Erica Anderson is a clinical psychologist out of Berkeley, California who has helped guide hundreds of young children to cut off healthy body parts and ingest poisonous synthetic hormones in order to foster the delusion that they are "transgender."
Anderson, who is a man but who claims to be a woman, did much of this work from his post at the University of California, San Francisco's Child and Adolescent Gender Center. Now, after many years of advocating body mutilation and experimental drugs for young people, he thinks it's getting a little bit out of control:
"I think it's gone too far," said Anderson, who until recently led the U.S. professional society at the forefront of transgender care. "For a while, we were all happy that society was becoming more accepting and more families than ever were embracing children that were gender variant. Now it's got to the point where there are kids presenting at clinics whose parents say, ‘This just doesn't make sense.'"
[His] skepticism — and [his] willingness to speak directly to the public — puts [him] at the center of America's culture war over trans kids.
Uh, actually, Anderson was already "at the center of America's culture war over trans kids."
If for years you've helped to foster the mass insanity of transgender ideology, you're not just at the center—you pretty much are the center.
Sadly, whatever good intentions Anderson might or might not have, it doesn't look like this issue is going to get any better anytime soon.
Consider a clinical trial that he reviewed with a "team of experts" at the University of California last year, one in which a girl began receiving testosterone because she "identified as male:"
"Why is this kid on testosterone so precipitously?" Anderson asked [his] colleagues.
It did not take long for the team to agree to discontinue the hormone and offer a referral to a gender specialist.
Yeah, any doctor who has to be reminded to not give a 13-year-old girl synthetic male hormones is not much of a doctor at all.
Beyond that, however, consider the fact that—having decided that this indeed was not the right course of action—the "doctors" decided to send the young girl to a "gender specialist" anyway. She was probably back on testosterone within the week.
To give you an idea of just how deep is the hole that Anderson has spent years helping to dig, consider his recent discussion with a young woman who identifies as a "trans male":
What did Cody mean, [Anderson] asked, when [she] referred to [her] gender as abstract?
"Not one or the other," [Cody] said. "But also in, like, multiple other dimensions."
"A lot of the people I'm friends with experience gender more as like a specific vibe rather than a physical category," [she] went on. "One friend says that their gender is the same vibe as a raccoon. They're not saying that their gender is a raccoon. They're saying that their gender has the same, like, chaotic, dumpster vibes as raccoons."
"Dumpster?" Anderson asked. "What would the human version of that be like?"
"There isn't one; it's just the same chaotic energy that their gender has," Cody said. "Which is why it's, like, very hard to explain. It's just kind of like a dialect — a way to talk about gender that just kind of builds up within groups."
Yep. We're in big trouble, folks. And we haven't even seen the worst of it to come.
Anderson's very modest and belated move toward a more sane approach to transgenderism is, of course, a welcome development. But it's hardly sufficient, especially after years of helping build it up.
We're in it deep. We have a long way to go.
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