The “world-leading genital reconstructive surgeon” is getting more and more requests to reverse sex change procedures.
So, any normal (!) person who reads the above headline and caption would logically conclude precisely what the author of this article, Michael Liccione, PhD, suggests:
“I have a theory. When trans people change their minds and want to detransition, that isn’t because they think they have ceased to be members of the sex they had transitioned to, and now believe they have returned to being members of the sex they had transitioned from.
“Rather, they have come to believe that they always have been members of their ‘natal sex,’ but came to mistakenly believe otherwise. In other words, they have come to believe they were suffering from ‘gender dysphoria,’ regret what they did in response to that disorder, and now want to return to a state as close to normalcy as they can achieve.”
This is probably not, to most of us, particularly radical or shocking (except for the sadness that such individuals actually underwent sex-change operations in the first place): most of us realize that most people, at some point or other (often in their preteen or teen years, but sometimes later), find themselves wondering what it would be like to be the opposite sex; and some even feel frustrations of various types at being the sex they actually are, physiologically and genetically.
For most, this never goes beyond fleeting thoughts. Gender dysphoria, of course, is when people take this questioning beyond occasional musings, and become obsessed with the idea; and transgender is when they act on that obsession, in ways ranging from cross-dressing, to hormone shots, to actual “transitioning” (sex-change) surgery.
But what if, sometime after the initial transition, you realize that you were wrong – that switching one’s outward appearance (and to some degree, functioning) did not solve one’s issues… or even, now, feels “wrong”? Again, for many of us, that would not be a surprising development: you are what you are, physiologically and genetically, and only very rarely (something like one-half of one percent of the population) is that gender-ambiguous.
But for those who are ideologically (socially, politically, and emotionally) committed to the idea of transgenderism, the idea that one could be wrong about something like that, and want to transition back – to “restore default settings,” in computer lingo – is a hugely threatening concept:
“That is deeply troubling to transgender ideologists. It suggests that, in at least some cases, gender dysphoria consists not in being a member of one sex ‘trapped in the body’ of the opposite sex, but rather consists in the belief that one is a member of one sex trapped in the body of the other sex.
“To legitimize detransitioning, for the reasons given by detransitioners, would thus be to allow evidence that gender dysphoria could be what most people used to think it is [e.g., a psycho-emotional disorder, that can be treated with appropriate therapy]. That could undermine the entire basis of the transgender movement… which, of course, cannot be allowed to happen.”
Personally, I am of the opinion that reality is what it is; that nature is nature; that God doesn’t make “mistakes,” and that the whole concept of “transgenderism” is one of those odd anomalies – a type of mass hysteria, like the medieval flagellants, or the witch hunts of the 15th-17th centuries, or the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s – that happen from time to time in society.
I actually think that this view – understanding and addressing gender dysphoria as a treatable condition – is more compassionate to those who are suffering from it, as well as fairer to the very small minority who actually are born intersexed, than what I continue to think of as the hardcore LARP-ing of the transgender movement. Enabling someone’s disorder is not, ultimately, helpful to them. But of course the ideologues, whose identity and claims to credibility are wrapped up with this “movement,” are not likely to agree.
That is unfortunate, because clearly people are condemning themselves to unnecessary, inappropriate, and eventually unwanted surgeries to make themselves something they are not. And this gender confusion is also linked – whether its proponents want to admit it or not – with the normalization of sexual deviancy and degeneration which is part of the overall Leftist / cultural Marxist assault on Western culture and civilization (and which is another, and even more sinister, form of mass hysteria, in my view).
But like the rise of national populism, the outbreak of traditionalism in many younger Millennials and members of Generation “Z,” and even the increase in religious traditionalism among many Millennials and other young people, I wonder if the uptick in the number of “trans” people seeking to “detransition” might be a sign that the worm is beginning to turn, that the pendulum is starting to swing back from some of the absurdities of the era which began in the later 1960s, and has continued until today.
One can, at least, hope!