A Bath Spa University student claims his university accepted, and then rejected, his research proposal on gender reassignment reversal because it would attract criticism on social media.
James Caspian, a psychotherapist who works with Transgender Awareness, proposed research about “detransitioning” to the university. Caspian said the university approved his application.
However, when Caspian went back with his preliminary findings, the university said he would have to resubmit his proposal to the ethics committee. His findings suggested that a growing number of young people, particularly women, were regretting gender reassignment. Caspian’s application was rejected.
Caspian immediately reached out for legal help.
The university told Caspian his research could negatively affect the university.
“Engaging in a potentially politically incorrect piece of research carries a risk to the university. Attacks on social media may not be confined to the researcher, but may involve the university.
“The posting of unpleasant material on blogs or social media may be detrimental to the reputation of the university.”
A spokeswoman for Bath Spa said the university could not comment as it is an open investigation.
“The majority of de-transitioners appear to be young lesbians who were swept up in the transgender social contagion after bingeing on transgender social media,” says Cynthia Yockey, author of the forthcoming book from Dangerous Books, War in the Women’s Room: How to Get Men in Dresses Out of Women’s Spaces and Save Your Children from Confusion about Their Sex.
“A survey conducted in 2016 by a then 22-year-old lesbian named Cari, who had de-transitioned from identifying as male, found 203 natal female de-transitioners in just two weeks,” she added. “The majority reported they de-transitioned because their political beliefs changed, or they found other ways to cope with the unhappiness they felt with their female bodies.”
Caspian is a trustee of the Beaumont Trust, a charity that provides education about and support for transgender people. He says he understands the concern in the transgender community.
“I’ve worked for many years with people who have transitioned their gender and I think that when people feel marginalized and vulnerable to criticism, they are very sensitive to anything they may perceive as that, and feel afraid,” Caspian told the Guardian.
“The idea we might use the information from the research that I was going to do in a way that would not help people is completely wrong. The research is necessary to really help people.”
Capsian first became aware of the issue of gender reassignment reversal in 2014. A Belgrade doctor told him he had been asked to carry out seven reversals that year.
Caspian explains that it’s hard to get people to talk about their reversing surgery.
“They said they felt too traumatized to talk about it, which made me think we really need to do the research even more,” Caspian added.
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