American Psychological Association links ‘masculinity ideology’ to homophobia, misogyny

From NBC News:

For the first time in its 127-year history, the APA has issued guidelines to help psychologists specifically address the issues of men and boys.

By Tim Fitzsimons
Jan. 8, 2019

For the first time in its 127-year history, the American Psychological Association has issued guidelines to help psychologists specifically address the issues of men and boys — and the 36-page document features a warning.

“Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict and negatively influence mental health and physical health,” the report warns.

The new “Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men” defines “masculinity ideology” as “a particular constellation of standards that have held sway over large segments of the population, including: anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence.” The report also links this ideology to homophobia, bullying and sexual harassment.

The new guidelines, highlighted in this month’s issue of Monitor on Psychology, which is published by the APA, linked this ideology to a series of stark statistics: Men commit approximately 90 percent of all homicides in the U.S., they are far more likely than women to be arrested and charged with intimate partner violence in the U.S., and they are four times more likely than women to die of suicide worldwide.

Jared Skillings, a psychologist and the APA’s chief of professional practice, told NBC News these new guidelines are intended to educate mental health professionals about the unique issues facing this patient population. The APA published a similar report about girls and women in 2007 and is expected to publish an updated version this year.

“Masculinity ideology,” Skillings said, was important to highlight because it “represents a set of characteristics that are unhealthy for men — men who are sexist or violent or don’t take care of themselves.”

The report addresses the “power” and “privilege” that males have when compared to their female counterparts, but it notes that this privilege can be a psychological double-edged sword.

“Men who benefit from their social power are also confined by system-level policies and practices as well as individual-level psychological resources necessary to maintain male privilege,” the guidelines state. “Thus, male privilege often comes with a cost in the form of adherence to sexist ideologies designed to maintain male power that also restrict men’s ability to function adaptively.”

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It’s Time to Walk Away From the Women’s March

From Hadassah Magazine:

January 2019

Politics makes strange bedfellows, forcing us to ally ourselves with people whose views on other matters we do not share. How should we determine with whom to join hands and whom to reject? Some people have proposed a quantitative scale: If we agree on 75 percent of issues, then we can work together. I think our barometer must also be qualitative. Some differences are so beyond the pale that, even if I agree with most of your objectives, there is no room for compromise. I cannot join you. Such is the case with the current leadership of the national Women’s March.

Many Jewish women enthusiastically participated in the January 2017 marches, the largest of which happened in Washington, D.C., but also occurred in cities across the United States and the world. They came in droves with their pussy hats, baby strollers, walkers, mates, children, grandchildren and witty signs. But things have soured since then, not with the march’s objectives, but with its leadership.

In the months following the march, it became clear that one of its main organizers, Linda Sarsour, was a virulent opponent of Zionism, having tweeted back in 2012: “Nothing is creepier than Zionism.” Embracing the canard that Zionism is racism, she laid down a challenge to women who “call themselves Zionists” and want to participate in racial justice events. They must choose, she argued in more tweets: “We will not change who we are to make anybody feel comfortable. If you ain’t all in, then this ain’t the movement for you.” In other words, it’s either progressivism or Zionism.

Sarsour and some of her colleagues’ allegiance to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is most disturbing. Sarsour and Tamika D. Mallory, one of the co-leaders of the Women’s March, kept silent when Farrakhan described “the powerful Jews” as “my enemy,” and “the mother and father of apartheid.” When Mallory was criticized for her failure to condemn Farrakhan’s statements, she tweeted: “If your leader does not have the same enemies as Jesus, they may not be THE leader! Study the Bible and u will find the similarities.” This reference to Jesus’ enemies (“the Jews”) had unmistakable antisemitic overtones.

In recent months, Farrakhan again has engaged in hateful rhetoric, declaring in a sermon that “Satanic Jews” have “infected the whole world with poison and deceit.” Denying he’s an antisemite, he said at another speech that he is “anti-termite.”

In the wake of these controversies, Women’s March leaders have belatedly issued statements insisting, “We will not tolerate anti-Semitism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia and we condemn these expressions of hatred in all forms.” While they have disassociated themselves from antisemitism in general, they did not explicitly condemn Farrakhan’s statements.

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Flag flown over state Capitol on Tuesday honored transgender Texans, Denton mom says

From The Dallas Morning News:

Lauren McGaughy, Texas Government Reporter
January 9, 2019

AUSTIN — The Texas flag flown over the state Capitol on Tuesday recognized the transgender men, women and children who live in the Lone Star State.

Amber Briggle, whose 10-year-old son, Max, is a transgender boy, said she won the flag in a silent auction at the League of Women Voters State Convention earlier this year. She requested the flag fly in honor of all transgender Texans either on Max’s birthday or on Tuesday, the first day of the 2019 legislative session.

Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, honored her request to fly the flag. Briggle, who lives in Denton and serves as the co-chairwoman of the Human Rights Campaign’s Parents for Transgender Equality National Council, said the flag-raising was meant to raise the visibility of trans people across Texas.

“Transgender people are valuable members of our communities, and loved by countless people around them. Flying this flag today in honor of them is just one way of recognizing this fact,” Briggle told The Dallas Morning News late Tuesday. “Discrimination is not a Texas value, and voters recognize that. Flying the flag today was a powerful reminder of this. And an amazing way to begin this new legislative session.”

Howard, in a text to The News, said it was common for Texans to ask state lawmakers to raise a flag in honor or recognition of special occasions, people and causes.

“My policy is to assist these requests so long as they are not discriminatory,” Howard said. “I was honored to help Amber do so in recognition of the inclusion of trans Texans and the fact that our representative government truly represents all Texans.”

Two years ago, Briggle’s family and thousands of other advocates for transgender rights flocked to the Texas Capitol in Austin to advocate against the bathroom bill, which would have restricted what restrooms and changing rooms transgender people could use. That bill failedthanks largely to opposition from Fortune 500 companies and other business interests.

This year, few expect the bathroom bill to be a priority once again. But LGBT activists say opposing this legislation, and anything else that may chip away at their rights, will remain a top priority. Briggle hopes her family can put the bathroom bill behind them.

“Let’s hope it’s a good sign for the rest of this year. I’m still tired from fighting in 2017,” she said.

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Coming Out as Trans Isn’t a Teenage Fad

From The New York Times:

Conservatives are inventing a “syndrome” to undermine young people’s transitions.

By Jennifer Finney Boylan
Jan. 8, 2019

At the end of the long weekend when my daughter came out as transgender, she headed back to her car with her girlfriend. I watched them from my apartment window as they packed up. My child looked up, and waved.

Then she drove off.

I closed the window. Tears rushed to my eyes. She’s saying goodbye, I thought. I’ll never see her again.

This, of course, turned out to be malarkey.

In the months to come I’d see her lots of times, and each time she seemed happier, and more herself.

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You’d think that as a transgender person myself, I’d have rolled right along with my daughter’s unveiling. You’d think that I’d have been able to show her even half the grace that my 80-year-old, Republican, evangelical mother had shown me, almost 20 years before.

In spite of everything I know about being trans, I still had lots of my own dreams tangled up in my daughter’s — formerly son’s — life. I loved that child exactly as they had been. The idea that this person was now going to be different made me think, at first, that something precious to me was being taken away.

If it was a struggle for me, I can only imagine how hard it is for other parents.

Unfortunately, what many other parents are receiving right now is not encouragement to find wisdom and understanding. What they are getting instead is a bogus new diagnosis — Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria. The inventors of this spurious term claim that R.O.G.D. is not a real trans identity but the product of social pressure.

Abigail Shrier, writing in The Wall Street Journal, describes it as “social contagion.” She says that young people — many of them college-aged, and most of them born female-bodied — are embarking upon transition, with its surgeries and hormones and other accompanying challenges, in the same way a person might take up the ukulele.

Even the headline on that essay is an insult: “When Your Daughter Defies Biology.” An abundance of scientific research makes clear that gender variance is a fundamental truth of human biology, not some wacky dance craze.

Transgender people have not come up with the entirety of our existence solely to hurt Tucker Carlson’s feelings. We do not embark upon transition because it’s groovy. We are here because our hearts demand it.

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