Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme


The idea that one’s sex is a feeling, not a fact, has permeated our culture and is leaving casualties in its wake. Gender dysphoria should be treated with psychotherapy, not surgery.

For forty years as the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School—twenty-six of which were also spent as Psychiatrist in Chief of Johns Hopkins Hospital—I’ve been studying people who claim to be transgender. Over that time, I’ve watched the phenomenon change and expand in remarkable ways.

A rare issue of a few men—both homosexual and heterosexual men, including some who sought sex-change surgery because they were erotically aroused by the thought or image of themselves as women—has spread to include women as well as men. Even young boys and girls have begun to present themselves as of the opposite sex. Over the last ten or fifteen years, this phenomenon has increased in prevalence, seemingly exponentially. Now, almost everyone has heard of or met such a person.

Publicity, especially from early examples such as “Christine” Jorgenson, “Jan” Morris, and “Renee” Richards, has promoted the idea that one’s biological sex is a choice, leading to widespread cultural acceptance of the concept. And, that idea, quickly accepted in the 1980s, has since run through the American public like a revelation or “meme” affecting much of our thought about sex.

The champions of this meme, encouraged by their alliance with the broader LGBT movement, claim that whether you are a man or a woman, a boy or a girl, is more of a disposition or feeling about yourself than a fact of nature. And, much like any other feeling, it can change at any time, and for all sorts of reasons. Therefore, no one could predict who would swap this fact of their makeup, nor could one justifiably criticize such a decision.

At Johns Hopkins, after pioneering sex-change surgery, we demonstrated that the practice brought no important benefits. As a result, we stopped offering that form of treatment in the 1970s. Our efforts, though, had little influence on the emergence of this new idea about sex, or upon the expansion of the number of “transgendered” among young and old.




The sensitivity patrol never sleeps!!!


Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise on this matter.

I had just read today that Etsy is now offering a menu of 60 gender identity options to choose from. :shrug:


A blog post from Slate suggests that determining the sex, oops, I mean gender, of a baby is a “treatment” performed by medical professionals called “infant gender assignment,” announcing the “opinion” of the med. prof. regarding the gender of the newborn. Shockingly, this “opinion” is based solely on an examination of the newborn’s physical characteristics!

Elsewhere (Huff Post), we are told that major surgery should be called “gender confirmation surgery” because “such surgery helps confirm the way a person feels he or she was meant to be.”


This gives new meaning to the phrase “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” :ehh:


@SMOM: Thank you for speaking out.

@Roseofshannon: …:bigyikes: I have no words.


Thanks for this article; it is good to see something about this come from a respected source and individual. Gender theory is one of the greatest dangers facing western society today. Even though there are only a small percentage of individuals that undergo these mutilating operations, it is the idea itself that is dangerous because it will be force fed to the children of our society and lead them astray. This issue must be spoken out against forcefully and repetitively by church leadership and those who remain loyal to the church.


Hmm, very interesting. My own take on this is a little different…

But the two explanations aren’t mutually exclusive. Either way, surgery and gender theory are not the solution at all! :frowning:


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