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The well-loved American Girl brand is facing backlash after it was revealed that one of its books, aimed at girls aged 8 to 11, promotes experimental puberty blockers, and suggests that girls in the target audience are old enough to know for sure that they’re transgender or non-binary.
A section of the “Smart Girl’s Guide: Body Image” is devoted to promoting gender identity ideology to young girls. “Being transgender is not an illness,” girls are told. “If you’re questioning your gender identity – or if you already know for sure that you’re trans or nonbinary – talk with an adult you trust, like a parent or school counselor.”
A trip to the doctor is advised, even though the girls have just been told that being transgender isn’t an illness, and then the guide goes on to encourage social transition, suggesting a change of name and pronouns to “make you feel most like the true you.”
Many experts now advise against social transition for young people who are still in the stage of identity development. All research to date shows that if children with gender dysphoria are not socially or medically transitioned most will desist and no longer desire medical transition.
However, recent studies have shown that almost all children who are affirmed in their transgender identity, and allowed to change their name and pronouns, will go on to medically transition, therefore making social transition a powerful psychotherapeutic intervention that locks the gender identity into the child’s mind.
After promoting social transition, the guide aimed at girls as young as 8 goes on to promote experimental puberty suppression with drugs used to chemically castrate sex offenders.
“If you haven’t gone through puberty yet, the doctor might offer medicine to delay your body’s changes, giving you more time to think about your gender identity,” says the uninformed author of the book, Mel Hammond.
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