Molly Carman
FRC’s Molly Carman seems confused and unable to distinguish between medical science and theology
via Family Research Council

“Any parent who would disregard the overwhelming consensus of medical science deserves to lose custody of their offspring.”

We (readers and I) have no clue who Molly Carman is except that she writes incoherent treatises for Family Research Council. Actually, we do know a few things. Carman is about 23 years of age and has been in the conservative Christian bubble for her adult life starting with her having attended a Christian college.

Carman has been a research assistant with Family Research Council since August, 2020. She has not come to my attention before.

Ms. Carman’s offering on Tuesday is titled: Why the Rush to “Reassign Gender”?. I have no clue why the phrase reassign gender is in quotes. Nor do I know why the closing quotation mark precedes the question mark.

Apparently this references a June video posted to Vimeo by Jennifer Lahl’s idiotic Center for Bioethics and Culture. Lahl, it seems, is a professional Catholic.

Gender reassignment? Transgender persons experience gender identity affirmation in contrast to gender reassignment. Are those not exact opposites? Were it possible to “reassign” gender identity then it is unlikely that any transgender persons would exist.

Gender reassignment is the goal of pseudoscientific conversion “therapy” practitioners. Their efforts presume to align someone’s gender identity to their natal sex in transgender to cisgender alchemy. According to the science, gender identity conversion efforts are futile and toxic.

Einstein once said that genius is rare but that stupidity is not thus limited. Here is proof:

In the past few years, there has been a sharp increase in pushing puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and reassignment surgeries on minors. But why the rush? Are there any associated health risks for children, and if so, what are they?

“None of this nonsense has anything whatsoever to do with the welfare of minors. That is pretext for defending ancient texts.”

First of all, Ms. Carman has no evidence to support her assertions of a “sharp increase.” While it is true that people are transitioning earlier in life (in accordance with the science), the total transgender population has been relatively consistent; estimated at about 0.5% to 0.6% of the population.

Secondly, no one is “pushing” anything. The kids are generally precocious. Parents are well informed. Doctors who specialize in this area are highly trained and very dedicated. Carman and Lahl would have people believe that minors and their parents are being coerced into transitioning. There is no evidence to support that contention.

Molly Carman was a theology major. Apparently she has yet to appreciate the fact that belief systems like religion are based on faith. Science, in contrast, is based on evidence

Furthermore, contrary to Carman’s claim, minors are not candidates for surgery. These people have a common trait: Intellectual incuriosity.

Furthermore, neither Molly Carman nor Jennifer Lahl have applicable medical training. They are not qualified to assess risks involved in any medical intervention. Moreover, they have no right to interfere in the combined judgment of patients, their parents and their clinicians. Even a trained medical professional would not do so unless they were acting as a Defender of the Faith™.

Succinctly:

Religious conservatives have no standing in the medical treatment of others. They should mind their place and stay the hell out of exam rooms.

Moreover, there is no “rush” to do anything. The goal of puberty blockers, for example, is to prevent the development of secondary sex characteristics. Administration of puberty blockers is a consideration for parents and kids months — even years — before the child reaches adolescence which is when the medication becomes available.

The formation of secondary sex characteristics creates additional distress for kids who are already especially vulnerable.

The reason that they try to convince people not to allow their children to obtain puberty blockers is to promote the Christian scheme of “watchful waiting” which means nothing at all. They are confused. “Wait and see” has no connection to medical science.

It is true that a majority of kids with gender dysphoria experience the condition abating in time. However — given that persistence is a direct function of the severity of the condition — those kids never transition and are not candidates for interventions in the first place.

“… the doctors who treat these kids are … highly trained and dedicated. Furthermore, I can find no evidence of litigation against these practitioners.”

Therefore, “wait and see” will not increase the percentage of natural desisters. However, it will make more severely affected kids very miserable. It has the potential to lead to self-harm. Kids who are supported in their gender identity thrive. Kids who are not supported experience considerably more distress. Pubertal suppression reduces self-harm ideation.

Overall dishonesty

None of this nonsense has anything whatsoever to do with the welfare of minors. That is pretext for defending ancient texts and Christian doctrine based on those same ancient texts.

Based upon the video Molly Carman opines

The conclusion? “Medical gender reassignment is not enough to improve functioning and relieve psychiatric comorbidities among adolescents with gender dysphoria.” Most of the child candidates for gender transition do not actually suffer from the medical condition known as gender dysphoria. Instead, they are being pressured and encouraged to consider transitioning by adults.

They like to mention “comorbidities.” It sounds scientific. It is actually sophomoric attempt to suggest that there are underlying causes of gender dysphoria. Find the underlying cause and, voila-abra-cadabra, no trans persons exist to contradict scripture.

The idea that most children who transition do not have gender dysphoria is staggeringly stupid. Kids don’t subject themselves to intense ridicule for the hell of it. Once again, the claim lacks evidence.

Furthermore, the notion that kids are pressured to transition by adults is equally moronic and not based on any evidence.

Parental pressure?

First of all, parents are neither negligent nor stupid. Moreover, all parents would prefer to have cisgender children. It seems highly unlikely that any parent wants to influence their offspring to be transgender.

Some religious idiots are willing to sacrifice the health of their children because of religious teachings.”

Secondly, parents are smart enough to get a professional diagnosis. Furthermore, they are likely to get a second opinion. For any of this bullshit to be true, diagnoses would have to be corrupt. Furthermore, the people who diagnose gender dysphoria have no vested interest in doing so. There is neither an economic nor professional incentive.

I want to see a parent or any adult successfully convince a cisgender boy to wear a dress to school. The proposition is preposterous.

Finally, the doctors who treat these kids are (as I said) highly trained and dedicated. Furthermore, I can find no evidence of litigation against these practitioners.

So just to summarize, for any of these allegations to be true:

  • The doctors who diagnose pediatric gender dysphoria are either corrupt or incompetent, plus:
  • Doctors are treating pediatric gender dysphoria without a proper diagnosis, plus:
  • Those same doctors are evil, plus:
  • The parents of the kids being treated are stupid, plus:
  • Those same parents would prefer to have a transgender child over a cisgender child, plus:
  • The kids themselves would agree to a medical intervention that they do not want and that will subject them to intense ridicule and bullying.
Which is more likely? All of the above being true or religious conservatives defending scripture? Does the claim of adult pressure make any sense at all?

One mother said a doctor told her, “Would you rather have a live son or a dead daughter?”

“… if these two gentlemen have anything of value to say then it should be submitted to a reputable academic journal and subjected to robust peer review.”

Were I a physician encountering a kid in severe distress with a diagnosis (which requires at least six months of significant distress) I would do everything I could to encourage parents to adhere to the science which is expressed as the clinical practice standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Some religious idiots are willing to sacrifice the health of their children because of religious teachings. Coercion to transition does not exist. However, coercion not to transition is a reality. The willful ignorance is induced by miscreants like Jennifer Lahl and Molly Carman.

And what the hell is a parent doing in a faux documentary? Surely, she is a Christian conservative who does not approve of transgender kids.

Following the prior quote:

However, in an article entitled “Suicide or Transition: The Only Options for Gender Dysphoric Kids?,” doctors of psychology J. Michael Bailey and Ray Blanchard write, “[T]he best scientific evidence suggests that gender transition is not necessarily to prevent suicide…

I wonder if Carman means “necessary” rather than “necessarily.”

As for that “article,” it is not in an academic journal but a trans-denial website. Therefore, it is not peer-reviewed. Furthermore J. Michael Bailey is part of a trans denial group (fancy title but revenues less than $50,000). Bailey is no dummy and he has produced good science regarding sexual orientation. However, he has had transgender issues for some time.

“… pubertal suppression for transgender adolescents who want this treatment is associated with favorable mental health outcomes.”

Ray Blanchard is part of a transgender denying enterprise (GDWorkingGroup) which served as the basis for the group that Bailey is part of. I once traced GDWorkingGroup to anti-trans crackpot Dr. Michael K. Laidlaw (who has been very quiet of late).

Bottom line: I should not argue ad hominem. However, if these two gentlemen have anything of value to say then it should be submitted to a reputable academic journal and subjected to robust peer review. An anonymous website is not a credible source for scientific information.

A woman with no scientific training claims to know a great deal about science:

While the evidence doesn’t show gender transition decreasing the likelihood of suicide, the evidence does show the destructive side effects of taking hormones or puberty blockers, especially for minors.

There is a mountain of evidence through peer-reviewed research published to reputable academic journals that Carman has conveniently ignored. At the risk of repeating myself:

  • Children who are supported in their gender identity thrive. They have levels of anxiety and depress at, or near, their cisgender peers. That correlates directly to a reduction of self-harm:
    Transgender children showed no elevations in depression and slightly elevated anxiety relative to population averages. They did not differ from the control groups on depression symptoms and had only marginally higher anxiety symptoms.
  • Pubertal suppression for trans youth reduces suicide ideation:
    … pubertal suppression for transgender adolescents who want this treatment is associated with favorable mental health outcomes.

Got any more bullshit to spread Ms. Carman?

“Pubertal suppression helps transgender adolescents avoid distressing and even traumatic experiences in life …”

Let me be clear. My reaction to Carman is not the result of disagreement. My reaction is the result of Carman assuming erudition that she simply does not have. Later on this becomes even more apparent:

While many “gender-affirming” doctors and therapists say that puberty blockers are reversible, they are not. More likely than not, the child will be rendered infertile because their reproductive system will never develop properly. Among other concerns, these puberty-blocking drugs increase the risk of blood clots, strokes, heart problems, and reproductive organ function.

From whose ass did Carman pull out the false claim that the administration of GnRHa is not reversible. Moreover, there is no connection between puberty blockers and fertility. According to the Endocrine Society, the experts in this area:

Medical intervention for transgender youth and adults (including puberty suppression, hormone therapy and medically indicated surgery) is effective, relatively safe (when appropriately monitored), and has been established as the standard of care.

Furthermore:

This treatment, which is reversible, gives adolescents more time to explore their options. Pubertal suppression helps transgender adolescents avoid distressing and even traumatic experiences in life, and may help some avoid undergoing surgical procedures later in life.

And while I am at it:

As pediatricians and pediatric endocrinologists, we strongly oppose public discourse that misrepresents and contradicts evidence-based standard of care recommendations and risks the well-being of transgender youth and their families.

“Any parent who would disregard the overwhelming consensus of medical science deserves to lose custody of their offspring.”

These imbeciles are contagious:

One mother who is not affirming her daughter’s transition said, “The reason I am being difficult in this is not because I don’t love her. It is because I love her so much that I am willing to take on this whole ideology just to protect her from potentially making an irreversible decision in her future. And even if that means she wants to hate me and she doesn’t want to talk to me, I love her enough that I’m willing to keep fighting for her.”

Anyone who refers to gender-affirming care as an “ideology” is a superstitious fool desperately in need of deprogramming. The idiot is not “fighting for” her child. She is fighting for scripture; fighting for herself.

Any parent who would disregard the overwhelming consensus of medical science deserves to lose custody of their offspring. There is an upside to that. Then the parent can claim Christian victimhood which is just so terribly satisfying.

Vomit:

The fight against the transgender agenda is a fight to protect the hearts, minds, bodies, and souls of the next generation. Minors are being sterilized, mutilated, abused, and brainwashed, and these abhorrent actions must be brought to justice.

  1. Evidence-based medical science does not constitute an agenda.
  2. These people don’t give a rat’s ass about kids with a medical condition. Their concerns are limited to defending religious dogma and politics.
  3. Promoting the notion that parents are allowing their children to be abused is shameful. Moreover, it is not substantiated by any evidence.
  4. Who should be “brought to justice?” Parents? Clinicians adhering to the best medical science available?
  5. Why should they be “brought to justice?” Because some religious crackpots disapprove of trans youth?

My late mother had an expression which was probably a rough translation from Yiddish: “Some people are determined to be fools.”

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.