and remain very close to my father, while my mother was and remains cold and distant; and both consistently disapproved of my gender atypicality, encouraging my gender neutral hobbies and regularly attempting to encourage, one may say requiring, stereotypically gender typical ones, which were universally rebuffed by me, from an early age.)”
Casey Plett owes me an apology, a big one.
Addendum 4/14/2016: If Plett had read my FAQ, she would have found this snippet,
Can therapy “cure” my transgendered child?
Short answer: No.
Full Answer: There has never been ANY properly controlled study that shows that it is possible to make someone be non-transgendered, or to keep someone from becoming transgendered. There have been some therapists who have made claims regarding their successes of “curing” transgender children, but given that most gender atypical young children naturally “grow out of it” by the time they are ten, these therapists are wrongly claiming credit for what is a naturally occurring process. In a few cases, these therapists claimed “cures” which were later shown to have been merely the children telling the therapist what they wanted to hear.
Because attempts to “cure” transkids only causes distress, low self-esteem, and even leads to suicidal ideation, a few states have or are considering outlawing such “conversion” or “reparative” therapies.”
Addendum 8/7/2016: I don’t know if this is the same or a different author once again misrespresenting my positions, but the same tone is involved: http://freethoughtblogs.com/atg/2016/08/07/academic-transphobia-the-persistence-of-the-activists-vs-science-false-dichotomy/