And here Walsh shows that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
Trans identity has risen among children exponentially in just the last five to ten years. We're talking about a ten or twentyfold increase, or more.
I don’t know the actual numbers, plus they vary between countries. I assume Walsh is talking about the US… but hey, he doesn’t state any source or what he’s specifically referring to, so it’s hard to verify it. Yay!
Anyway, I’ll even assume, for the sake of argument, that he’s correct here.
This is the result of deliberate indoctrination. There can be no other explanation. I'll explain why.
No, it isn’t. Yes, there can. Go ahead, make my day.
The Left says the increase in trans identity is illusory. They say that there were always this many trans people but they simply weren't comfortable coming out in the past. This claim is absurd on its face and doesn't pass the common sense test, but it's also self-contradictory
You sure this is the claim they make?
(I’m working with his generalization of ‘The Left’ here, which is also incorrect btw., as the left isn’t united when it comes to views of transness and trans rights)
I’ll tell you a secret: it ain’t just that they weren’t comfortable coming out. It’s that they didn’t necessarily know they were trans.
And before you triumphantly go all “Seee, indoctrination!!” at this, hold your horses. What has to be considered here is how being a gender or even sexual minority works in a very unaccepting environment.
Before recent times, trans people, and even other LGBTQ people to an extent, often knew nobody else like them. They were alone, surrounded by people unlike them who fit seemingly well into the majority. People who, they thought (often correctly), would never understand or accept them if they came out to these people. Even if they’re friends or family.
The idea of queerfolk being afraid of coming out and living their true life in these circumstances is something even Matt Walsh can understand.
But there’s an additional layer here that he (and many others) don’t get: in conditions of such enforced solitude and hiding who you are, ignorance also runs rampant. Simply put: how would you even know what you are?
Sure, you might know you’re different. You might even know it clearly… but there might not have been a word for it, or at least a term you’re aware of. Especially if you were transgender. You often didn’t even know other people like you exist.
So, you may have thought: “Something about me is just wrong. Maybe I’m just sick and deviant. It’s certainly nothing to be proud of, and I’m ashamed of it, so I’m not really inclined to explore it further.”
So what if I have a male body but feel like a woman and really want to be one? That’s just weakness. I’m just a sissy and a failure. Right?
So what if I have a female body but I feel like a man and really want to be one? That’s just because I’m chafing under the patriarchy and always wanted to do what the boys do and be free and live my full potential. Right?
So what if I’m a girl who can’t stand being with a man and have too intense feelings about women? Surely that’s just because they’re closer to my sensibilities and don’t scare me. Right? And maybe I just haven’t met the right man, even though thus far I haven’t been attracted to any of them. I’m sure it’ll happen any day now…
So what if I’m a guy who’s way too much into men? What am I going to do, screw them, even marry one? Hah, don’t make me laugh. That’s impossible, or unthinkable. I’ve always been taught that’s just plain wrong. I’m sure that the right woman will come along one day, and everything will be fine, I’ll be normal…
See what I mean?
When you’re a downtrodden minority, you don’t always even know your identity clearly. That’s why many LGBTQ people, especially transfolk, had a ‘moment of clarity’ when they realized what they really are. They had until then suffered from both lack of information and lack of acceptance. Oftentimes, these people just assumed they were of the default orientation / identity, just somehow weak, or tempted by sin, or having to fight perverted thoughts — basically, temporarily embarrassed cishets. Or they were just plain confused with what they felt, and not sure what to make of it or what to do about it.
Of course, some folks just always knew regardless… but not everyone figures it out as a young child. And that doesn’t make them any less valid.
Why? Because the Left ALSO says that if we do not "affirm" all of these children as trans, they will kill themselves. The worst form of emotional blackmail.
Wrong. You’re making an absurd strawman.
Firstly, no, they won’t all kill themselves. Some will. Some will make an attempt or several. Some will just be miserable. Some will try to cope in various ways.
Secondly, “affirmation” doesn’t mean an immediate “Here’s your hormones and let’s get you to surgery, stat!” There are procedures and therapies to pass first, the very ones you’re fighting vehemently to ban, by the way. Affirmation just means that we shouldn’t fight them when they claim they’re transgender, that we should try to give them mental support they need, and perhaps hormones and surgery if they want them, when it’s appropriate. So, not treating transition as a loss or tragedy.
But if you have things your way, Matt? Then yes, expect suicide attempts through the roof.
And yet, by their telling, there were MILLIONS of unaffirmed trans kids for decades and centuries before this. And yet there was never any epidemic of millions of kids killing themselves due to lack of affirmation.
None that you know of.
Until the 20th century, there was no possibility of medical transition. There was also no modern understanding or terminology for transness. A lot of potential suicides of trans people would go unnoticed, for several reasons:
a) limited details in record keeping
b) limited recognition of people as anything that we could connect with being transgender in those records
c) as a result, misattribution of causes of death
d) also, another type of potential misattribution was due to the stigma associated with suicide, especially back in the days when churches ruled the popular consciousness, and suicide was considered a mortal sin and a shame upon the whole family. Thus, not all suicides would be recorded as *suicides*.
Tracking the deaths of trans people is fraught with difficulty even today, in Western countries, let alone in much more repressed, ignorant and technologically primitive times.
No, the tragic epidemic of child suicide has happened ALONGSIDE the rapid increase in "affirmation." Which clearly shows that by "affirming" we are driving the suicide epidemic. Not the other way around. The trans agenda drags kids into despair and confusion and leaves them there
Citation needed, asshole.