The social contagion of transgenderism is harming the most vulnerable children

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The social contagion of transgenderism is harming the most vulnerable children

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The social contagion of transgenderism is now disproportionately affecting young women and girls, who we already knew were the most vulnerable to social media-fueled body dysmorphia.

According to a study in the International Journal of Transgender Health, female adolescents are beginning gender transitions 2.5-7.1 times more frequently than male adolescents. Gender transition clinics in the U.S. have told Reuters that around two-thirds of their patients are female and that Europe, Canada, and Australia have seen similar trends.

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Gender dysmorphia used to be more common in men, but with the rise in the promotion of transgenderism and gender transitions on social media, unsurprisingly young women and girls have fallen down the rabbit hole. We have already seen the harm caused to them in the form of eating disorders and other body image issues developed through social media apps such as Instagram. Is it any surprise that pushing double mastectomies as a way to solve their unhappiness would have such a result?

When you combine this with reporting from the New York Times on how children and young adults now believe mental health diagnoses from TikTok over therapists, we can see that social media is driving more young people to believe that they should pursue gender transitions. A study from the Williams Institute found that one-in-five people who identify as transgender is between the ages of 13-17.

We also know that, as social media pushes children and young adults toward transgenderism, it is pushing them down an irreversible path while promising that everything will be great and that “affirmation” always works. The New York Times is only now raising concerns that puberty blockers may not be as consequence-free as transgender activists have declared them to be, warning that “there is emerging evidence of potential harm from using blockers” because they “affect the bones, the brain, and other parts of the body.”

Who could have guessed?

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As it turns out, pumping children full of chemicals to stop them from undergoing puberty isn’t safe and reversible. Double mastectomies and other euphemistically-named “gender affirmation” surgeries are certainly not reversible. Even progressive Europe has pumped the brakes on gender transitions for children, and yet in the U.S., we are told by activists, establishment media, and the president that we must forge ahead, regardless of the consequences for the children who will grow to regret it.

This social contagion is spreading among vulnerable children and young adults through social media, and our liberal culture makers are promoting it with cheer and demanding anyone who objects be silenced. This is not compassion, and this will not help children suffering from gender dysphoria. It will only cause them more harm as they age and realize what was done to them, and that society did not protect them from permanently altering their lives for the worse.

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