More Anti-Science to Defend Transgender Orthodoxy

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The Left is anti-science by, among other strategies, only allowing research that they think will lead to results of which they approve.

You get anti-science when scientific investigation is discouraged or prohibited because a group fears scientific conclusions that contradict their fantasy. Not only do Leftist institutions embrace anti-science, but they openly acknowledge that open science means they will get attacked by Leftists groups. They will be “protested.”

Thus, we now have to be suspicious of all “science” that favors transgenderism.

Walt Heyer writes at The Federalist about a recent instance of anti-science: “University Refuses Research On Growing Numbers Of Trans People Who Want To Go Back.”

In late September, the United Kingdom’s Bath Spa University turned down an application by James Caspian, a psychotherapist who specializes in working with transgender people, to conduct research on gender reassignment reversals. The university deemed the subject “potentially politically incorrect.”

Caspian is hardly someone to be considered against gender change. Since 2001, Caspian has worked extensively with gender variant people and has been a trustee of a UK charity “dedicated to education about and support of transgendered, transsexual and cross-dressing individuals.”

Caspian’s interest in reversals germinated in a conversation in 2014 with Dr. Miroslav Djordjevic, a leading genital reconstructive surgeon based in Belgrade with years of experience in gender reassignment surgery. Djordjevic told Caspian of the uptick in requests to his clinic for reversal surgery from men who had previously transitioned to female (known as “transwomen”). Djordjevic received his first request to undo the previous male-to-female surgery and recreate male genitalia in 2012. Within six months, six more transwomen had sought out his expertise for surgical reversal of gender reassignment.

Djordjevic, an award-winning researcher with several hundred papers published in peer-reviewed journals, books, and abstracts, and a professor of urology and surgery, lamented to Caspian about the lack of academic study on the subject of reversal. So Caspian decided to take up such a study. The university approved Caspian’s research project at first, and he began preliminary investigation.

“I found it very difficult to get people willing to talk openly about the experience of reversing surgery,” Caspian said. “They said they felt too traumatized to talk about it, which made me think we really need to do the research even more.”

Caspian’s preliminary findings suggested a growing number of young people—particularly young women transitioning to men—were having regrets. When he provided a detailed proposal to the university, he was told that it must be submitted to the ethics committee. The committee rejected his research proposal, citing concerns over potential criticism towards the university. The university is currently investigating the matter.

Read the full Federalist post.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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