This article begins with a tagline under the title stating that “A woman who detransitioned in 2018 says there are many people who have had gender reassignment surgery who wish they hadn’t.” This woman, throughout the article, is the only evidence given to back up the claims of the title. The article then goes on to use most of its body for anecdotal evidence of other women like the aforementioned focal point of the article. In fact, reading onward little more than a page reveals one of the anecdotes from a woman which reads “I didn’t think any change was going to be enough in the end and I thought it was better to work on changing how I felt about myself, than changing my body.” This alone is a very incorrect statement, because gender dysphoria- despite the fact that dysphoria is not even a prerequisite for someone to be transgender to begin with- can be, and often is, about changing your body, or more specifically, your physical self and the effect your physical self has.

For example, learning you’re trans doesn’t cause drastic personality changes, erratic and unexpected behaviors, or anything of that nature. What it does do, however, is gives you an option to alleviate your dysphoria through changing your physical and social self into the gender you perceive yourself as. There’s also the fact that using anecdotal evidence for gender dysphoria is antithetical to any point one will try to make.

Experiences with gender dysphoria (or perceived gender dysphoria, as is the much more likely case for many of the people in this article) can vary widely from person to person, meaning that a single person’s perspective, or even the perspective of multiple people, tells little about the trans experience as a whole, if anything at all.

The article continues, citing the same person from the previous statement, this time saying “For everyone who has gender dysphoria, whether they are trans or not, I want there to be more options for us because I think there is a system of saying, ‘okay here’s your hormones, here’s your surgery, off you go’. I don’t think that’s helpful for anyone.” The first part is, admittedly, a fair point. Beyond that, the person is blatantly incorrect. For one, that actually does work for some people. Secondly, even with regard to the fact that it does work for some people, that’s not at all what the process of transitioning is like. Years of therapy and psychiatric evaluation are required to take hormone therapy, except in the case of informed consent, which would be the only case in which this overly simplified scenario would apply.

Strangely, this article continues on to use quotes from the Tavistock and NHS Portman trust that debunk the entire point of the article, using a quote from a spokesperson that reads “Decisions about physical interventions made in our care are arrived at after a thorough exploration process. While some of our patients may decide not to pursue physical treatment or drop out of treatment, the experience of regret described here is rarely seen.”

As the article closes, it states “even talking about detransition is viewed by some as transphobic” despite that it’s not transphobic, and even if it were, there’s not any evidence to determine if anyone really believes that it is.

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