Queering the NSPCC? Part Five: Trans Puberty Myths

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children dates back well over a century.  It was granted a Royal Charter, by Queen Victoria, in 1895.  The NSPCC is the only UK charity which has been granted statutory powers under the Children Act 1989, allowing it to apply for care and supervision orders for children at risk.  Childline, the charity founded by Esther Rantzen, became part of the NSPCC in 2006.

Trans Puberty Myths

This episode features an interview with Charlie Martin, who is an adult transitioner, YouTuber and racing driver. Alongside Charlie is Alex Bertie, who is also YouTuber who covered their transition on line.  

You can watch it Here

You can read a transcript here: Trans Puberty Myths

Right off the bat the intervewer uses the phrase “Gender assigned at birth”.  Once again!  Nobody is assigned a Gender at birth. Sex is observed and recorded. The number of people, where there is any ambiguity , necessitating an “assigned sex” is infinitesimally small. These are people with differences/disorders of sexual development (DSDs), sometimes referred to as Intersex. The latter nomenclature has fallen out of favour because it others sufferers as somehow outside of the sex binary. In fact the various conditions are all associated with either the male or female sex.

To provide further clarity it is important that people avoid confusing people with DSDs  with people who reject their birth sex. The rate of chromosomal abnormalities in the trans community is no more significant than in society at large. Research conducted, in the U.K. , resulted in the abandonment of Karyotype tests, to identify these conditions, in referrals to Gender Identity Clinics.. Quote below 👇. Full article  Here

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The interviewer commences by highlighting how puberty is worse for “trans” people. At face value this seems a reasonable assumption. Presumably, if you believe you are about to enter a “wrong puberty” it could  exacerbate pubertal distress, or, arguably, displace it.   I would have  liked to have seen more emphasis on the fact that struggling with a female puberty is hardly rare. Dealing with the onset of menstruation/ budding breasts is a difficult time for *ALL* females. It is perfectly normal to struggle with puberty and to feel at odds with your sexed body.  This cannot be over-emphasised. I have seen more than one de-transitioned female wish they had known this was something many other girls experienced. 

The interviewer is  also dangerously quick to highlight that blocking puberty is an option. Additionally, after this statement, 👇 they even highlight options to change GP if they are not sympathetic (acquiescent?) with  access medical intervention.  We are not talking about smarties here! This is a very serious medical intervention with irreversible consequences. 

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Neither Alex or Charlie had their puberty blocked,  Alex presents puberty blocking drugs  as something  you can simply stop taking and changes will resume. In fact virtually all children put on puberty blockers don’t go back, they invariably progress to cross sex hormones.  This is a medical experiment. We have never before blocked a natural puberty in its entirety.  

Both Charlie and Alex are keen to dispel any connection between your “gender” and your sexuality.  Both profess to be  fluid about their sexual orientation according to their YouTube channels. Alex presents an episode on whether they are Gay.  Starts off identifying as bisexual because they had dated males and females. They then  had a long relationship with a girl so identified as a Lesbian.  Once they discovered their trans identity they briefly identified as straight. They then reverted to bisexual until they discovered pansexual. (Attraction to all “genders” and more politically acceptable than implying sex plays a role in your attraction). Here is the YouTube:   Am I gay?

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Alex seems to have had one long relationship with another trans man i.e. a female.  Latterly, post testosterone & double mastectomy they report dating “cis guys” . Interestingly they seem to only lose the power of speech around an attractive girl.   Here is a link to their YouTube where  they talkabo ut their experience on Grindr, a dating site for homosexual males.  Alex reports having the  weird experience of being asked about their genitals by Gay men.  I remember the days when we used to think it was “weird” for females to assume gay men should include them in their dating pools.  Link here.  I’m Dating

Charlie Martin’s YouTube is similarly of a sexually fluid nature.  Pre-Sexual Reassignment surgery they report only being attracted to “girls”. Post SRS they report that their sexual encounters, so far, had been with males.  This is not uncommon in later transitioners with a background (and present) in stereotypically masculine pursuits. Early reports of validation by men flirting with Charlie, as a women, are not uncommon in this section of the Trans community.  There is a fine line between needing validation , as a woman, and re-orienting your sexuality around that need, Could that explain the fluid sexuality? 

The reiterated claim that gender is entirely disconnected from your sexuality suits a particular trans-narrative. 👇. It seems harmless until it challenges  same sex orientation and the idea that restricting your dating pool to your own sex is “transphobic” .  If you are unfamiliar with this idea search #CottonCeiling.  There used to be a straight male joke about really being a “Lesbian”. Sadly this is now a common feature on Lesbian dating apps who are awash with Zero Effort Trans “male Lesbians”. 

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There follows an interesting discussion about whether there is such a thing as male or female pursuits. Mermaids, a Trans Charity for children, has only recently disavowed the notion that toy preferences can indicate you may be trans. This idea does permeates Gender Identity Ideology.  You can read more about this here

Charlie tells us they had typical preferences for boys,  Alex tells us he only felt the need to reject anything considered “girly” to avoid sowing doubt about their “trans status” in their parents minds.  👇

As we all know Gender is largely a performance.  The stakes, however, are higher if you are permanently required to deny your sex and convince onlookers to play along with the illusion.  Charlie’s YouTube offers and interesting perspective from the point of view of a self-proclaimed “uber masculine” male and their journey to finding their female identity.  Well worth a look at their content to get some insight as to how “women” are assumed to feel.  Expect lots of references to make-up, shopping, and girly nights out complete with joint visits to the Ladies Loo! here

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