Sex change in children: « We can no longer remain silent in the face of a serious drift ».
Aproximately fifty French psychologists, doctors and intellectuals denounce an « ideological hold on children’s bodies » exerted in the name of the emancipation of the « transgender child ».
By Céline Masson, Caroline Eliacheff, Sylvie Quesemand Zucca, Elisabeth Badinter, Chantal Delsol, Christine Le Doaré, Catherine Dolto, Xavier Emmanuelli…
Published on 20/09/2021 in L’EXPRESS
The signatories, associated with the Observatory of Ideological Discourses on Children and Adolescents, a collective of child professionals and researchers (doctors, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, jurists, judges, teachers from the French National Education system, philosophers, sociologists…), fifty or so personalities are protesting the current discourse on the « self-determination » of children, which they believe legitimizes a strong increase in requests for sex change, especially among teenagers.
We can no longer remain silent about what appears to us as a serious drift committed in the name of the emancipation of the « transgender child » (the one who declares not having been born in the « right body »). On the argument of only feelings erected in truth, radical speeches legitimize the requests of sex change. But it is at the price of a lifelong medical or even surgical treatment (removal of breasts or testicles) on children or teenagers’ bodies. It is this phenomenon and its high media profile that we are concerned about, not the choices of transgender adults.
Perhaps thinking it might provide an answer, the Scottish government has issued new LGBT inclusion guidelines since August 12, according to which children from the age of primary school entry will be able to change their names and gender at school without their parents’ consent and even without their parents being informed if the child requests it.
Children are made to believe that a girl could become a boy and vice versa because they have decided to do so without the advice of adults, and this is happening at an increasingly young age.
What is happening in neighbouring nations could very quickly happen in France: the protean diffusion of these beliefs has resulted in a considerable inflation of requests for sex change among children and more particularly among teenagers. According to Jean Chambry, a child psychiatrist in charge of the CIAPA (Intersectoral Reception Center for Adolescents in Paris), about ten years ago, there were about ten requests per year; in 2020, there will be ten requests per month (only for the Ile-de-France region). He talks about a worrying acceleration of medical responses to these transition requests.
Trivialized discourses claim that we could do without the biological reality, the sexual difference between men and women, in favor of chosen singularities based on « feelings » alone. These misleading speeches are transmitted on social networks where many teenagers in search of identity come to look for solutions to their malaise. In the name of « self-determination » – a slogan that appeals to all progressives – children and teenagers are convinced that they can change their sex with the help of hormonal treatments or even mutilating surgery. This rhetoric, spread by activists in many Western countries, uses fallacies designed to deceive.
How did we get here? And do we (still) have the right to react without being insulted or threatened? How would these rights to self-determination be a fulfilling progress? This phenomenon, the « transgender child », is in reality a contemporary mystification that must be vigorously denounced because it is a matter of ideological embrigadement. They would like us to believe that in the name of the well-being and freedom of each person, a child, freed from the agreement of his « reactionary » parents, would be able to « choose » his so-called « gender identity ».
But the child is a being in construction, its becoming is in constant evolution before arriving at a stage of maturity. There is unanimity on the subject between neuroscientists, developmentalists, psychoanalysts, child psychiatrists, pediatricians and all specialists in early childhood.
The child, and even more so the teenager, is subjected to a hold that leads to mental destabilization, a rupture with the family if it does not support the child and all those who refuse to share its point of view.
This hold generates an anti-social and accusatory discourse, a specific idiom or even a « newspeak » imposed on those around them. The speech of these young people is often stereotyped as if they had lost all critical thinking (which is a characteristic of the hold).
The impeding commodification of children’s bodies
We denounce this abduction of childhood. It is urgent today to inform the greatest number of citizens, of all professions, of all sides, of all ages, about what could appear tomorrow as one of the greatest sanitary and ethical scandals, that we would have watched happen without a word: the commodification of children’s bodies. Because by persuading these children that they have been « assigned » a sex at birth, and that they can freely change it, we make them into lifelong patients: lifelong consumers of hormonal chemicals marketed by pharmaceutical companies, recurrent consumers of more and more surgical operations in the pursuit of the chimerical dream of a fantasized body. Currently, countries that were in favor of medical transition before the age of majority, prohibit hormone treatments for minors (Sweden, the United Kingdom and some states in the USA…).
This dogmatism leads to great confusion, so much so that no one knows how to act and raise their voice, often for fear of certain LGBTQI+ associations. But this acronym covers very different people, some of whom are worried like us about the current drifts. Many of them are subjected to the law of silence that reigns in this environment. The Swedish documentary The Trans Train (https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x770h8o) shows how young adults, left to their solitude and threatened if they speak publicly, declare that they have been pressured by their trans community when they have expressed doubts or « detransitioned » (*).
Confusion reigns, largely maintained for the purpose of manipulations affecting humanity in its deepest substratum: its evolution, its temporality, its wanderings and its doubts. In the name of the rejection of an alleged assignment of sex, we are in the process of witnessing, embarrassed and without understanding anything, an assignment of identity. Thus Claude of the « Club des Cinq » books series, formerly called a « tomboy », is presented today as transgender. We could laugh about it if it were not symptomatic of our time struck by political radicalisms which preempt any debate.
No, definitely, in the name of the protection of children we cannot remain silent anymore! We refuse that, in the name of « human rights », we should challenge this common base – the universalism of rights – which constitutes the foundation of humanity.
* « Detransitioners » are young people who regret their process of social and/or medical transition which appears to them as a wrong answer to their questions or their malaise.
Nicole Athéa (endocrinologist-gynecologist), Elisabeth Badinter (philosopher), Anne-Laure Boch (neurosurgeon, Hôpital de la Salpêtrière), Thierry Baranger (honorary magistrate, former president of the Paris and Bobigny juvenile courts), Marie-Jo Bonnet (historian, writer), Jean-François Braunstein (philosopher, professor at the University of Panthéon-Sorbonne), Anna Cognet (clinical psychologist) Alain Cornec (lawyer), Laurence Croix (lecturer, University of Nanterre), Chantal Delsol (philosopher, member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences), Bernard Devauchelle, (professor of medicine and head of the maxillofacial surgery department of the CHU of Amiens), Marie Josèphe Devillers (feminist lesbian activist), Christine Le Doaré (lawyer, feminist activist), Catherine Dolto, (haptotherapist), Corinne Ehrenberg (psychoanalyst), Caroline Eliacheff (child psychiatrist, psychoanalyst), Xavier Emmanuelli (doctor, president of the Samu Social International), Nicole Farges (psychologist, psychoanalyst), Natalie Felzenszwalbe (honorary lawyer), Isabelle Ferrari (co-founder AMQG (Measured approach of the questionings of gender in the young people) in Geneva), Christian Flavigny (child psychiatrist, Christian Flavigny (child psychiatrist, psychoanalyst), Esther Fouchier (president of the Mediterranean Women’s Forum), Pascale Fourcade (psychiatrist), René Frydman (professor of medicine), Delphine Girard (professor of classical literature in secondary schools, secular activist), Bernard Golse (child psychiatrist, psychoanalyst (APF), professor emeritus of child and adolescent psychiatry, University of Paris), Julie Gosselin (computer scientist, feminist), Nadia Guenet (director of the radio program « la révolution sera féministe »), Liliane Kandel (sociologist, feminist, member of the editorial board of the Temps modernes), Annick Karsenty (president of the Association « femmes solidaires » in Marseille), Aaron Kimberly (Gender Dysphoria Alliance, Canada), Frédérique Kuttenn (former head of the endocrinology and reproductive medicine department at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital), Rhadija Lamrani Tissot (psychoanalyst, linguist), Jean-Pierre Lebrun (psychiatrist, psychoanalyst), Manuel Maidenberg (pediatrician), Danièle Manesse (linguist, researcher in language didactics, Sorbonne-Nouvelle University), Céline Masson (university professor), Martine de Maximy (honorary magistrate, former judge of children), Isabelle de Mecquenem (professor of philosophy, member of the council of wise men of secularism), Scott Newgent (TReVoices), Sylvie Quesemand Zucca (doctor, psychiatrist), Gérard Rabinovitch (philosopher, sociologist), Jean-Pierre Rosenczveig (former president of the Bobigny Children’s Court), Hana Rottman (pediatrician, child psychiatrist), Olivia Sarton (lawyer), Dominique Schnapper (sociologist, political scientist), Myriam Szejer (child psychiatrist), Sonia Timsit (psychiatrist, psychoanalyst), Claire Squires (lecturer, University of Paris), Samuel Veissière (anthropologist and professor of transcultural psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal), Jean-Pierre Winter (psychoanalyst), WHRC-France (Women Human Rights Campaign (Gender-based Rights).