Does the science prove this is true?

Does the science prove this is true?

We’ve been told various things about human sexuality in the 21st century, and it’s what those activists who have been trying to get laws changed and policies made have said was the absolute truth. They’ve presented it, however, without much evidence at all, if any. But now, an examination of over 200 peer-reviewed studies in the biological, psychological, and social sciences, done by two of the nation’s leading scholars on mental health and sexuality, have determined that these claims are just not backed up by the science.

We need more information, but in the meantime, we’re making public policy based on very incomplete data.

Mentioned links:

Almost Everything the Media Tell You About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Is Wrong

Sexuality and Gender – Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences

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Show transcript

Homosexuality is a trait you’re born with and doesn’t change. Gender identity is also something that is a part of you separate from biological gender, and is likewise unchangeable.  Thus, if you have homosexual or transgender thoughts or actions as a child, that is not going to change as you grow older. And finally, mental health problems experienced by non-heterosexual or trans-gendered people are adequately explained by the discrimination they face.

This is what we’ve been told, and it’s what those activists who have been trying to get laws changed and policies made have said was the absolute truth. They’ve presented it, however, without much evidence at all, if any. But now, an examination of over 200 peer-reviewed studies in the biological, psychological, and social sciences, done by two of the nation’s leading scholars on mental health and sexuality, have determined that these claims are just not backed up by the science. One of these men, who was psychiatrist-in-chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for 25 years, himself halted gender reassignment surgeries at Johns Hopkins after a study there showed that the benefits of that surgery just weren’t happening.

Essentially what this study says is that all the laws we’ve enacted, and cultural changes we’ve created, are not based on science, even though those pushing for those changes have insisted it was.  Let’s look at some of the conclusions.

Some parents of children who express some cross-gendered identification have been quick to consider those children trans-gendered, and in some cases have started reassignment surgery while they were still very young. However, what this study found is that only a minority of children who experience this keep that thought into adolescence or adulthood. Basically we have to understand that these are … children! Today, the boy wants to be a girl. Tomorrow he may want to be a dinosaur. Scientifically speaking, this is called “neuroplasticity”; the fact that our brains do change over time, mostly in childhood, but also throughout our lives. In common parlance, the idea that “he’ll grow out of it” is more than likely true. The continuation in these thoughts beyond childhood could easily be more a function of what the parents do than what the child thinks.

And let’s think a bit more about this. It is the Left that, generally, is pushing these ideas about sexual identity that is different from the biological one. They are also the ones who believe that gender norms are bad and do everything in their power to push the narrative that men and women are basically the same in every way. They are the ones that say we should not consider certain behaviors or preferences inherently male or female. If a boy wants to play with dolls and wear pink, he ought to. But then, at the same time, they take these same behaviors and say that the boy is really a girl. They assume these gender norms so that they can then draw a conclusion about a child’s sexuality. When kids as young as 2 years old are being proclaimed the opposite gender, what else do they have to go on? They hate the assumptions, but then use those assumptions to make even more assumptions. Is this the new “scientific method”?

Then there is the common idea that your sexual preference or your gender identity is something that you’re born with. Well, with apologies to Lady Gaga, the idea that you’re “born this way” is just not supported by the science. There’s that alleged “gay gene” that we keep hearing they’re looking for, but haven’t found yet, and this study confirms that no other study has found it, either. Neither have they found one for gender identity. And yet the claim is taken as fact by activists, and policy is made as though it were.

What they did find is that non-heterosexuals were more likely to have been abused by their parents while growing up. This is not discussed much, because it goes against the narrative that they were this way from birth. Further, there is the claim that non-heterosexual people have a higher rate of mental illness issues because of the abuse they get for being non-heterosexual. It is true that they do experience a significantly higher rate of abuse from society, but does that cause those issues? Are these higher incidents of depression and suicide completely explained by the abuse? This study says that social stigma and stress alone cannot account for the poor physical and mental health outcomes that LGBT-identified people face. We should certainly treat them better – I think we can all agree on that – but there is more going on here.

And ultimately that is what this study is getting at; the scientific proof is just not there. Many studies have been done, but not enough has been learned to make these sorts of truth claims. This spills over into the political when people like Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy write court opinions that say that people are indeed born that way, and that it is “immutable”, and then make constitutional rulings based on that. The same-sex marriage ruling was about the definition of marriage, but scientifically unsound reasoning was used to justify changing that definition.

Basically, what this study is pointing out is how little we know about human sexuality, based on 200 studies have already been done. More study needs to be done, but, just as with climate change, the human sexuality science is “settled” for too many people in positions of power. But their desire for cultural change is so intense, that they are taking incomplete data and drawing conclusions that they have no business drawing, and then forming public policy based on it. This from those who, ironically, call themselves “pro-science”.

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