The Portman and Tavistock, the UK’s main gender clinic, recently reported a more than 4500% increase in referrals over 8 years. FOUR THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED PER CENT in EIGHT years.
The total referrals in the last year accounted for were some 2500, up from 97 eight years ago. Of these latest figures, 1800 were young females. Nearly 2000 were under 18, last year alone. That beats any stats on this, anywhere and to make it even more shocking, whereas the historic prevalence amongst females has always been less than 1/3 that for males, in the recent referrals this is reversed, with more than 2/3 being female. What is Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria and how is it implicated, if indeed it is?
In classic theory, Gender Dysphoria is a sense of more or less intense discomfort at being obliged to socially present as the gender one’s birth sex might suggest.
It occurs in males and females and in two completely distinct forms in each: homosexual and non-homosexual. This might not always seem to be the most sympathetic way to triage the forms, especially in cultures which remain deeply uncomfortable with sex, such as the Anglo-Saxon ones, but it works. Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria is new.
Young females and Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria
An important paper was published by Dr Lisa Littman, in August 2018, that addressed this. It posits a number of hypotheses that might illuminate the current massive increase in the numbers of referrals to clinics specialising in the care of trans-identified individuals. These are centred on the idea that a phenomenon called Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria, or ROGD, is central to the epidemic.
The trouble is, nobody knows what Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria might actually be.
Male non-homosexual Gender Dysphoria, also known as Adolescent/Late Onset, is caused by Autogynephilia, or erotic love of the self as a woman. It can appear to set on very rapidly, almost overnight in some cases. However, investigation almost always reveals that the condition actually set on long before and had gone through a lengthy phase in which the subject repressed it. While this repression may be reducing with changing social attitudes, this remains a progressive condition.
(A related form of Autogynephilia does occur in women, but only homosexual ones and it does not provoke Gender Dysphoria of any kind.)
Homosexual Gender Dysphoria, called in the DSM ‘Early Onset’ always appears in childhood, prior to puberty and has a long development period. Subjects are always exclusively homosexual with regard to birth sex and they are always known to be different, to their friends and family.
Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria does not appear to display these. It seems to be genuinely sudden in its appearance. So what causes it?
Dr Blanchard again
Ray Blanchard has proposed ‘Autohomoeroticism’ as a provocation for Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria, and we must commend Dr Ray on his ability to mangle language once again; but still, he has a good point.
Autohomoeroticism is a condition experienced in females who become obsessed with the idea of being ‘gay men’ in sexual relationships with cis men who are homosexual. Unfortunately we have seen very little research into this as yet, but anecdotal evidence suggests Blanchard is right.
It should be immediately obvious that this is a non-homosexual dysphoria, since the parties to any such relationship are of opposite sexes, even though one is playing the role of a man.
In fact what seems to happen is that these women develop an attraction to completely emasculated men, whom they then desire to sexually dominate. I don’t mean just non-macho, but completely unmasculine men. Many Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria subjects actually seek Genital Reconstruction Surgery and phalloplasty so that they can penetrate these males.
How Feminism harms women: an eyewitness testimony
Although the site ‘4th Wave Now’ is infested with gender-crits, that is, those who, for political reasons, seek to abolish all forms of transition, we can still glean useful information there. It is clear from the following that not only social media is implicated; the problem of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria goes deep into our culture.
This excerpt, from a post by ‘Emily Williams’ (a pseudonym) is chilling. Emily is a 20-year old college junior at a selective liberal arts college in the US, according to the 4th Wave site and, of course, these are well-known hotbeds of feminism and left wing extremism. They are now the centres of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria too.
There is no doubt in my mind that there is a social contagion among college students. At my school, it is trendy to be transgender, and to people who feel like they don’t fit in, particularly with other people of their biological sex, choosing to transition to the opposite sex, and become a member of the opposite sex, may certainly seem like a more viable option than continuing to feel rejected while trying to fit in.
It seemed that most of the students who were suddenly transitioning were biological females who were smart but socially awkward. They revealed their identities as trans men, usually through a haircut and new wardrobe, followed by a Facebook post alerting associates to a name and pronoun change. They would soon take to social media, student forums, and classroom discussions to rant about “cis privilege,” how oppressed they are because they get stared at by strangers, how they want to assault people who misgender them, and how in love with their “queer” identities they are.
She illustrates the coercive nature of this:
… a lot of this culture surrounding trans teens and college students is aggressively narcissistic and cutesy — selfies captioned “i love being nonbinary,”… and “baby’s first binder!”
In this alternative universe ‘gay’ becomes a lifestyle identity that anyone can espouse: “you’re gay no matter who you date” — or how you have sex.
While ‘gay’ is indeed a lifestyle, until now it was posited on same-sex attraction; in this understanding, it is something different, like a negative space: not being ‘straight’ and ‘cis-gender’.
The links between this fashion and many other youth movements of teenage rebellion, like punk and emo, are all too clear — but while punks and emos might have abused their bodies with piercings, they did not remove their genitalia, or render themselves sterile for life, in the name of a fad.
Feminism promotes Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria
Emily makes the massive levels of peer pressure and social compulsion to identify as ‘trans’ clear:
I am not allowed to speak honestly and openly on this subject without being defamed as a conservative, a transphobe, intolerant, and anti-feminist. As someone who is not trans, I am not allowed to think or talk about trans issues unless I am agreeing with a trans person. Because I can’t know what it’s like to feel born in the wrong body.
(As if anyone could know what it feels like to be ‘born in the wrong body’.)
Emily points out the rapidity with which this fashion for body-reconstruction can lead to permanent self-harm:
What has been even more upsetting is to see is how quickly these new identities are accompanied by medical changes. I know several young women who were able to easily access testosterone soon after deciding they were trans. I know four who have had mastectomies. One is currently raising funds for her breast removal as part of a GoFundMe campaign.
The author, perhaps because of her youth or her political leanings, does not give a clear indication of what she thinks is causing this phenomenon, but she hints at one:
(They say) If you can’t determine gender by someone’s appearance, why have gender at all?
and, most telling of all:
… they (the ‘trans’ community around her) are aggressively anti “straight white men,” apparently the worst species on earth and the ones responsible for all hardship, as they threaten professors and other students who dare to hint at an observation that doesn’t sound affirmative of transgender identities.
In other words, a left-wing feminist narrative is behind the horror of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria and the destruction and harm it is causing
Emily’s thoughtful, well written missive gives us a clear indication that this is indeed a mental disorder, spread by social contagion and with the toxic ideology of feminism behind it.
After all, if girls are taught that they are ‘oppressed’ because they are female, that gender is merely a social construct and that even sex is not fixed, then why would they not join the dots and decide that the cure for their ‘oppression’ is to become men?
Ironically, Emily says she is a feminist, yet does not appear to realise that the campaign to eradicate gender, which is the root of the Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria problem, is in fact a core feminist aim.
In other words, the culpable actor behind this unheard-of upsurge in what was previously an unknown condition, is radical feminism itself and its insane, irresponsible insistence that ‘gender is not real’.
The sexes are not equal
The sexes are not equal in this, as in so many things. Feminising hormones, principally oestrogen, are relatively mild. Further, most of the effects of oestrogen are reversible; if the subject has not had orchidectomy or Genital Reconstruction Surgery and they stop taking the oestrogen, they will masculinise.
Testosterone, on the other hand, is not gentle at all. Its effects are drastic and permanent, even after cessation of its use. These include permanent deepening of the voice, hirsuteness, marked bony deposit in brow ridges and so on. I deplore its use in Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria under any circumstances.
I am horrified at thousands of perfectly healthy young women mutilating themselves — and being encouraged to do so by so-called ‘responsible adults and carers’ — because they have been force-fed vile, socially divisive feminist propaganda masquerading as an education.
The shocking rise of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria, particularly amongst adolescents and young adults is the consequence of a misguided, corrupt and malignant socio-political philosophy which has been allowed to completely infest schools and academia generally across the West: Feminism.
Feminism has destroyed the minds of our daughters and now it is destroying their bodies. I really wish I could feel good about saying ‘I told you so’.
(First published July 2018; updated and republished April 2021)