Everything You Need to Know About Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria

Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria is the latest concoction thought up by pseudo scientists of the religious Reich.  A boogieman scare tactic aimed at parents who support their trans-kids right to medically transition prior to puberty or young enough to grow up as a member of the sex/gender they identify as being.

File with Climate Change Denial.

BTW As a pioneer I am very pleased to see brilliant folks like Julia Serano, picking up the torch and moving the struggle forward.  Being an elder means knowing when to let others take over.

From Medium:  https://medium.com/@juliaserano/everything-you-need-to-know-about-rapid-onset-gender-dysphoria-1940b8afdeba

Julia Serano
Aug 22, 2018

As a biologist, I’ve always been fascinated by Hollywood’s tendency to portray science laboratories as being filled with test tubes and flasks full of various colored liquids. I’ve worked in research laboratories for most of my adult life, and I’ve used all sorts of liquids and solutions in my experiments, but they were almost always clear. Seriously, most liquids and solutions are clear! So what’s up with all those gratuitous shots of beakers with boiling blue liquid in them? Well, most people don’t know much about science, so it seems exotic to them. And colored liquids also seem exotic, and therefore “science-ish” in many laypeople’s minds. Even though such depictions are not rooted in actual science.

“Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria” (ROGD) also seems science-ish on the surface. After all, it’s a four-word technical-sounding term — seriously, who but scientists would have come up with such an esoteric-sounding name?! And I can easily imagine how laypeople who may have come across this term in The Globe and Mail, National Post, or National Review (all of which have recently published ROGD op-eds) might mistake this for an authentic medical condition or diagnosis, even though it is not rooted in actual science.

So for those unfamiliar with this term and curious as to what it’s all about, I have put together this handy primer.

Who invented the term Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria?

Zinnia Jones from Gender Analysis has written two excellent articles chronicling the origins of the phrase “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria.” Basically, it originated in July 2016 on three blogs (4thwavenow.com, Transgendertrend.com, and YouthTransCriticalProfessionals.org) that have a history of promoting anti-transgender propaganda. The term was intended to explain some parents’ observations that 1) their children came out as transgender seemingly suddenly, often during puberty, and 2) their children also had trans-identified peers and interacted with trans-themed social media. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for reluctant parents to presume that their child has adopted a trans (or LGBTQ+ more generally) identity as a result of undue influence from other children and/or outside sources — hence the recurring accusations about transgender agendas, peer pressure, and trans identities supposedly being “trendy.” ROGD takes this presumption one step further: It asserts that any gender dysphoria these adolescents experience represents an entirely new phenomenon that is wholly distinct from the gender dysphoria that transgender people have historically experienced (e.g., as described in the DSM-5, the WPATH Standards of Care, and many decades of past research).

While ROGD is scientifically specious, the concept serves a very clear practical purpose. It provides reluctant parents with an excuse to disbelieve and disaffirm their child’s gender identity, under the presumption that it is merely a by-product of ROGD. It also provides a rationale for restricting their child’s interactions with transgender peers and access to trans-related information, as such things are the imagined cause of the condition.

In addition to these parental motivations, ROGD provides political cover for those who wish to rollback trans rights and healthcare. For instance, anti-trans groups can cite ROGD as a rationale for excluding trans kids and censoring trans-related media and resources (under the presumption that these things are causing ROGD in other children), and limiting or eliminating the ability to transition (under the presumption that some kids who seek this out are merely ROGD, and/or because ROGD is a brand new medical condition that will require years of further study). And if anyone objects to such measures, these ROGD proponents can conveniently claim that they are not anti-trans — after all, they acknowledge the existence of transgender people and gender dysphoria! (in some cases, at least) — it’s just that they are acting primarily out of concern for “ROGD kids.”

Continue reading at:  https://medium.com/@juliaserano/everything-you-need-to-know-about-rapid-onset-gender-dysphoria-1940b8afdeba

See Also:

A personal statement regarding the ROGD controversy and why you probably won’t be hearing from me for the next few days

One Response to “Everything You Need to Know About Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria”

  1. edith pilkington Says:

    Everything You Need to Know About Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria
    Julia Serano


    Lisa Littman is at Brown, here, in Providence. The Brown Daily Herald has written about this piece:
    Your colleague in molecular biology commented on the article:

    “Fausto-Sterling, however, worries that shutting down Littman’s research has its own consequences. She believes the University and PLoS ONE journal have been treating Littman unfairly.

    “The University claims to support free speech, Fausto-Sterling said. “I’m not convinced they’re doing it.”
    I wrote a response under a pseudonym I’ve used since I was writing into Arianna Davis’ Gender Indentity Group(I forget the exact name of her group which was dragged through the mud by certain so called trans and intesex activists. I resorted to using a pseudonym because I did not want to be associated with certain people on the site):

    Sheila Gilligan:
    “Not surprised to hear Fausto-Sterlings response. It follows a pattern — support for Kenneth Zucker’s reinstatement at the CAMH; support for Elinor Burkett’s highly toxic piece in the NYT; freely quoting J. Michael Bailey at her lectures on post natal neurological development. Bailey is the researcher who conducts his “studies” in bars on Halstead St. in Chicago.

    Quote from the New York Times letters to the editor on Elinor Burkett’s article:
    ‘ Ms. Burkett’s essay expresses what lots of people, myself included, have long noted in private but felt reluctant to say in public.’

    That’s exactly what I heard people saying about Trump.
    Sexing the Body was a work of genius but it has a sub-text involving Fausto-Sterling’s focus on “late onset CAH”. Fausto-Sterling is a “late onset” lesbian. Onset is a beach in Wareham. Fausto-Sterling has an extreme bias against organization/activation theories. The bias is ideological, not scientific. She is not an objective source.”
    There is a more important issue that is being overlooked, however. It has to do with recommendations for collection of “Sexual Orientation” and “Gender Identity” data promoted by Lambda Legal, The Fenway Institute, and the Williams Institute. From Lambda:

    “A. Recording Gender in Admitting/Registration Records. Current best practices call for collecting both the patient’s current gender identity as well as the patient’s sex assigned at birth. This “two-step” process is recommended because not every transgender person will identify as “transgender.” However, a patient whose current gender identity does not match the patient’s sex assigned at birth should be flagged as transgender in the admitting/registration record because this information can be important knowledge informing a provider to offer preventive screenings appropriate to that patient’s anatomy.”

    The Center for American Progress has teamed up with The Fenway Institute to promote recording post transsexual people as their “sex assigned at birth”. While Lambda gives lip service in their TRANSGENDER-AFFIRMING HOSPITAL POLICIES pdf titled, CREATING EQUAL ACCESS
    TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE FOR TRANSGENDER PATIENTS, it has been my experience that my medical providers, including my PCP, who is a prominent LGBTQ activist, locally, and has presented at the Philidelphia Trans Health Conference, has played fast and loose with my medical history involving my transsexual history, outing me to countless staff at all levels of the totem pole.

    I wish you would look into this public policy being promoted, almost exclusively based on the recommendations of Sari Reisner, psychiatric epidemiologist at the T H Chan School of Public Health at Harvard. Reisner follows Dean Spade’s recommendations in Spade’s Documenting Gender, which separates people by the presence of a cervix or a prostate. There is so much wrong with this. I can point to a few different studies on CAH people who karyotype as XX who have been found to have prostates, as well as female assigned people with CAIS, in which prostatic tissue has been found. Also the focus on the prostate approaches the ridiculous for post transsexual women. A study of over 700 patients by Louis Gooren and Abraham Morganthaler concluded there is little risk of prostate cancer in post transsexual women, just as there is hardly for anyone w/ testicular failure. I was examined by Morganthaler pre-surgery and finally diagnosed as unilaterally cryptorchid. Even Judith Butler acknowledges that Bodies Matter. I think this is a huge problem. People who promote this kind of public policy are concern trolling, if there has ever been such a thing. Currently, the only people not affected by the controversy involving psa screening seem to be women.
    I’m looking for someone to have a serious conversation to share my experiences with — edithpilkington@gmail.com.

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