Times change, of course. My intuition told me many months ago, that we had in fact, reached peak trans. (Due mostly on behalf of our newfound, collective understanding that some phenomena are in fact, hobbled religions--in a secular society that largely forgot what religion is. Hobbled, because nobody ever once asked, what demon is responsible for putting the X soul, in the Y body?) Activists always have the "drop" on the majority, and there is regularly some catching up to do. Normal people don't concern themselves about the extremities of things, but oft have to deal with them after they fester in the dark, emerging at some point to make their mark on the world. Normal people are those that try and get on with their lives, with the hand of cards that they have been dealt in life, in peace.
A few days ago, the "Tavi" was shuttered. Certainly, we can point towards a centralized healthcare system in the UK as being an important constituent of this outcome. In other countries, such as the USA, it is a decentralized system. Yet, there are out-and-proud detractors, in the USA. (Often for political reasons; do you see fear in them?) A highly politicized topic, from which no one who does need real consideration can benefit from. (Nor am I confident that any one clinician, or any of them, really--and I do hold a few of them in high scientific regard--have the requisite foresight to make a positive decision on behalf of a child.)
Yet, the heritage of DropTheT is... where? Shuttered. Same as the Tavistock. Shuttered. They had their agendas, and they met their respective ends. I welcome the shuttering of the Tavistock GIDS in many regards, but I would consider it entirely foolish to pretend that this is the end of those with life-long cross-sex wishes. What does that mean, for the individual? And I would ask you this: Is a good clinician one who concerns themselves with the good of the society, or the good of the person, in front of them?
If we could have only subtracted the activists from the considerations... Perhaps, activists, this is entirely your doing. A long look in the mirror, for you. A long, long look.
In some sort of halcyon future, that does study its own history, this would be a perfect ending. Things we can put in the "dustbin of history." Perhaps this is where we are. I would welcome that, but...
Galielo Galieli attracted the negative attention of the Church in 1616 and only in 1992 received what can be constituted as an apology. Recall what other heretical statements have been met by the Church with torture and death. I draw your attention to just the plain topic of heliocentrism for the moment.
Things come and go in fashion, and we can consider that we have made some sort of "progress," on the basis of individual ideas. Usually backed up with empirical fact. But if we do not have a value system--there are secular ones available--to guide us, then we are merely whims of the time.
Time is not an inherent moving window that reveals all truths of the past, ever marching forward. We have the technological means to put ourselves, suddenly, quite a bit backwards. Ideas have changed. People... people have not.
We're just as ready, today, to pursue the heretic. So this is my use of the word. Pathetic that there is no contribution beyond what is currently fashionable, whilst it is going out of fashion, yet, hiding?
I put forth the challenge:
One could just ask for their individual peace; I won't deliberately rob anybody of it. But for all of you who are different, this is your hand of cards. Not your choice. Never was. Never will be. Yet, sometimes in life, we have to do not what we want to do, but, what we are good at. Not just concern ourselves of that which robs us of our short-term peace. That's progress.