The email below is a prime example of the identity politics/trans political
correctness, school officials are being forced (by law) to evaluate. If every girl who cut her hair short and bemoaned male privilege when I was growing up, 70% (plus) of the female population would have come to the attention of a school mental health officials and diagnosed as transgender, including several HUGE TV/Film stars, including me. I commend the person who sent the email below, it takes great courage to go against the grain and do what is right for children even if what is right is against the masses.
I am new to your blog and I am especially interested in your posts regarding the implications of the APA transgender policies for mental health professionals.
I fear these policies may lead to mental health professionals jumping on the trans bandwagon unconditionally!
I am a mental health professional and recently, a mother brought her 7-year-old daughter in for evaluation because "she wants to be a boy", as well as other unrelated concerns, according to the mother.
Presenting concerns related to gender issues, according to the mother, were as follows: the client had recently cut her hair off very short; she reportedly exhibits behaviors that the mother feels are "not appropriate" for a girl such as fighting and "talking back" and refusing to wear "girly" clothes; and the client reportedly stated that she "wants to be a boy."The client stated that she "wants to be a boy" because it is "easier" and stated that her brother is allowed to do things she is not and that this is "not fair". She stated her brother does not get into trouble for the same stuff that she gets reprimanded for.
Based on the above information, as well as other information obtained during a complete evaluation, I determined that she does not actually have gender dysphoria; because her feelings/statements about "wanting to be a boy" are based on completely NORMAL feelings about the unfairness of being a girl in a male-oriented society.
Anyway, as a follow-up, it turned out that the mother stated on follow-up that she wanted disability income (SSI) and they wouldn't have gotten it for that diagnosis anyway!
a concerned medical professional