My OpEd in the Wall Street Journal
I'm very happy to see that you got this piece into the MSM. Of course your conclusion is too weak (but likely the strongest you could get in): we are dealing with nothing less than a crime against humanity.
I note for the record that I am a 67-yr-old lifelong registered Democrat and liberal activist, and I am utterly appalled that my tribe, the blue tribe, fully supports this tragic ongoing sterilization and mutilation of children. I believe that it originates in deep-seated misogyny ("girls are just not as good as boys, and boys are better girls than girls could ever be") and homophobia ("trans away the gay"). LGB people, in particular, need to wake up and help fight this: they are the primary victims, as a large fraction of gender confused kids will grow up to be gay if they are spared from the trangenderist knife.
Your being published in the WSJ gives me hope that the transitioning of children will help destroy the movement. This is such good news.
Medical establishment sanctioning Covid mRNA vaccines on the childhood immunization schedule is proof enough that profit dominates our health motives, not the protection of children. It's also the only way Pfizer and Moderna knew they couldn't be held libel for injuries once emergency authorization was lifted.
Good for you Gerald. Can't wait to see the longer piece.
Want to commend you on your OP/Ed pieces and your work posted on Substack. I can tell you I have tried many times to get OP/ed pieces published in the NY Times, LA Times, Chicago and smaller
market papers. Articles about the non-functioning compensation programs for those who have been injured by the COVID-19 vaccines. People who thought they were doing the right thing and getting vaccinated. Now, they are abandoned by our own gov't. I wonder why. Maybe the topic is too controversial for the captured papers. So big time congratulations to you for speaking out on such a charged topic. Always a fan.
Agree Gerald, this is playing with fire with little regard to the long term health risks of children.
Bravo! Find it hard to believe this was published in MSM in 2023
What Gerald Posner describes is exactly what is happening at UCSF in San Francisco. It's alarming, and those wanting to push back are not just Republicans. I appreciate him getting the word out - and more need to push back, especially in blue states and among Democrat friends and family.
borders on child abuse? i think you mean is.
Very glad you've written this, and that it got into the mainstream.
I do wish writers would stop doing a couple of the tip-toes that are common, and that you do, too. I realize it sounds like a nitpick, but I don't think it is. I think it's substantive.
1. "Gender affirming care." Why do writers continue to use this conscious euphemism? It does real damage by normalizing what is in obvious fact chemical and surgical and psychological abuse.
Why do you repeat it with no caveat?
2. "Borders on child abuse."
This is so intensely frustrating. What do you mean, "borders"?
Do you really mean that, Mr. Posner, or do you, as I suspect, actually know that it is child abuse? And if you do--because my God, how could it be anything but--*why* are you diffident? Are you saying "borders on" because you actually believe it's not abuse, or are you saying it because you're afraid of what respectable MSM people will think of you if you just told the plain truth?
It's not even considered best practice to neuter DOGS before they're physically mature because of the detrimental impact on their muscle and bone development. Yet we're allowing these experiments on children!?
does anyone know if trans is a thing in 3rd world countries? this seems like a 1st world country problem since people dont have the actual hardships in life for the bare necessities as they do in 3rd world countries
Here's the problem with this argument: all of these state laws (like Iowa) that ban gender-affirming care for minors allow these exact medications to be prescribed for kids who are not transgender. If you have a sincere concern about the long-term consequences of puberty blockers, why not ban them for everyone?
These policies are just a way to punch down on an extremely marginalized group of kids who are already at high risk for depression and suicide. Having closely followed the Iowa legislative debate on this issue, I do not believe that the Republicans targeting trans kids are sincerely concerned about their health at all.
I for one can assure you that any kid who has insurance, can call Planned Parenthood of Iowa, and get cross sex hormones prescribed to them in a five minute phone call. I have proven this true on four different occasions. And simply because some people don't want children being given life altering drugs at an early age, is not punching down on trans kids. Any more than prohibiting underage drinking and drug use does cis kids.
Second, please ask yourself what all puberty blockers actually do to the human body. They don't just stop secondary sex characteristics, they slow down the growth of the pre frontal cortex lobe. They reduce the body's natural hormones that it needs during puberty, for growth of all the organs, the bones, the brain. It reduces the body's ability to fight off viruses. It also screws up the person's metabolism. Look no further than Jazz Jennings, and read about the multiple health problems and problems with weight control that he/she is now struggling with as a young adult.
Third and lastly, ask yourself why gender dysphoria is the only known medical condition whereby some doctors do not try to take the person back to their natural and original state of health. Why is that. And I will gladly tell you, because early on the treatment of gender confused medical treatments, you had quack doctors who had personal and professional agendas to promote by using trans gender patients as their personal guinea pigs. They used us as medical lab rats to show the world how normal deviant behavior and lifestyles could be. "You see? Just a snip snip and this homosexual will fit into society without issue"
And doctors are still doing this. Rather than trying to help return the gender confused person to their original state of health.
The Mayo Clinic has specific guidelines on when puberty blockers should be used. And, I'm with Mark S. on the idea that at least some fathers may prefer a transsexual boy --> girl rather than a gay son. Let's also remember that sex is not gender and use proper language. https://socraticgadfly.blogspot.com/2020/07/green-party-cracking-up-over.html
That said, let's also also remember that both transsexual and transgender people have legal and civil rights. None of the issues in the first paragraph should ever be used by anybody as a justification for hate.