IN A WEEK WHEN FREE SPEECH AND THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE WERE FURTHER TRAMPLED, RFK WAS BANNED FROM YOU TUBE AND INFORMATION ON VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY IN COVID WAS SUPPRESSED.
You Tube states it will allow “scientific discussion” videos about vaccine trials, results and failures and continue to permit personal testimonies. Apparently this does not extend to virologists, professors and Nobel prizewinners who have expressed caution with regard to the Covid vaccine. Facebook will now ban ‘anti vaccine accounts and take stronger measures to combat vaccine hesitancy.
MEANWHILE THE ROLE OF THE STATE IN ERODING PARENTAL RIGHTS IS USED UNDER THE GUISE OF EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE.
Alcohol is commonly illegal before age of 18 (21 in US) yet we allow minors as young as 12 at a stage of emotional and mental vulnerability to give informed consent to invasive medical treatment with lifelong consequences
In most countries minors must have parental approval for most types of medical procedures yet in the EU, UK, US and elsewhere, doctors can prescribe contraception and abortion to girls under the age of 16 without their parents’ permission or knowledge. Under 13, a Child Protection Officer may be required but not necessarily a parent.
- Most countries allow minors to seek abortion without parental consent, while some require that one parent is notified, parental authority is not required. Termination is allowed up to 6 months gestation with later terminations possible in rare exceptions.
- The US Centre for Disease Control states that of 40% of minors having an abortion in 2017, neither of their parents were aware.
This is surely an anomaly in a country which recently banned abortion 6 weeks into gestation i.e. once a heartbeat has been detected, before many women even realise they are pregnant.
GENDER REASSIGNMENT FOR MINORS: There is a reluctance by many clinicians and psychotherapists to express their concerns regarding the capacity of vulnerable young people to give informed consent to gender reassignment in what remains a complex and contested medical arena. The long-term impact of hormone therapy is so far unknown in treatments and procedures which require lifelong medical intervention. The psycho-therapeutic approach to gender dysphoria has now shifted to a medical model, often involving complex invasive surgery. Impressionable adolescents are inevitably influenced by pressure groups with no training in child psychology yet cognitive decision making related to an unknown future may include ineffectual hormone therapy, loss of genitalia and infertility, with an indeterminate capacity for sexual fulfilment. Regret and a wish for reversal is therefore a considerable risk.
Patrick Mitchell an Australian schoolboy diagnosed with gender dysphoria, began hormone replacement therapy at age 12 to transition to female with his mothers support. Two years later he has changed his mind and now feels comfortable with his birth gender. Patrick has stopped the medication and is currently awaiting surgery to remove breast tissue to reverse the effects of the hormone therapy.
In 2020, Keira Bell, a 24-year-old woman, sued The Tavistock, England’s only NHS gender identity development service for children and won her case. Keira began taking puberty blockers when she was 16 as gender re-asignment therapy before her subsequent change of mind and decision to de-transition. The Court agreed with her that children under the age of 16 considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be mature enough to give informed consent for prescribed puberty-blocking drugs. The Tavistock appealed the decision, arguing that the High court ruling had interfered with the entitlement of children to make decisions for themselves. In September 2021 the UK court of appeal overturned the judgment.
THE IMPOSITION OF GENDER NEUTRAL LANGUAGE IS NOW BEING MANDATED, NOT BY RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS BUT INCREASINGLY BY AUTHORITARIAN PSEUDO LIBERALS. The ME culture borne of self love, has created a new convoluted ideology founded in narcissism led by the illusion of a superior academia. This has inevitably fuelled the victim consciousness now prevalent in universities and halls of learning where so called ‘safe spaces’ and ‘trigger warnings’ ensure young people are denied the opportunity to develop the resilience essential for life.
Today gender fluidity is under scrutiny with vocabulary amended in an effort to be inclusive. She, her, hers and he, him and his are the commonly used pronouns, these are surreptitiously being replaced to accommodate minority views (just 0.6 percent of U.S. adults identify as transgender, according to a 2016 UCLA report). Hard though it is to imagine, gender neutral language is now being mandated in law, dictating that we use a selection of invented pronoun replacements in an effort to comply with the personal preference of the one addressed. Inventive pronouns now include the unintelligible ZE, HIR, HIRSELF, ZEM, ZIR, ZIRSELF, EY, EM, EIR, EMSELF, XE, ZEM, XYRS, XYRSELF, PER, PERSE, PERSELF. We are informed that it is also permissible to use the name only or no pronoun at all. A translation and instruction manual will presumably be offered to those who foolishly attempt to manoeuvre this minefield of idealogical nonsense.
THEYBIES: While the imposition of gender neutral pronouns by the minority on the majority is unacceptable, gender neutrality imposed upon babies, referred to as ‘theybies’ is an example of consequence when questionable perceptions extend to ‘gender open’ parenting. The debate on whether nature or nurture has the greatest influence on gender will continue. Ignoring the anatomy of a baby at birth in order to allow the child to decide its preferred gender in early childhood will not determine gender. The stance taken by opinionated parents who believe that gender is simply a social construct, will ensure their offspring become the object of gender scrutiny on a daily basis, inevitably inviting bullying. The first responsibility in parenting is to protect the child, the second to prepare them for independence, it will be interesting to see how soon we see the first court action for child abuse to defend the rights of a minor.
LANGUAGE REFLECTS IDENTITY AND HAS LONG BEEN THE BEST INDICATOR OF ACCRUED WISDOM AND CULTURE.
Rita Mae Brown said “Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” The richness of language has long been regarded as the marker of those who command respect, demeaning language demeans the soul of the nation. The age of oratory is long gone, the remnant of once vibrant expression is being insidiously and purposefully eroded by those previously responsible for instilling awareness and respect. The impact of derogatory language is well understood, and not least when used against people struggling with genuine gender dysphoria, we would do well to avoid replacing inappropriate pronouns with language which however unintentional is itself belittling.
Jordan Peterson, a Canadian professor of psychology and clinical psychologist has led the way in loudly resisting his governments legislation, receiving harassment and abuse while accruing a following of millions on social media.