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Target: Normalizing A Mental Disorder & Putting Customers At Risk

Shatoyia Bradley

As of today, over 740,000 Americans have signed a petition to boycott Target stores due to its transgender bathroom policy. A policy which allows employees and guests to use whichever restroom or fitting room corresponds with their “gender identity”.  “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong” is the justification given by Target for their transgender policy. Not only is Target sacrificing the safety restroomsof its customer base (60% of it’s shoppers are women with children)  for less than a tenth of a percentage of the population, but Target is also helping to normalize a mental disorder.

If we follow the nationwide acceptance of  “transgenderism” to it’s logical conclusion, we could safely assume that the number of those who identify as transgender will more than likely increase further promoting this mental disorder. What isn’t being talked about is the fact that until recently, 2012 to be exact, Gender Identity Disorder (individuals who believe they are the opposite sex) was considered a mental illness. The diagnosis was changed in order to allow transgender individuals to get reassignment surgeries.  Former John Hopkins chief of psychiatry, Dr. Paul R. McHugh, said last year in a commentary written for the Wall Street Journal,

The transgendered person’s disorder, said Dr. McHugh, is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight,” said McHugh.

This assumption, that one’s gender is only in the mind regardless of anatomical reality, has led some transgendered people to push for social acceptance and affirmation of their own subjective “personal truth,” said Dr. McHugh. As a result, some states – California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts – have passed laws barring psychiatrists, “even with parental permission, from striving to restore natural gender feelings to a transgender minor,” he said.

The deeper implications of this gender identity issue on America’s impressionable youth is a great cause for concern. If you can remember, the transgender restroom issue gained mainstream exposure after a Jefferson County Public School in Kentucky ruled that a male high school student who “identified” as a female could use the female restroom and locker room. The American College of Pediatricians addresses the danger of normalizing Gender Dysphoria in their publication, “Gender Ideology Harms Children”, not only from a gender identity perspective but the ACP also looked at the harm in normalizing chemical and surgical methods for dealing with what should be considered a mental illness.

As you read the ACP’s statements in the article below, consider the fact that at this point in time many within our society aren’t thinking of the implications of the issues you will see addressed. Truth, reality, and the safety of women and children are being sacrificed on the alter of inclusivity. This issue is much deeper than transgendered individuals using the restroom or fitting room of their preference.

There are countless stories of women and children being groped, victims of voyeurism, or raped in public restrooms. You would have to be naive to not see the danger of this policy being abused by pedophiles, rapists, and perverted individuals. Boycotting Target may not result in Target changing its transgender policy but it will send a message to other corporations that Americans will neither accept nor affirm that will goes against truth and reality.

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Gender Ideology Harms Children

Originally posted March 21, 2016 – a temporary statement with references. A full statement will be published in summer 2016. Updated with Clarifications on April 6, 2016. 

The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.

1. Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species. This principle is self-evident. The exceedingly rare disorders of sex development (DSDs), including but not limited to testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design. Individuals with DSDs do not constitute a third sex.1

2. No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one. No one is born with an awareness of themselves as male or female; this awareness develops over time and, like all developmental processes, may be derailed by a child’s subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy forward. People who identify as “feeling like the opposite sex” or “somewhere in between” do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women.2,3,4

3. A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V).5 The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved.2,4,5

4. Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous. Reversible or not, puberty- blocking hormones induce a state of disease – the absence of puberty – and inhibit growth and fertility in a previously biologically healthy child.6

5. According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.5

6. Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.7,8,9,10

7. Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBQT – affirming countries.11 What compassionate and reasonable person would condemn young children to this fate knowing that after puberty as many as 88% of girls and 98% of boys will eventually accept reality and achieve a state of mental and physical health?

8. Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to “gender clinics” where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures that they will “choose” a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.

Michelle A. Cretella, M.D.
President of the American College of Pediatricians

Quentin Van Meter, M.D.
Vice President of the American College of Pediatricians
Pediatric Endocrinologist

Paul McHugh, M.D.
University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital

 

 

 

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