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The Teenage Brain

By Sallie Baxendale. Neuroscience: Decision Making and The Teenage Brain Although the legal system assigns the arbitrary age of 18 years to the onset of adulthood, sophisticated neuroimaging studies demonstrate that the human brain doesn’t actually stop developing until we reach our mid-twenties, a fact that is beginning to be recognised in the criminal justiceContinue reading “The Teenage Brain”

From Psychotherapist to Psycho-activist: How Therapy is Becoming Derailed

By VAL THOMAS. This is a public health warning: the seal on the tin labelled Counselling and Psychotherapy has been tampered with and the contents have become contaminated. Mainstream culture has been captured by Critical Social Justice, an ideology that prioritises group identity over the individual. The wholescale adoption of this belief system threatens to changeContinue reading “From Psychotherapist to Psycho-activist: How Therapy is Becoming Derailed”

Collision with Reality: What Depth Psychology Can Teach Us about Victimhood Culture and Teen Anxiety

By LISA MARCHIANO. When Carl Jung was a 12-year-old schoolboy, he was shoved to the ground by another child, hitting his head on the pavement, and nearly losing consciousness. Instantly, he grasped the opportunities created by this attack. ‘At the moment I felt the blow, the thought flashed through my mind: “Now you won’t haveContinue reading “Collision with Reality: What Depth Psychology Can Teach Us about Victimhood Culture and Teen Anxiety”

I Signed Up To Study Sexual Health. What I got Was Gender Ideology, Fetishism, and Porn

By TIM COURTOIS. I am not a conspiracy theorist. And as recently as a year and a half ago, if someone had told me the things I am reporting here, I would have accused them of paranoia. That was before I enrolled in a professional training program that I’d hoped would expand my skills as aContinue reading “I Signed Up To Study Sexual Health. What I got Was Gender Ideology, Fetishism, and Porn”

Latest podcast from GENDER: A WIDER LENS

45 – Helena Part 1: Social Justice, Fandoms & FtM Gay Boys Gender: A Wider Lens Podcast

This is Part 1 of a two-part conversation with Helena. She is a 23-year-old detransitioned woman, well-known on Twitter and YouTube for her insights into the FtM trans kid mindset. The self-described “gender apostate” shares her thoughts on ROGD’s relationship with critical social justice, fandom culture, “shipping,” and the extraordinary fascination many teenage girls have with young gay men. Links: Helena on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/lacroicsz (Twitter.com/lacroicsz)   Extended Notes: Helena is a detransitioned woman. She identified as a transgender man at 15, but by 19, she wanted to become a woman again. A little bit about Helena and her detransition journey. Before Helena started testosterone, she had this fantasy that not being female would be amazing. Helena was very isolated in her journey. Her ex, also a trans person, was against her detransitioning. As she was on this journey as a man, she was so tired of pretending to be masculine and wearing clothes that didn’t fit her body. What was it like psychologically to suppress Helena’s feminine side for so long? Has social justice affected or played a role in trans identity? Helena remembers reading things like, if you feel different than everybody else, it probably means you're trans. Teenagers are biologically more sensitive to social rejection from their peers, and they’ll do anything to fit in and belong. Whenever Helena was questioned about her new identity, she just thought they were just stuck in old beliefs and just wouldn’t listen. Helena explains what a trans medicalist is and shares her thoughts on the difference between non-binary people and trans people. What makes someone a cis girl or a cis boy or what really makes someone trans? The reasons are very superficial. Cis allies are finding it difficult to be allies to the transgender community because they’re being told their opinions don’t count. What is trans fandom all about? And what is “shipping” all about within this fandom culture? A lot of these “shipping” content has sexual undertones of gay pairings of common fictional characters. Growing up, it can get confusing. Men, that you’re basing your identity off of, are being written by teenage girls. Let’s talk about Tumblr and how these trans mood boards all originated. Helena remembers this internet time very fondly. She loved being on the “gay” side of the internet where it was all acceptable. Helena wishes there was a way people can indulge in their sexuality in a non-threatening way, but she also understands that too much of it can lead down the wrong path where it creates dysphoria. This podcast is partially sponsored by ReIME, Rethink Identity Medicine Ethics: https://rethinkime.org/ (Rethinkime.org) Learn more about our show: https://linktr.ee/WiderLensPod (Linktr.ee/WiderLensPod) Support this podcast
  1. 45 – Helena Part 1: Social Justice, Fandoms & FtM Gay Boys
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