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To be fair, not drinking alcohol when you're younger is less of a trust thing and more a matter of your brain still developing and the negative effects alcohol can have on said development. Still kinda arbitrary since your brain doesn't really finish developing for these purposes until 25, so 21 is still a pretty arbitrary point.
Yeah that's nothing like hormone therapy at the ripe old age of 12, which is definitely safe
It is safe
It's not like endocrinologists just throw **** together and hope it works. They've done the studies, they've researched, and there simply isn't any unexpected negatives.
By unexpected, I mean that there are certain harms which are to be expected- for instance, MtF people are more likely to experience breast cancer than they would be had they not transitioned, simply because that's an aspect of the estrogen.
Show me the studies, because literally every article or journal I've read recommends no HRT until a minimum of 16, mostly because the effects of it are permanent and research suggests most prepubescent children with "gender dysphoria" actually grow out of it
, and as for long term effects the closest thing I can find is a survey of those who went through the currently recommended path of puberty blockers early on, followed by hormones, then reassignment
which suggests positive results in those that actually follow through with the surgeries, but it only covered the subjects up to a year after their surgeries. Not exactly long term.
Well, playing devils advocate, that's actually the period during which those sort of treatments will be most effective in terms of influencing the change desired. Inhibiting the hormones of puberty and undergoing hormone treatments will be much more effective during puberty than it will be afterwards.
That being said, it's still not a good idea, as one's psychological state changes drastically as we mature, especially during puberty: what might have seemed like a great idea beforehand may not seem so a few years later, and it's really hard to change your mind in the middle of something like this, the changes are already happening.
In short, hormone treatments during puberty is one of those things that seems reasonable based purely on biological theory but kinda foolish viewed from the lenses of common sense and psychology.
Yes, and another way of wording that would be "that's actually the period during which those sort of treatments will do the most damage" and the fact is there simply has not been nearly enough empirical research on the long term psychological effects of things like this. Society moved way faster than the science on this subject, and the law is soon going to follow suit. Worst of all, any research that may've been possible a decade ago is now and will for the foreseeable future be impossible to do because of social stigma, nobody's gonna fund it, so we could very well end up doing irreparable psychological and physical damage to a generation or more of confused youths in the name of social "progress" and virtue signalling.
Sorry I get why you're arguing this way but **** gets my blood boiling. Western society is becoming a malignant tumor that's slowly killing people who need legitimate help while telling itself it's helping them, just to feel good. That's all these people care about is that what they say and support makes them feel superior and their anger vindicated. Can't ******* stand it.
I think the best point you made here is the lack of information: simply put, we don't know enough about the effects of this sort of thing. And we should always be uneasy about making decisions that permanently effect people's lives based on extremely limited information. Again, I totally understand the theory behind undergoing a process like this when one is young, but as you indicate, I'd like some more reassurance that it's safe.
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