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   It is wise to seek council from many voices especially on the topic of children experiencing gender dysphoria.  The professionals here seem quite biased toward a medical solution to for this family’s child.  They seem unaware of what is going on in the UK and the unwarranted medication of children:

Keira Bell, one of the claimants in the case, started taking puberty blockers at the age of 16 after being referred to the Tavistock and Portman Trust, which runs the UK’s only Gender Identity Development Service (Gids).”

The following account documents the experience of a family who attended a one-hour appointment at SickKids Gender Clinic in Toronto where they were told their daughter was a good candidate for the puberty blocker Lupron and would be able to start receiving the injections at the next appointment.

Yet here in Canada we seem to be all gung ho for medical intervention, as opposed to the more conventional and safer watchful waiting approach.

Sick Kids Gender Clinic Review

Several years ago, our 14 year old daughter advised us that she was transgender and wanted to be a boy.  Over the next several months – although often requested – she did little to elaborate on her feelings or any other information on how or why she felt this way.  Our family doctor counselled her a few times and she saw one psychologist once and a psychotherapist approximately three times before we sought out a referral to the gender clinic at Sick Kids hospital in Toronto.

Approximately one year after our daughter had suddenly begun to identify as a boy, we attended Sick Kids Hospital. We filled out a survey as did our daughter asking questions about our daughter’s childhood. We had an interview session with a physician and a male student observer as a family for about 30 minutes. The context that we gave to the counsellors during our portion of the session was that we felt that at least one of our daughter’s peers had greatly influenced this transgender epiphany.  Further, she had recently been seeing a psychotherapist that was coaching her on what to say to Sick Kids to get hormone treatment right away.  Our daughter had disclosed this to us after the third visit with this therapist.  Lastly, her gender dysphoria had come about suddenly with the onset of puberty at age 14 with no previous indication of gender identity issues.  Our daughter denied all of this during this interview. 

We were asked to leave and our daughter then spoke with them without us for another 15 minutes. After that, we were invited back into the room and advised that they could not disclose what was discussed citing confidentiality but that our daughter did in fact have gender dysphoria.  Further, they considered her to be a good candidate for Lupron but they could not give her a prescription until we had blood work done and the mandatory 3 month waiting period was complete. They handed us a lab requisition form for the blood work further stating that on our next visit they could administer the hormone blockers if the blood work was done.  

We asked to speak to the counsellors in the absence of our child so we could express more detail about our concerns without upsetting, alienating or damaging our relationship with our daughter. They refused, stating that the confidentiality was with her, not with us and whatever we said to them without our daughter present they would just tell her anyway so we might as well say it in front of her.  We questioned the safety and hastiness of the drug administration.  We were advised “the sooner the better” and that Lupron simply puts puberty on hold and is fully reversible, which we knew is not entirely true. They commended us on our knowledge of the hormone blocker Lupron but totally ignored our concerns and minimized the risks

We left the hospital shocked at the outcome. Not feeling that a one-hour long interview with a child and ignoring all parental input and concerns was sufficient to start on a course of hormones.  We never returned to Sick Kids hospital. 

Our daughter is now 17 and continues to identify as transgender, but has not expressed any desire to take any sort of medical intervention since our visit to Sick Kids. She continues to function well emotionally, socially and academically.  She has close friends with which she socializes outside of school, works part-time and is on the honour role. 

The recent surge of gender activism has not given Canadian society enough time to properly examine many issues surrounding the transing of children, or even the efficacy of taking cross sex hormones and the medical commitments and downfalls that come part in parcel with trying to change your sex.

What a delightful backfire this is.  The entire kerfuffle was, most likely, staged by trans activists to be a propaganda piece (a confederate had the camera rolling throughout the confrontation) against a shop owner with this sign.   Here is the sign in question.

“Just out Dr.Seuss’s New Book – If you are born with a Dick you are not a Chick.” Period.

Then this happened, ostensibly filmed to ‘go viral’ in support of the trans community and their gender-woo-woo ideas like men that say they are women are somehow actually women.  Fortunately, attempting to bully a elderly Vietnam war vet in his own store, went terribly wrong for the gender-woo crowd as Don Sucher was having none of the gender-woo bullshit the local *city Councillor* (Tiesa Meskis) was spewing.

“You know what, nobody confronts your ass, that’s the problem“.

“Just, don’t live it around me!”

Notice the titles of the videos – Transphobic Star Wars Store Aberdeen Business Owner.  They reeeeeeaaaaly wanted this to go their way, let’s take a look a the comments, archived of course because they are almost all in support of Don and his absolute refusal to dismiss the physical reality we all share.

It’s not going the gender-woo way.  Not even close, and thank the goddess for that.  Gender ideology is an anti-female, anti-reality vehicle that is erasing actual women and their rights in society.  It must be stopped.  Here is a link to the news article that has edited snippets of the videos posted above as I suspect their public life on youtube may be short.

 

Stay tuned folks, the gender-woo crowd has a demonstration scheduled for Saturday.  Protesters and counter-protesters have both vowed to attend.  Given the male propensity for violence, I hope local law enforcement is on notice and will keep the peace and protect the rights and safety of Mr.Sucher.

   “And his analysis of “meritocracy” reveals the crude and misleading assumptions about creativity and intelligence upon which it rests.  Instead of the comforting rationale that merit breeds success and that the successful have merit, Chomsky suggests, a more rational approach would be to speculate that in our society “wealth and power tend to accrue to those who are ruthless, cunning, avaricious, self-seeking, lacking in sympathy and compassion, subservient to authority ans willing to abandon principle for material gain, and so on.” 

-James Peck – From the Introduction of the Chomsky Reader p.10

 

The quote may be suggesting a sort of ‘what they teach you in school’ versus what actually is type of situation.  There is no doubt for me that creativity and intelligence are rewarded in our society, but rather the extent to which they are actually lauded in society is the issue being raised.

 

I mean, the short answer is that identity politics are useless.  But the long detailed answer is good too.

Identity politics serves to corrupt the notions of morality, common sense, and what it means to live in a society under the rule of law.  This is a brief examination of a twitter thread I stumbled across about the recent cases of Catholic Churches being burnt down as misguided retaliation for the residential school system that was in place in Canada.

” SASKATOON — A former Polish Roman Catholic church in rural Saskatchewan was destroyed by fire Thursday.

The church was located near Redberry Lake, which is about 80 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.

Lynn Swystun, who lives about a mile and a half west of the church, says she noticed smoke from her yard around 12:15 p.m. then drove to the area and discovered the church engulfed in flames.”

(read the full story here)

Now here is where it gets interesting, this is a response to the story.

 

Wait, what?  Where exactly is the conflation happening?  Damage to places of worship, in my books, is damage to places of worship.  But apparently, in Nora’s world, your identity is also somehow a factor that should be used to categorize the level of violence, determining whether the violence is ‘valid’ or not.

If you’ve been with us here DWR you know that I’m not exactly the biggest supporter of organized religion and all the tomfoolery it is responsible for.  But, even being the anti-religious soul that I am, I wouldn’t attempt to order and rank attacks on places of worship into ‘worthy’ and ‘less worthy’ categories.

What kind of internal moral compass is Nora going by here?

The hell?  It isn’t a hate crime to burn down a place of worship because of a political/ideological motivation?  And, yes the actions of the Catholic Church are indeed pretty horrible, but burning down a church is not how we express our displeasure in a nominally civilized society that values the rule of law.

Just in case if you missed it.  This is the moral wasteland that much of identity politics leads to.  The level of oppression Catholics face in our society is irrelevant the crime that has been committed.  Burning down a church is arson.  Arson is against the law, for good reason, in our society.  There is no “good” or “valid” arson permissible if one wants to live in a reasonable law abiding society.

Do you see it there?  The bullshit notion that there are differing levels of ‘arsonability’ based on your identity in society (of course it comes from a pronouns bio *smh*).  Err no.   There is no fucking way this paradigm can work if we want society as we know it to work.  Past oppression does not mean a free pass when you break the law.

Is protest a part of a democratic society, absolutely.  It is our civic duty to keep our political class in check and in tune with needs of the people.  Arson, however, is not one of those methods that should not be considered acceptable in society as a path to change.

 

 

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