“Rapid onset gender dysphoria” and the principle of parsimony

Zinnia Jones

Someone once quoted Shakespeare to the philosopher W. V. O. Quine: “There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” The remark was meant as a put-down, a sort of “Yeah, what do you know?” To which Quine is said to have responded: “Possibly, but my concern is that there not be more things in my philosophy than are in heaven and earth.”

Chet Raymo

The principle of parsimony is a guideline in the formulation of scientific theories, stating that when many hypotheses are available to explain a given phenomenon, the simplest hypothesis with the fewest assumptions is preferable. Commonly phrased as Occam’s razor – “the simplest explanation is usually the correct one” – this principle cautions against adding unneeded complexity: “entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity”. This guidance encourages steering clear of constructing elaborate Rube Goldberg devices in the realm of theory, heaping on needless and extravagant ornamentation when simpler explanations will suffice to explain the evidence at hand. Continue reading

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“Rapid onset gender dysphoria” and misunderstanding comorbidity

Zinnia Jones

Proponents of the “rapid onset gender dysphoria” (ROGD) hoax diagnosis have a very peculiar understanding of comorbidity, the co-occurrence of two or more conditions. For example, untreated gender dysphoria is known to be often accompanied by conditions such as depression, anxiety, substance use, and suicidal ideation, while treatment via medical transition typically results in a reduction in these conditions.

ROGD proponents turn this entirely on its head: Continue reading

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“Rapid onset gender dysphoria” is not one thing: Mapping the claims of ROGD proponents

Zinnia Jones

“Rapid onset gender dysphoria” (ROGD) is a pseudoscientific hoax diagnosis developed and promoted since mid-2016 by a constellation of transphobic advocacy groups and affiliated individuals, primarily serving as a deliberately constructed excuse to invalidate the genders of trans adolescents, and more broadly used to delegitimize all trans people. The hypothesized condition is purported to be characterized by a “sudden” appearance of cross-gender identity among adolescents and young adults (usually trans boys), who allegedly did not exhibit prior signs of gender dysphoria, and are believed to have acquired their cross-gender identity due to “influence” from peers, media, and the internet, often due to a preexisting psychological vulnerability such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD. The website “Parents of ROGD Kids” describes this as follows: Continue reading

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Republicans Aren’t Counterculture; You’re Just Dicks

by Penny Robo

Young Republicans: You’re not counterculture, you’re just dicks.

When I saw the headline I was shocked. Being republican is counterculture? As I tried to wrap my head around this, I suddenly recalled another article from last year’s Pride Month, claiming that it’s easier to be gay than Republican.

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The Trans Agenda

by Penny Robo

With worrisome regularity, certain people seem to be under the impression that there’s a nefarious cadre working to further trans interests, a powerful and shadowy organization seeking to shut down radfems, traditionalists, and other “gender critical” fuckhats and the like. Continue reading

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