Sunday, October 7, 2018

Katy Faust's "Transgender Treatment Plan"

“…trans youth who make the social transition at a young age are doing remarkably well. They have depression rates comparable to their peers and only slightly elevated rates of anxiety. They also show very strong self-esteem.”
Dr. Kristina Olson, researcher and
founder of the TransYouth project.
Katy Faust
The video is domain restricted. Witherspoon Institute requires prior permission to embed it (I cannot imagine why).
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The CanaVox channel on Vimeo is featuring a new video from (“Ask The Bigot”) Katy Faust. If we are to believe Faust, she has received a letter from someone whose eight-year-old nephew is transgender. The author's sister has had the child examined by specialists (plural). The specialists, according to the alleged author, recommended changing his name and putting him on puberty blockers. Out of concern she contacted Faust.

Stop right there. I doubt that such a letter or email exists. What possible advice could the writer expect from Faust? CanaVox is a project of Witherspoon Institute; a far-right Catholic organization run by an Opus Dei numerary. Faust has absolutely no training that qualifies her as a medical expert. Neither do I but my opinion on these matters is in accord with the experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Faust's is not.

I suspect that CanaVox's video channel is on Vimeo because the fare violates Google's terms of service for YouTube. Nevertheless, I flagged this and one other video. But I digress.

Just imagine the conversation between the two sisters. The one with the eight-year-old might respond: “So you got this advice from a religious crackpot which, you assert, should supersede the opinions of the medical professionals who are responsible for my child's care. Is that what you are saying?” I would hope that would be followed with: “Oh, and Sis, get used to the fact that you have an eight-year-old niece.”

Faust starts out by calling the child's doctors “activists” (this theme will be repeated). Then she dwells on the evils of penis binding and breast binding, likening them to Chinese foot binding. Obviously breast binding is irrelevant. Moreover, I have an email from Dr. Johanna Olson (a leading expert on juvenile gender dysphoria) on that issue (suggesting that I reword a post):
Transmasculine youth often experience significant distress from breast development. Chest reconstruction would be avoided more often if transgender children were identified earlier, and given the opportunity to go onto reversible puberty blockers.
That would presumably apply to breast binding as well. With early treatment it would be unnecessary.

As for penis binding, the average person with average length and girth would do just fine with the average size of Hanes unless they are perpetually aroused. I doubt that an eight-year-old has anything to worry about. Faust has the temerity to suggest that trans youth sometimes dehydrate themselves in order to pee less so that they do not have to untape and re-tape their penis. Her facial expressions are perfect.

This bit of Xiqu (Chinese opera) might actually be amusing were it not for the fact that some parent might be stupid enough to substitute Faust's religion-based nonsense for medical science. That would create a far greater risk for a child then Faust's penis binding.

Then, speaking for unnamed neurologists, Faust claims that social transition can “alter the structure of the brain.” She further claims that this is because of the mental illness caused by the supposed frustration of not fully transitioning because natal sex cannot be changed. The only way scientists can study brain structures, by the way, is through an autopsy.

This is the new talking point in response to the fact that science is discovering (we are still in the early stages) that transgender people have some brain structures consistent with their gender. Faust is attempting to conform medical science to scripture. Her premise is preposterous.

In other words, the more obvious proposition is that people are gender dysphoric because of differences in their brain rather than physical differences in the brain are the result of socially transitioning.

More importantly, every transgender person knows that their chromosomes are those of their natal sex and that a complete transition is impossible. That was never the goal in the first place. People transition in response to the symptoms of gender dysphoria. It is about matching their gender, not sex. For them it is as natural as taking aspirin for a headache except that the aspirin requires repeated dosing.

While Faust is trying to mislead people (good Christian that she is), she keeps referring to the established medical science as “the activist treatment plan.” If there is an activist at work here it is Katy Faust on behalf of Christianity. Once again, someone is confusing their belief system (based on faith) with science (based on evidence).

And just what merriment does “Dr.” Faust have in mind next? Let us see:

According to Faust, because a complete transition is impossible, transgender people have damaged their mental health. Frankly, the mental hygiene of transgender people with whom I have conversed is superior to mine. Gender dysphoria produces numerous stressers including depression and anxiety. Transitioning has been proven to relieve the symptoms.

Common sense dictates that the mental health of people who have transitioned is better than their state if they did not transition (I have quoted some research, below). No transgender person expects their chromosomes to change in the first place so Faust's suggested outcome is based on fantasy.

Faust is in rare form when it comes to puberty blockers. Among other things she has a list of side effects that she reads off without giving attention to their scarcity. Nor does she seem to realize that the side effects can be treated separately. Faust claims that puberty blockers induce sickness in children because puberty is essential.

The alternative is to allow a kid to be miserable and risk self-harm. For what reason? Not insulting one's gods? Maybe the parents should sacrifice a goat instead. I have it on good authority that burning incense derived from a mixture of nux vomica, tamarind and turmeric can be quite effective — with the right incantations of course.

And what would religious opprobrium be without misstating desistance rates? If the doctors would just leave the kid alone there is an 80% to 90% chance that he would outgrow the condition, Faust pleads.

Uh, no. Dr. Kristina Olson, founder of the TransYouth project has researched this matter (in addition to the Waterman Prize this year, she just won a “genius grant).” Olson has found that once the condition is so severe that the child insists on transitioning, the desistance rates are negligible. Furthermore, the four studies on which overall desistance rates are based are inapplicable.

It is important to keep in mind that doctors do not cause children to transition. The kids feel compelled to do so in order to obtain relief from their symptoms. Doctors help trans youth define and meet their objectives. They also counsel parents and, hopefully, inoculate them from stupidity born of religious zealotry.

Kristina Olson has written:
Results so far show that trans children have just as firm a sense of their own gender as nontrans kids at very early ages, both when asked directly and when tested. Furthermore, trans kids follow different trajectories than children who simply prefer toys and clothes associated with the opposite gender.
In addition to helping uncover the roots of gender, early results of these studies suggest that trans kids who are supported through early social transitions have strong mental health and self-esteem.
…trans youth who make the social transition at a young age are doing remarkably well. They have depression rates comparable to their peers and only slightly elevated rates of anxiety. They also show very strong self-esteem.
Those three quotes are from one of the world's leading experts on trans youth. Each statement directly contradicts Faust's religious babble.

Faust concludes her video by referring viewers to two websites promoting conversion therapy. The first is to what used to be called NARTH and the second is Denise Shick's (oy veh). Shick is qualified if writing noxious pieces for The Federalist qualifies someone to “treat” someone else's sexuality.

If Ms. Faust is such an expert on human sexuality, perhaps she can figure out how to go f*ck herself.

Please join me in flagging this and some other offensive videos at the CanaVox channel. In the past, Vimeo has zapped conversion therapy promoting material which is precisely what this is. To flag a video, you need to sign into your Vimeo account which is free and simple to obtain if you do not have one.

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