Comedian and HBO host Bill Maher believes “social contagion” plays a role in the surge in children who identify as transgender.
While discussing the transgender Nashville mass shooting with Tablet Magazine columnist James Kirchick and Republican Virginia Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears, Maher began discussing the topic of people transitioning out of transgender procedures. was lifted. (Related: ‘Bill, You Must Read More’: Winsome Sears confronts school drag queen Bill Maher over gender transition)
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“To be fair, I think most studies probably show that most people who do it say they’re glad they did it,” Maher said.
“I think most people who do it know that I have talked to their parents about this. It’s true, it happens, it happens very rarely, but it does happen, but like you’re talking about, there are other things right now, and it’s also somewhat trendy, so people I know you hate to hear that, but it’s obviously true, there’s an element of social contagion, otherwise it wouldn’t be prevalent here [California] It’s not Indiana, it’s not regional,” Maher continued.
Maher seems to be referring to the social contagion theory put forward by critics of child sex change. They argue that the surge in her teenage girls seeking “gender-affirming” care is driven by peer pressure rather than increased levels of social acceptance.
“So we have advanced democracies in Europe that have been doing this to children for a long time. Pediatric transgender medicine is now shrinking,” Kirchick said. increase.
Sweden, Finland, Norway, France and the UK are among the European countries that have taken steps to limit child sex reassignment after being the first to accept medical interventions such as heterosexual surgery and puberty blockers.