We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's a hot topic, mainly because it has been so politicized in recent years. As with the study of climate and weather, or research into some diseases and approaches to them, politicization is no friend to a pursuit of truth. When addressing data directly can be career-damaging or socially-damaging, scientists tend to be as human as everybody else.
During my career in mental health I have seen the societal normalization of things that I had been taught were perversions. Except for pedophilia and sexual sadism (so far), former perversions tend to be viewed as normal variations. It has been fascinating to watch these societal shifts. It has also been fascinating to watch the once-simple term "gender" shift into an almost hallucinatory array of meanings. It seems to me that cultual shifts, in this case, have led medical attitudinal shifts, rather than the reverse.
Your penultimate sentence is absolutely correct, says this psychiatric social worker who was there in the 70's. The horror of being aligned with the religious people and the rubes swayed the psychiatrists and psychologists more than any intellectual argument. I watched it happen in individuals, not just vague groupings.
The need to be seen as modern and progressive and hip overwhelmed everything else. Intellectuals are not resistant to peer-pressure, they are far more its slaves than Joe Six-Pack.
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With all the artificial hormones we've pumped into the environment I've often wondered if this wasn't an outcome.
Agreed. Since the mid-80's, the food supply has been flooded with multiple endocrine disruptors, all approved by the FDA as 'safe' despite the lack of proof that a combination dose of all these overlapping chemicals won't have an effect on human development. Combine that with the left's need to constantly anoint new victims, and we have today's situation with newfound concern for 'trans' people's special rights and needs, constant accusations of transphobia, mental health professionals eager to be one of the cool kids for a change, and now medicaid coverage for sex change surgery.