I always click on these stories to see if it's just a bad headline but ... nope!
"It would have been appropriate to murder the 13-year-olds involved in these totally different instances."
Common trope of these reactionary right-wing garbage articles: Linking factual statements as if one contradicts the other.

What is he actually saying here? You can't be a "happy boy" if you've also been reported missing at some point?
Didn't think editors were sending out DMs asking people to turn this take into op-eds but here we are.

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9 Apr
It's important to note that "reasonable concerns" on this issue are based on the premise that large numbers of teenagers are receiving puberty blockers and gender confirmation surgery without proper assessment. There's no evidence that's true.
It's a hard issue to talk about because a lot of the rhetoric sounds reasonable! "I have nothing against trans people, I just think everyone should receive proper assessment before they transition" — who could disagree with that?
The problem is that constantly invoking "proper assessment" implies that we have a problem in this country with people (especially children) transitioning without it. We don't.
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9 Apr
honestly kind of amazed it took Persuasion this long to publish transphobic talking points
No one denies the existence of detransitioners. However, the "just asking questions" crowd is trying to put them at the center of the debate over trans rights. "Some kids think they're trans but it turns out they're not!" Articles like this are key to entrenching that narrative.
When we say there's a direct line from polite centrist concern-trolling to the odious anti-trans laws sweeping the country, this is what we mean. How could a law banning puberty blockers for children *not* be the obvious recommendation to come from a paragraph like this? Image
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7 Apr
Interesting choice not to interview anyone else involved with this incident.
Here's the audio. The dude in question speaks at 28:35. This seems like a completely reasonable concern.
We keep getting this insane inversion where conservative students *file lawsuits* after facing mild pushback for their views and the media ends up telling them as stories of liberal oversensitivity.
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7 Apr
Except Jesse didn't say there was "a link" between trauma and gender dysphoria. He specifically said that trauma "contributes to or exacerbates" dysphoria.

The article he posted (and underlined!) explicitly says the causation could run the other way.
He also acknowledges that his evidence for this claim is anecdotal.
I'm not going to pretend to be against this as a general principle. I've cited "anecdotal evidence" in my work too. But you can't claim your critics are slandering you when they point this out.
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7 Apr
When I was in Salt Lake City for a story a few years ago I went to an LGBT youth services org. They had a makeup table and lights set up so trans teens could practice putting on makeup without their parents finding out. This law would make that illegal I guess.
Absolutely infuriating that we still have conservatives acting like transphobes are under attack from "cancel culture" when there's a nationwide wave of these laws.
Worth noting that this law is explicitly designed to prevent "social contagion," an absolutely dogshit theory that has been platformed in mainstream publications for years. I hope everyone who published those articles is doing some soul-searching today.
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7 Apr
Pure moral panic bullshit. "Won't someone think of the bone density?!"
Anita Bryant shit. For decades they said gay people's elevated rates of suicide and depression were intrinsic to gayness rather than *a function of societal discrimination*.
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