With many teen girls identifying as trans, Abigail Shrier shares her views on this matter
There has been a substantial rise in the number of people who identify as trans. A decade ago, studies showed gender dysphoria amongst females was 0.002% to 0.003%. However, these stats have increased by 1000%.
The author of "Irreversible Damage", Abigail Shrier, states that there’s a distinct possibility that this rise in numbers may be a social contagion.
Here's more on this author’s views.
Abigail Shrier and her views
Abigail Shrier shares that statistics show that 2% of high school students in America identify as transgender, and most of these are teenage girls.
She adds that the number of females interested in gender surgery quadrupled between 2016 and 2017. Abigail shares that before 2012 there wasn’t any scientific or medical literature mentioning adolescent girls wanting to change their sex. She adds that this change is often driven by gender dysphoria.
In 2016, Brown University public health researcher Lisa Littman began studying the sudden spike in trans identification of teenage girls. Lisa Littman concluded that social media and peers played a huge role in this.
Popular influencers on social media often persist that if teens are uncomfortable in their bodies, they might be trans. As a result, many young girls look at gender transition as a solution to their insecurities or discomfort.
Moreover, their decision has been made easier for these teens through various ways, such as gender clinics. For instance, teen girls can get a mastectomy without showing any therapist notes or their parent's acknowledgment.
Abigail Shrier states that most people make this decision on an impulse, but various testimonials from trans teens on YouTube warn other teens to think it through.
This is because these girls are young, unaware of their identity, and are often influenced by what they see.
What can parents do about this matter?
Abigail Shrier shares her views that parents can help their teens by:
- Limiting their social media exposure as it affects their mental health.
- Understanding that teens are young and will take time to learn more about their identity.
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