Public Discourse is an online journal of the Witherspoon Institute, a 501(c)3 research center located in Princeton, New Jersey. Public Discourse seeks to “enhance public understanding of the moral foundations of free societies” and unite under the idea that, “truth exists, is knowable, and should inform politics and culture.”
Sex Change: Physically Impossible, Psychosocially Unhelpful, and Philosophically Misguided
Modern medicine can’t reassign sex physically and attempting to do so doesn’t produce good outcomes psychosocially. Here is the evidence.
“Sex Change” Surgery: What Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer, and You Should Know
The dark and troubling history of the contemporary transgender movement, with its enthusiastic approval of gender-reassignment surgery, has left a trail of misery in its wake.
Physical Interventions on the Bodies of Children to “Affirm” their “Gender Identity” Violate Sound Medial Ethics and Should be Prohibited
Rather than teaching children to identify based on how well they fit prevailing cultural expectations on sex, we should be teaching them that the truth of their sexual identity is based on their bodies, and that sometimes cultural associations attached to the sexes are misguided or simply too narrow. There is a wonderfully rich array of ways of expressing one’s embodiment as male or female.
Suicidal Sweet Sixteen: A Reflection on Trans Youth Medicine
Today, white-coated professionals tell parents of children with gender dysphoria: affirm your child’s trans identity right away or prepare for suicide. Are those really the only two options? For a movement that decries the binary, its commitment to this false dichotomy is relentless.