TLDR: as an autistic female I absolutely would have been transed if I was born later than I was, about the only good thing about being a millennial.
For those who don’t know, autism in females is a HUGE comorbidity with body dysmorphia conditions like anorexia and gender dysphoria. We (autistics) don’t process social information the same as neurotypicals so for us it boils down to “girls must be thin or they’re not pretty girls and can’t have friends so I must make myself thin” or “boys are the only ones allowed to like the stuff I like so if I become a boy I can be myself”.
This is something we tend to get better at over time even if we never fully “catch up” but we are very vulnerable when we are young to gender ideology, unrealistic body ideals, or other “social shortcuts”. I absolutely thought about being a boy and how much better it would be, but thankfully I was so sheltered socially I didn’t know about gender ideology until I was old enough to question it. (I also lost 60 lbs in 5 months from extremely restrictive eating with no one batting an eye)
Autism in boys is dx on average at age 6, but in girls it is dx on average around age 18. So if you are letting girls “consent” to irreversible medical “treatment” at age 16, and you are not actively screening EVERY girl with gender dysphoria, you are missing most autistic girls.
When I was 15 I was studying college textbooks homeschooling myself, had been volunteering at a library, and a was a senior girl scout.
I also believed that starving myself would make me pretty enough to have friends (it didn’t) and that casting a spell on my teddy bear would protect my dad from dying (it didn’t).
Youth under 16 years old, ESPECIALLY AUTISTIC ONES, are not competent to make medical decisions with serious lifelong consequences on the basis of short term peer approval.
*protect lesbian and bisexual girls who like other girls and know society thinks that’s wrong for some reason
*protect the tomboys who like to run and play and wear comfy clothing when they climb trees and dream of adventures
*protect the autistic girls who can’t quite understand why they are different, and why that’s so bad, and why the other girls don’t let them hang out with them
Really good article breaking down the reasons to question the 2020 Presidential Election results. Biden's win seems akin to throwing a dozen needles in the air and threading them while airborne. https://spectator.us/reasons-why-the-2020-presidential-election-is-deeply-puzzling/
Steely Dan "Do It Again" (Can't Buy A Thrill, 1972) Good lyrics:
"When you know she's no high climber then you find your only friend
In a room with your two timer, and you're sure you're near the end
Then you love a little wild one, and she brings you only sorrow
All the time you know she's smilin'; you'll be on your knees tomorrow"
Deborah Cohen and Anna Barnes, 2019. Gender dysphoria in children: puberty blockers study draws further criticism. BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5647 (Published 20 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5647
“We sought the views of methodologists and clinical trial statisticians, but few were prepared to speak publicly for fear of reprisal. However, they noted that the cohort study had no control group; that outcome measures were not well defined; and that there was no definition of what would constitute a serious adverse event. Similar concerns are common to many studies of puberty blockers in young people with gender dysphoria.
“The experts we spoke to said that the protocol and information sheets were missing potentially significant information. The sheets said, ‘Hormone blockers will make you feel less worried about growing up in the wrong body and will give you more time and space to think about your gender identity.’
“But one concern about the treatment is that it may in some way be putting young people on a path towards medical and, perhaps, later surgical transition, as indicated by a Dutch study of 70 young people aged 12-16 that had similar eligibility criteria to the early intervention study. The Dutch study found: 'No adolescent withdrew from puberty suppression, and all started cross-sex hormone treatment.' That is, all children who took puberty blockers went on to the next stage of transitioning to the opposite gender. Protocols should summarise the evidence to date, says the NHS Health Research Authority.7 The early intervention study’s protocol, however, did not mention the Dutch study and its findings.
‘Fireball’ dazzles in the sky in Japan
A dazzling ‘’fireball’’ has been seen lighting up the skies across large areas of western Japan.
The meteor was seen descending towards earth for a few seconds, before emitting a powerful light.
Black Cardinal? I thought they were talking about Bob Gibson. https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/archbishop-wilton-gregory-a-chicago-native-becomes-first-black-american-cardinal/2381898/
Count observers in Madison Wisconsin recount Friday found 2000 fake ballots with apparently the same signature?