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?
Pure moral panic stuff. It is wildly more dangerous to be trans than it is to be transphobic.
Unbelievably irresponsible to publish this without proper context.
Persuasion has been around for nearly a year. This is, as far as I can tell, the first thing they've ever published on trans rights. Nothing about the legal threats, no mention of the challenges trans people actually face. Just a first-person essay full of TERF talking points.
When the Harper's letter came out last year, trans people noted that it felt like a personal attack because the "let's debate provocative ideas" crowd always ended up platforming transphobia. The signatories called them hysterical and yet here we are.

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10 Apr
This is an excellent overview/debunker of the claims being made in the trans debate right now.



One of my frustrations with the discourse around this issue is that it tends to get into the weeds really quickly. Chromosomes, diagnostic criteria, dueling studies and methodologies and statistics.
This is understandable! Most transphobic arguments rely on bad data, irrelevant biology and lofty philosophical nonsense. It's important to rebut those claims and this podcast does a really good job.
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9 Apr
Was anyone ever claiming the opposite? Defund the Police activists were saying the idea was good, not that it was popular.
It's such a weird burn because a policy being unpopular is kind of baked into the idea of activism itself. When Stonewall happened gay rights were *extremely* unpopular. Activists ignored public opinion and made the push anyway.
I agree that there's lots of places where Defund messaging won't work in campaigns. Activism and politics have a complicated relationship with each other. But unpopularity isn't a reason activists should shut up about something, it's a reason they shouldn't.
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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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8 Apr
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?
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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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