New study finds transgenderism is contagious among the young

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On August 16, 2018, the peer-reviewed PLoS One journal published the findings of a study by Brown University behavior and social sciences professor Lisa Littman on the social contagion of “gender dysphoria” among adolescents and young adults.

Gender dysphoria is defined as an individual’s persistent discomfort with their biological sex or assigned gender.

From the article’s Abstract:

In on-line forums, parents have been reporting that their children are experiencing what is described here as “rapid-onset gender dysphoria,” appearing for the first time during puberty or even after its completion. The onset of gender dysphoria seemed to occur in the context of belonging to a peer group where one, multiple, or even all of the friends have become gender dysphoric and transgender-identified during the same timeframe. Parents also report that their children exhibited an increase in social media/internet use prior to disclosure of a transgender identity.

Littman found two striking phenomena:

  1. An association and likely causal relationship between mental/developmental disorder and gender dysphoria: As many as 62.5% of the adolescent and young adults in Littman’s survey had been diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder or neurodevelopmental disability prior to the onset of their gender dysphoria.
  2. Gender dysphoria contagion: In 36.8% of friendship groups with one or more so-called transgenders, the majority of the group’s members who had not been gender dysphoric in their childhood became transgenders.

Littman gave some examples of sudden-onset gender dysphoria contagion:

  • A 14-year-old girl and three of her female friends were taking group lessons together with a very popular coach. The coach came out as transgender, and, within one year, all four students announced they were also transgender.
  • Another 14-year-old girl is part of a friend group that spends much of their time talking about gender and sexuality. After three girls in the group all announced they were trans boys and chose similar masculine names, the 14-year-old girl also announced that she was a trans boy.

You can read Littman’s article here. If the journal takes down the article, it is archived here.

Joy Pullmann reports for The Federalist that Littman’s “study was quickly yanked from Brown’s news releases after a transgender activist feeding frenzy, and the journal it was published in is reconsidering the publication.”

The dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, Bess Marcus, issued this apology:

Brown community members express[ed] concerns that the conclusions of the study could be used to discredit efforts to support transgender youth and invalidate the perspectives of members of the transgender community.

The spirit of free inquiry and scholarly debate is central to academic excellence. At the same time, we believe firmly that it is also incumbent on public health researchers to listen to multiple perspectives and to recognize and articulate the limitations of their work.

Sudden-onset gender-dysphoria contagion would account for the rapid recent growth in “transgenders” and transgender treatment centers in the UK and the United States:

  • In the UK, the National Health Service has seen an increase of 700% over the past 5 years in transgender referrals and children wanting to change genders. (Daily Mail)
  • The graph below shows the increases in the number of transgender referrals in the U.S. since 2010. Note how the numbers sharply increased after 2014, especially for girls. (Source: The Federalist)

Gender dysphoria contagion is fueled by media propaganda and the flood of transgender books for children (and adults). As examples:

Here’s another example of gender dysphoria contagion.

Dorothy Stringer School is a secondary school in Brighton, East Sussex, England, with about 1,600 students, ages 11 to 16. The school is praised by Tatler magazine as “the coolest state secondary in town” for its “liberal vibe” and for having the “perfect balance between work and fun”.

As reported by the UK Daily Mail on November 25, 2018, a recent council survey found that Dorothy Stringer School has the highest number of gender dysphoric students of any school in the UK:

  • 76 students at Dorothy Stringer are gender dysphoric.
  • Of those, 40 do not identify with their sex at birth, 36 say they are “gender fluid”.

Given Dorothy Springer’s total student enrollment of 1,650 (according to Clash Daily), 76 gender dysphoric students mean 4.6% of the school’s students are transgender or “gender fluid” — a much higher percentage than the percentage of transgenders in the general population. A 2016 study by UCLA’s Williams Institute, using CDC data, found that only 0.6% of U.S. adults identify as transgender.

A Brighton teacher said: “What’s happening is worrying and many of us know it, but nobody wants to speak up and get shot.”

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30 responses to “New study finds transgenderism is contagious among the young

  1. I remember when I was in 7th grade none of the girls carried a purse. Then one day Mary showed up with the cutest little white leather purse. Before the month was over, most of the 7th grade girls were carrying little white purses. It was a 7th grade fad. If all your friends are doing it, you don’t want to feel left out.
    We’re not talking purses here today. So, this is where some good old-fashioned parental common sense and guidance comes in.
    When I was 5 years old I wanted to be a cowboy and get a horse. My dad told me we didn’t have room for a horse and I couldn’t be a cowboy anyway because I was a girl. My aunt bought me a cute little cowgirl costume which I wore for a few weeks before I got bored with it. End of story.

    • Good thing your parents didn’t take you to the surgeon.

    • My first thought was the same as “My Brain Hurts,” that the young girl “gender confused” are succumbing to the intense desire at that age to “fit in” & “belong,” plus peer pressure & “copy-cat” behaviors.

      When I was in 7th &/or 8th grade, we all “Peroxide’d” our hair, & were “Beatlemaniacs.” The teachers were freaked out about it.

      Of course, gender dysphoria is more serious a problem than copycat white purses, Peroxide’d hair & “celeb crushes.” But the world today offers young girls more sicko choices with which to become “enamored.”

      Per MSM, females today are in trouble all around. Saw a tweet 1-2 days ago re some “study” that women preferred sleeping with dogs than with humans. (Bestiality hint?)

      And today I saw a WaPo series of articles re ages 34-55 Women dying of “Unnatural Causes” (drugs, benzos, opioids, booze, singleness, rural living, etc.) being on the increase.

  2. I guess Liberal Democrats should hold meetings in Proctologists offices then… They seem to become the doctors intended target… (__*__)

  3. I live down the street from a high school. I see this every day. There is a larger than normal (dare I say compared to even last year) population of kids who seem fascinated with queerdom.

    Girls with the butch haircuts and fat sloppy appearance, boys who take some study to identify as such. In short, its a fad. I have to blame the parents for some of this as well. I wouldn’t put up with something like this if my kids started showing an interest. They would end up in a cloister somewhere.

    • ” They would end up in a cloister somewhere.”
      That could be dangerous these days too. Lot of lesbonics in those cloisters.

  4. “I’m convinced that the way this gender thing has spread is demonic, … It’s false. I don’t even know how many genders there’s supposed to be now, but there are only two that God made. The devil is going after children by confusing gender. When a child is born, what is the first things we say about that child? It’s a boy, or it’s a girl. That is the most natural thing in the world to say. But to say that there is no difference is satanic. People behind this are influencing children to disorder,” Msgr. John Esseff, exorcist

  5. Love the take – “invalidate the perspectives.”

    A point of view or a way of considering something doesn’t make it a fact (i.e., biology). But with liberals, it’s always about their feeeeeeeeeeeeelings.

    One should be able to articulate and defend their “perspective.”

  6. You really can’t make this stuff up. And people doubt that they’re attacking traditional culture?

  7. There is no science to back of this absurd point. If there is any correlation it’s brought to us by the media so they will have something to write about.

  8. Demonic possessed transgender entities, TRANSPOCALYPSE NOW!

  9. It was once common knowledge that it’s possible to pervert a young person when they are developing sexually. I actually had this conversation the other day with someone defending this gender confusion stuff and their logic was severely lacking.

    • No doubt. Believe it or not, in the Nineteenth Century it was common to dress boys in dresses for the period of time they were left with the womenfolk. At some point, usually around nine or ten, they would start to accompany their fathers on their chores, etc., and they would switch to knickers.

      I don’t have a history as to when and why this changed. There are thousands of old pictures that prove it was true. Of course they didn’t think or treat them as girls. They were expected to help their mothers during the time they spent with them, however.

    • If this wasn’t known to be true then they wouldn’t target them so young. There’d be no point.

  10. On the subject of trannies, saw this tweet today:

    💥brooks brown💥🌐🏁 @bbusa617 Nov 28
    Michelle Obama’s “Doctor” Goes On Record: ‘I Know What I Saw’… “I Know what I saw. Michelle Obama is not a woman who used to be a man. Michelle Obama is just a man with breast implants and a huge shaving bill.” I’D BET THE HOUSE ON IT.. Tyranny 👍 :

    The linked source article was only a few paragraphs & its source said “m2voice” (??), so it’s probably not even a true story though it did include an alleged doctor’s name. He said he walked in on Moochelle in the bathroom & Moochelle was standing up taking a pee. The doctor said he didn’t care if the Obamas sued him because he just can’t keep quiet any more with all the bad stuff going on.

    A doctor would have to be rather brave to cross the Obamas as he could end up “Joan Rivers’d.”

  11. Looks like there is no end in sight to mass hysteria and how people want to follow the herd. The really important question is just how many lives are going to be destroyed because of this.

  12. The cultural Marxists are well aware about it, Michelle. I’m speaking about when you said, “It was once common knowledge that it’s possible to pervert a young person when they are developing sexually.”

    That is why they campaign to do away with boys toys and girls toys. It’s also why they introduced a slew of “cartoons” and “toys”, such as Smurfs and other queer attribute characters for the kids.

    The Marxist’s and jew’s media got a double whammy from those when they first introduced them to the public, because they got to knock religion because of the many Christian religious groups who objected [to “just a silly cartoon”, etc,] because those groups understood at the time what was going on. The Marxist’s then get the dumbed-down public on their side, who just think that “they’re so cute!”, with such “innocent” campaigns.

  13. It’s not a contagion, it’s indoctrination pure and simple. Brainwashing is easiest among the children. Why do you think Karl Marx said to control the education???

  14. Dah! 3 -4 years ago when this transgender “crap” was at an Obamanite-fevered pitch/with the rainbow lighting up the White House…and everyone and their brother and sister and mother and father were “coming out” from something to something else……I had one 6th-grade history class in my teaching assignment. They learned NOTHING from me that year about history b/c I spent most of my time managing classroom hysteria and behavior due to several students (all girls) who wanted to change their names to boys’ names….who came to class from PE crying and sulking in the hallway before class b/c of having to use a girls’ dressing room….or, in some cases, making sexual advances to the other girls and being rebuffed……and subsequently, the REST of the sympathetic/nurturing girls in the class would rally around them to offer comfort. This class of girls also knew all the words to a then-popular song about having “a girl crush” and often referred to it, as tho’ it was a “normal” part of everyday life to switch hit at will. Also in this same class I had TWO different children who live with same-sexed parents…and who, that year, at the same time, had one parent surgically change their sex. I had to provide all the “substitute” assignments for missed work to them when they were absent/sent to grandma’s house during the surgery and recovery time. It was a VERY TOUGH and strange year for me…..but…..meanwhile, I also found out through this (b/c I refused to call those girls by the boy names they gave me in the absence of a parent conference or parent direction for such—I went by the ATTENDANCE record list sent electronically to me every day from our district web—or I referred to them as “you”)….that, at age 12 in the country of California, a child can CHOOSE their gender without the permission or even a notice to the parents from the school about what is going on. In addition to all this….I had that same year TWO other female students in my other art assignment classes that were actually going through the medical gender reassignment protocol with the support of their parents. These kids were 11 and 12-years old.

    Two years out from the Obama rainbow-lit White House—-This year…I have only ONE female student who wants to be referred to by an alternative male name. I still call her by her name on my roll sheet b/c she has never requested that I call her by her “boy name.”

    Finally…..I have to wonder—-why are 11-year-old kids so deeply entrenched into sexuality and sexual thought, maybe even sexual advances being tried at a PUBLIC SCHOOL, so-well-versed on transgenderism/gay/lesbian/etc etc. issues that they bring it with them to school everyday to the point that it disrupts their education and the delivery of education to their peers? I know I am an OLD FART…but, at that age, I didn’t KNOW about much of anything about sexuality, my own or others….AND, furthermore….I knew that nothing about my gender or sexuality had ANY place in my learning day at school…nothing to be aired or tried out or discussed: this was MY business and was within the scope of my family and church, not a PUBLIC matter. IT STILL is not a public matter IMO. You’ll never see me running down the street flying a “heterosexual” banner. As a teacher, my mind is regularly “blown” with what baggage and social garbage kids bring with them into the Public School learning day…..many times adding to the burdens that teachers, admin, etc. have to deal with above and beyond “just teaching.” It’s pretty darn hideous of late. I am happy with my career lately b/c I’ve done it so long that I can ALMOST not be surprised by anything. BUt…when my students tell me that they want to be teachers when they grow up, I gently try to dissuade them…..

    • I’m always at a loss on things like this. I can explain how it was in my day but I suspect kids today wouldn’t believe it. You talk about “middle school”, I was just starting to really explore in high school, not middle school.

      In either one the teachers all wore business dress…….always. They were always referred to by their proper names and responses were always “sir” or ‘ma’am’ as appropriate.

      Girls wore skirts or dresses. Boys could wear clean jeans and a t-shirt if it had a pocket on it. We had a dean of women and a dean of men who’s job it was to roam the halls enforcing the dress code and other codes.

      It was very rare for a student to get into an altercation with a teacher. I had one try to throw me out of a third story window, but that wasn’t “normal”.

      In the Eighth Grade I was in an inner city school and it was a war zone. The school was nice but the students were constantly at war and out of control. After my parent’s divorce was all settled I ended up back in the suburbs and things were MUCH better.

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