Over the weekend, Dr. Ray Blanchard’s Twitter account was locked. Dr. Blanchard is a sexologist who has spent decades researching transgenderism. From his official biography:
Blanchard joined the Gender Identity Clinic at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (now part of the CAMH) in 1980. Much of his research in the next 15 years concerned transsexualism and milder forms of gender identity disorders. In 1995, he was appointed Head of the newly created Clinical Sexology Services at the CAMH. This unit comprised the Gender Identity Clinic and the Kurt Freund Laboratory. This laboratory is the oldest in North America for the psychophysiological assessment of erotic interests in sexual offenders and other men with problematic sexual behavior. This type of assessment (variously called phallometric testing or penile plethysmography) is one of the few available procedures for diagnosing paraphilias in sexual offenders who verbally deny anomalous erotic interests. He retired from the CAMH in 2010.
In 2004, he served as President of the International Academy of Sex Research. He was also a member of the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work Group for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). This is the governing publication for the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders which includes Gender Dysphoria.
His Twitter account was locked because he dared to answer a question from another Twitter user based on his extensive background. His response contained six primary ideas:
- Transsexualism and milder forms of gender dysphoria are types of mental disorder, which may leave the individual with average or even above-average functioning in unrelated areas of life.
- Sex change surgery is still the best treatment for carefully screened, adult patients, whose gender dysphoria has proven resistant to other forms of treatment.
- Sex change surgery should not be considered for any patient until that patient has reached the age of 21 years and has lived for at least two years in the desired gender role.
- Gender dysphoria is not a sexual orientation, but it is virtually always preceded or accompanied by an atypical sexual orientation
- There are two main types of gender dysphoria in males, one associated with homosexuality and one associated with autogynephilia. Traditionally, the great bulk of female-to-male transsexuals has been homosexual in erotic object choice.
- The sex of a postoperative transsexual should be analogous to a legal fiction. This legal fiction would apply to some things (e.g., sex designation on a driver’s license) but not to others (entering a sports competition as one’s adopted sex).
Whelp. You can clearly see why this response is problematic. Dr. Blanchard does not believe gender reassignment surgery is appropriate for children. He also links gender dysphoria in some cases to sexual orientation. He also refers to gender reassignment as a “legal fiction” and opposed allowing trans people to enter sports competitions as a member of their adopted sex.
All of these items directly oppose the radical LBGTQ lobby assertions. Never mind Dr. Blanchard is an accomplished researcher and practitioner. These activists want the transition of children to become standard practice and are not interested in any other form of treatment. They want this so much, that they have done their best to prevent further research into a phenomenon called Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria. Initial research at Brown University suggested there could be a social contagion occurring, especially in young teen girls who showed no childhood expression of gender dysphoria. That clearly can’t be explored because they insist you believe trans people are born in the wrong body, despite there is no scientific evidence to support this.
And surely there is no acceptable position other than trans women are women. At least according to the radical lobby and their allies, which has made absurd assertions on this topic regularly. They also think trans women should be allowed in every all-female space, from bathrooms to treatment centers and the locker room at all levels of competitive sport.
We have seen this enforced in Twitter’s ban on ‘dead naming’ or referring to a trans individual by their birth name at the behest of activists. The permanent ban of feminist Meghan Murphy who held the position that a biological man is not a woman was another mark. Now they succumbed to the mob to remove the statements of a researcher with an extensive career and bibliography because they don’t like his conclusions.
These activists don’t want discussion and can’t weather an honest debate. Their arguments are emotional and their conclusions are not based on reason, science or data. Those who would like to slam the Overton window shut exist across the spectrum of issues in the public square. Facebook is banning people and dictating how other users may speak of them. Harvard removed a dean in their law school for having the gall to serve as defense counsel for an objectional client. And all of Hollywood is trying to heap pressure on the state of Georgia for protecting the unborn.
The message is “Shut up you (insert the appropriate -ist or -phobe here)!”. They will work to defame, deplatform, bankrupt, and ultimately deperson you if you dare to violate the tenets of their orthodoxy. And it seems our institutions, to include the digital public square, are their allies in the process.
Dr. Blanchard’s account was restored, but only after significant backlash from the academic and scientific community. But if you can’t hear the growing number of canaries singing in the coal mine, you aren’t listening.