Weekly Reading List
September 25, 2022
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Every Tomboy Is Tagged ‘Transgender’ | Colin Wright
Forgive the shameless plug for my own article in The Wall Street Journal this week, where I explain how a terminological change implemented by activists is fueling the push to "treat" nonconformity with traditional "sex roles" with hormones and surgery.
Until recently, the term “transsexual” referred to people with a cross-sex identity, a desire to be the opposite sex or even a diagnosis of gender dysphoria. “Transgender,” the favored term now, is far broader. It encompasses mere nonconformity with rigid traditional sex roles. If you’re a tomboy or a feminine boy—if your expression or behavior is different from what is “typically associated” with your sex based on “traditional expectations”—you’re transgender. No wonder so many young people think they need medical help to “correct” their sex.
Though this piece is in the “Opinion” section, my article has very little opinion in it. To support my claim that tomboys and feminine boys now fall under the “transgender” umbrella, I directly quote the definitions used by major institutions such as Planned Parenthood, The American Psychological Association, The Endocrine Society, the American Psychiatric Association, and the CDC, which all define “transgender” as some small variant of “an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity or expression (masculine, feminine, other) is different from their sex (male, female) at birth.”
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