A Canadian YouTuber was called out on Timcast Thursday night after making several half-baked arguments in support of experimental child sex changes.
Lance of the Serfs TV wrongly claimed that puberty blockers have been safely used for decades to treat children with precocious puberty, and also made the embarrassing comparison between the exponential growth of adolescents identifying as transgender in the past decade and the small increase in left-handed people that occurred over several decades after society stopped punishing children for being left-handed.
Lance spent a considerable amount of time arguing the case for experimental child sex changes, relying largely on older studies that studied a very different cohort of transgender people to the ones who make up most of the referrals to gender clinics today. He also leaned into meta studies, or essentially studies of other studies, to make his point.
When host Tim Pool asked Lance if he could explain why we are suddenly seeing so many young people identifying as transgender, Pool’s guest pulled out the graph showing the increase in left-handed people over the last century that is so popular with trans activists on Twitter.
Lance explained that we used to see left-handed people as Satanic, as the devil, and that when this view changed, people were free to be left-handed and the numbers “spiked.”
Trouble is, the numbers did not “spike.” What Lance’s graph shows is a gradual increase in left-handed people that plateaus at around 10 percent of the population. What Lance’s printout doesn’t show is the other half of the graph, which charts the period before cultural beliefs forced children to be right-handed. The full graph shows around 10 percent of people were left-handed up until the late 18th century, followed by a dip, then an increase back to the original level.
Another huge flaw in Lance’s reasoning is the demographics of the people identifying as transgender. Gender clinics all over the western world have seen huge surges in teenage girls identifying as transgender and seeking medical transition, and population surveys show a similar pattern. A disproportionate number of these girls are on the autism spectrum, many are lesbian, and almost all have coexisting mental health issues. Most showed no signs of gender-related distress during childhood. All these signs indicate social contagion.
Ignoring the vast differences in both time frame and scale, for Lance’s left-handed analogy to be correct, we would need to have seen an increase in teenage girls coming out as left-handed, after being right-handed all the way through childhood, and a large number of those teenage girls would need to be autistic, homosexual, and suffering from multiple psychiatric comorbidities.
Lance was equally uninformed on the issue of puberty suppression. He claimed that the puberty blocker Lupron has been safely prescribed for decades to children who suffer from the medical condition called precocious puberty, during which a very young child goes into puberty. Pool pulled up an article from 2017 that cited 10,000 adverse events that had been reported to the FDA by women who had taken the drug. Lance did not respond to this.
Lance also argued that because the drugs had been used for decades to treat precocious puberty, they were appropriate for use treating childhood gender dysphoria.
When Seamus Coughlin put it to Lance that we have been amputating limbs for centuries, but that doesn’t mean it is appropriate to amputate the limbs of people suffering from body integrity identity disorder (BIID), Lance scored another own goal.
“[BIID] is a real phenomenon,” explained Lance. “Yes, it's it's extremely rare, but we know enough about it at this point to know that people will seek out to get operations on the black market if they have BIID and what we found when people do that and go to the black market to have the limb removed is that it only provides a temporary amount of relief for the condition and that it returns and they have further complications from the fact that you now have a disability and or medical complications that come from that point.”
This is the exact argument currently being made against child sex changes. That these young, distressed adolescents find temporary relief from the hormone interventions and surgeries they are being allowed to consent to, but that at some point in the future, they will have further complications and disabilities as a result of the medical experiments they are taking part in.
There are countless stories told by detransitioners of how they were sure that a medical sex change was right for them, and felt “gender euphoria” after taking hormones and having body parts amputated, only for their mental health issues to return at a later date.
At one point, Pool accused Lance of participating in trans "genocide," by advocating for these young, vulnerable adolescents to be sterilised. Lance was shocked by the accusation, but failed to defend his stance on supporting the sterilization of these youth.
Lance also seemed to believe that children and adolescents go through a lengthy process of counselling and psychological assessments before accessing hormone interventions, and dismissed claims that young people are being fast-tracked onto these drugs.
Lance would likely be surprised to learn that at least five out of Canada’s ten main gender clinics do not require any psychological assessment or counselling before starting a child on puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones, and one study showed 62.4 percent of minors were given puberty blockers on the very first appointment at a gender clinic.
The lead author of the paper, Dr. Greta Bauer, was asked while testifying in the disciplinary hearing of BC nurse Amy Hamm, if her research team investigated how much counselling a child had received prior to being referred for puberty blockers at the gender clinic, and Dr. Bauer confirmed that the researchers did not ask look into this.
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