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The Myth That Puberty Blockers Are a Pause Button Needs to Die
Don’t let these liars get away with it
Recently, the disgraced magazine Scientific American published an ideological screed titled “What Are Puberty Blockers, and How Do They Work?”
If you think you might learn something worthwhile from the stream of drivel that followed, you’d be mistaken.
The gist of the article, presented right in the strapline, is that puberty-blocking “medications” buy young people “time” to make important decisions. It’s just a “pause,” you see, there’s nothing permanent about it! Bullshit.
Allison Parshall and Scientific American are lying to their readers and laughing at those stupid enough to believe these ridiculous claims.
Puberty blockers are not a pause button. Rather, they are the first step toward a lifetime of medicalization. The article itself admits this reality while trying to hold up the narrative that all these drugs do is “buy time.”
Quoting Meredithe McNamara, an adolescent medicine physician at the Yale School of Medicine, Parshall writes:
“Puberty-blocking treatment is probably one of the most compassionate things that a parent can consent to for a transgender child.” It allows transgender children and their families the opportunity to weigh their options carefully, without the constant pressure of physical changes, she says.
Did you catch that? They can’t help but give away the game: “for a transgender child.” The children whose endocrine systems are disrupted by these medications are already assumed to be “transgender.”
Just as quickly as puberty blockers were introduced as a “pause” to buy time for decision-making, the entire pretense is dropped and we are introduced to the ideological construction of the transgender child.
What is left to think about then? What decisions need to be made if we already know that the child is trans? We all know what comes next for a truly trans child, which is what children who take puberty blockers are already assumed to be: cross-sex hormones and “gender-affirming” surgeries.
Regarding surgeries, the article makes this jaw-dropping claim: “Teens who had access to puberty blockers and hormone therapy require fewer gender-affirming surgeries as adults.”
I’m sorry—have we just memory-holed Jazz Jennings? You know, the young boy who was put on puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, ensuring his genitals would remain underdeveloped and causing doctors to try experimental procedures to complete his “transition”?
Jennings has required multiple surgeries, and the whole process, which began when he was 17, has been televised. Yet people still have the gall to claim this isn’t happening to minors.
Then there is the tragic case recently brought to light by Mia Ashton at The Post Millennial of an 18-year-old “healthy” young man who died as a result of “vaginal reconstruction.” Like Jennings, the patient had received puberty blockers at a young age, which meant that there wasn’t enough penile tissue for the typical procedure, and a section of his bowels was used instead.
These cases are not outliers in regard to the number and seriousness of surgeries required to complete the “gender journey” such boys are put on at a young age. This is what will have to happen for any boys who start with “harmless,” “reversible” puberty blockers that are just meant as a “pause” to buy time and help “trans kids” and families make important decisions.
The people, like Parshall, who push these horrible drugs, never follow the transition process through to its often-heartbreaking conclusions: Complications. Sterilization. Regret. Death.
Puberty blockers are step one in this process. They are not a pause button. They do not buy time. They create a patient. They lock a child into being a “trans kid.”
Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is lying to you.
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