McCarthyism dressed up as Transgender Activists

Right now it’s common to see a resurrected McCarthyism at universities in Western countries.

Welcome to the new normal of McCarthyism dressed up as Transgender Activists. I see this kind of militant targeting, ex-communication, public shaming and censorship done every day by TRAs and partisan academics at universities such as Brown University. Ask the dean for the School of Public Health at Brown University about Lisa Littman.

Lisa Littman’s “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria in Adolescents and Young Adults: A Study of Parental Reports” was deleted by Brown University from its website.


Because ROGD may invalidate the perspectives of members of the transgender community.

The journal PLOS ONE, which published Lisa Littman’s article, was also repeatedly complained to. PLOS ONE then released a public relations statement about the article in response to this outrage:

PLOS ONE is aware of the reader concerns raised on the study’s content and methodology. We take all concerns raised about publications in the journal very seriously, and are following up on these per our policy and COPE guidelines. As part of our follow up we will seek further expert assessment on the study’s methodology and analyses. We will provide a further update once we have completed our assessment and discussions.”

Lisa Littman’s article will likely get retracted. What was her crime? She hypothesized that the rapid onset of Gender Dysphoria could be experienced because of the plausibility of social contagion.

Social contagion is a reality, but an inconvenient reality when your beliefs can’t accommodate that reality. Transgender beliefs, as they are right now, certainly won’t admit that Lisa Littman is observing what many parents have been anecdotally saying about social contagion affecting their kids. I have had a conversation with one such mom.

As well, there are many parents who have capitulated and conformed to the rhetoric and narrative of Transgender politics. There are many parents who conform and then “affirm” the Transgender beliefs their kids have adopted. They do this to not have their relationship with their kids severed by those kids. They do this to not be slurred as bigots. Bigot is the new scarlet letter. It’s a big red “B” for bigot.

It’s a problem when a university decides to capitulate to a group of people who share aggressively righteous beliefs. It’s trouble when a university censors its academic research only because of a zealous group of people who know “they’re always on the right side of history” and their beliefs couldn’t ever be wrong. Such people know that anyone who’s not in agreement with them must be a bigot. Bigots are the new witches.

Brown University chose to capitulate to political beliefs. This capitulation is no different from doing a kowtow to the beliefs of any other group of politically strong people. This group could be theocratic, or the people could be secular but still zealously righteous.

A university should never acquiese to the beliefs of aggressively righteous people. However, ask Brown University about Lisa Littman.

She had surveyed parents through 4th Wave Now who message each other about their teen or young adult sons and daughters who suddenly believe they’re transgender. Trans Rights Activists really want to blacklist 4th Wave Now as a hate group, which to them would be the same as the KKK.

At this point, both the Transactivists and the academics who follow their party line are no different than the McCarthyists who had academically policed and censored.

So then, this is the best description for today’s McCarthyists:

It’s true that science can puncture unexamined pieties. Usually universities don’t side with the pieties.”

The above quote is a tweet I read from Damon Linker who’s a consulting editor for the University of Pennsylvania Press and is a correspondent for The Week.

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