|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on January 5, 2023 at 8:05 PM|
No Biological Evidence For ‘Gender Identity’ Exists, Group Of Scientists, Researchers Says
There is no scientific evidence for the existence of "gender identity," according to an international group of over 100 clinicians and researchers. This belief is often used as the basis for medical transition procedures for children and adolescents. The Society for Evidence-Based Gender Medicine (SEGM) has published an article that debunks various myths about the biological basis for "gender identity," including the idea that it is a fixed trait. In fact, studies have shown that a significant percentage of children who identify as transgender will no longer do so in adulthood, and may identify as gay instead.
SEGM has also criticized previous research on the topic, arguing that it has been marred by errors and overstated claims. For example, some studies have suggested that disorders of sexual development (DSD) somehow challenge the binary nature of sex, but SEGM argues that DSD has nothing to do with gender dysphoria. Other studies have examined the brains of transgender individuals in search of differences, but SEGM claims that these studies are flawed and do not account for confounding variables such as sexual orientation.
In contrast, early research on the brains of homosexuals found structural differences that resembled those of straight people of the opposite sex. However, more recent studies on the brains of transgender individuals have concluded that they resemble their chosen "gender identity" rather than their natal sex. SEGM argues that these studies have not adequately accounted for variables such as sexuality.
There is also a lack of scientific evidence to support the idea that medical transition procedures, such as hormone therapy and surgery, are effective treatments for gender dysphoria. While some individuals may experience temporary relief from dysphoria, there is a lack of long-term data on the effectiveness of these treatments. SEGM has called for more caution and skepticism in the use of medical transition procedures, particularly for children and adolescents.
Overall, the article from SEGM argues that the concept of "gender identity" lacks a scientific foundation and that the assumptions made about it have led to the medicalization of gender nonconformity. Instead of automatically offering medical transition procedures, SEGM suggests that clinicians should consider a range of approaches, including psychotherapy and social support.