The Ridiculous Doctor Miles

IN Bernard Lane’s excellent report for The Weekend Australian on the astounding debacle that is Queensland’s draft LGBT conversion therapy ban, there is this era-defining smithereen on the cancellation of a lesbian event because the woman involved doubts the womanliness of men pretending to be women:

In a tweet, Mardi Gras organisers thank Professor Pantsdown for alerting them, and said the event had been struck from the festival listings.”

More importantly, real professors of medicine have slammed the Palaszczuk government’s proposed “ban” as meaningless (there is no such ‘conversion therapy’ in Australia anyway) and potentially dangerous because the legislation would outlaw attempts to “change” an under-18 person’s preferred gender identity. By “change,” the government means bolster or regularise a patient’s biological gender, were his her understanding of it to be at the root of a treatable physiological or psychiatric crisis. That means specialists would be prohibited from doing anything to stymie physical and hormonal ‘transition’ to a preferred gender (the so-called “affirmative” model). Therapists and clinicians who help such youngsters accept their own physical sexuality over against a chosen identity could be imprisoned for up to 18 months. Imprisoned. This despite the fact that the safety and ethical wisdom of gender reassignment surgery and treatments are being questioned by experts around the world. The Mardi Gras tiff is a theatrical manifestation of a bigger, scientific debate:


Kim Oates, an emeritus professor of medicine from the University of Sydney, urged Queensland “not to oblige therapists to pursue (sometimes deleterious) hormonal intervention as the only form of intervention and to permit psychotherapeutic support for selected cases (of gender dysphoria), as this has been shown to be effective”.

Before the rise of the affirmative model, the vast majority of young children diagnosed with gender dysphoria grew out of it, emerging as gay, lesbian or bisexual adults happy in their bodies.

 
Lane reports that Health Minister Steven Miles did not consult any mainstream medical organisations before holding a wholly fake “roundtable” on the subject. The Australian Medical Association opposes the bill, as does the Queensland Law Society which has described it as “almost hopelessly unworkable.” Activist body – LGBTI Legal Service Inc – supports the government’s proposal. While the minister is listed as the Hon Dr Steven Miles on the Queensland parliamentary website, he did an arts degree in politics and journalism at university before completing a PhD on trade unions. It seems that what started as a traditional leftist virtue-signalling exercise in relation to gay conversion therapy was commandeered by extremists to piggy-back compulsory acceptance of gender “fluidity” into law. Doctor Miles went along and is now responsible for one of the biggest goat rodeos in the long, entertaining history of goats. A parliamentary committee has now called for the bill to be completely re-worked. For the record, however, a Labor government was on the verge of jailing doctors for not mutilating minors. Gender-related crises in adolescence need to be treated by doctors with solid life experience, not by an authoritarian state whose goofball health minister is a union clerk.

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15 Responses to The Ridiculous Doctor Miles

  1. Beachcomber

    ………. he (the Minister) did an arts degree in politics and journalism at university before completing a PhD on trade unions.

    The Universities are doing immeasurable harm to our society.

  2. Shy Ted

    Having spent many a year in regional Qld I often found it difficult to determine a person’ se x anyway.

  3. Scott Osmond

    Once the troubled kiddies grow up and discover that they wish they hadn’t self-mutilated the class actions will start. “You wanted it at the time” won’t fly as children lack experience to make such life changing decisions without an adult. FFS if you aren’t old enough to decide who to spread your legs for, drive a car, vote or sign a binding contract you aren’t mature or competent enough to make a life long decision that will leave you sterile and mutilated. I hope that every doctor and psychologist involved in this abuse of the young are hammered legally and lose everything. I already know and except that public hospitals and clenics will pass the bill along to taxpayers.

  4. Judge Dredd

    I have read a number of articles where a gay person has tried and been successful at conversion therapy.
    So what they are saying here is that a gay person cannot pursue a possible cure. They are the ones seeking it out, why would they deny them the choice? I think it is because it throws the truth at the “you’re born gay” and “be proud to be gay” arguments.

  5. Rayvic

    I agree with Judge Dredd.

    I have read articles where children who see themselves as of the opposite sex , later revert to seeing themselves as of the sex of their birth. However, the Palaszczuk government would set out to discourage what is effectively a natural process. In light of such process, it would be prudent to wait until children reach at least age 18 before reassignment therapy is considered. To do otherwise constitutes child abuse.

    In any case, it is understood that many (if not the majority of) people who undertake sex reassignment surgery later regret their decision.

  6. Nob

    I’m still seeing social media pile-ons about Bettina Arndt allegedly calling herself a doctor and this guy gets a free pass?

  7. The US is already discovering, though the gender bender lobby isn’t admitting it, that early gender transitioning is having major psychological repercussions on the individuals, most of it being remorse and associated anxiety/misery. There are people putting three year olds through transition because they believe that’s what the child needs, simply because the child is at some point playing with dolls or trucks. These parents need some transitioning, such as a lobotomy.

  8. Porter

    That the Queensland government was about to pass legislation to effectively castrate children, under the threat of imprisonment, on the say so of some radical trans activists, is both NEGLIGENT and CRIMINAL beyond words. The entire Queensland government needs to resign and a few, including the health minster should stand trial. Seriously. WE ARE TALKING CASTRATING AND MUTILATING CHILDREN.
    Kudos to Bernard Lane who has been fearless in exposing this monstrostity. The next question I have for Bernard Lane to dig up: how does Victoria’s doctors in schools program and idiot Greg Hunt’s lock out of parents from 14 year old’s e-health records enable castration and mutilation without parents’ knowledge much less consent (and any parent who consents to this being done to their children should stand trial for abuse as well).

  9. Iampeter

    The Mardi Gras tiff is a theatrical manifestation of a bigger, scientific debate:

    This is not a “scientific debate.” It’s far more fundamental then that.
    Also, people who believe all sorts of things like gods, angels, life after death, etc, are also not in a position to be engaging in “scientific debates” anyway, nor criticizing anyone’s beliefs.

  10. Tel

    Well you can’t legally drink alcohol or smoke a cigarette until you are 18 years old (we all did, but try to ignore that) so a 14 year old could be very easily led into signing something he or she didn’t understand the implications of, and then regret it later.

    This comes back to that consent question, and for consistency you also need to accept that circumcision of children is also done without meaningful consent. Makes sense to me that applying the same principles across the board is the only way.

  11. cuckoo

    In the tragic Victorian train derailment, the driver and his ‘pilot’ were killed. Early reports gave details about the driver but said almost nothing about the pilot. The Age (!) briefly published that the pilot was a woman “who identified as male”, though this was quickly scrubbed from the website. Although numerous photographs of the driver have now appeared in news reports, along with personal testimonies, no such details have been published about the nameless pilot. Of course, this may be in accordance with family wishes, and entirely appropriate. But the ABC is careful to refer to the deceased pilot as a ‘man’.

  12. cuckoo

    At my work we had a part time volunteer. Nice enough young woman, but she was a compendium of every left-wing neurosis. One week she didn’t appear and I was surprised to hear she had very suddenly taken ill, entered hospital and died. Cause never disclosed. An email about this went around, which referred to them and they and when I queried this, it was explained to me that ‘they’ were non-binary and didn’t use a gendered pronoun. It was on the tip of my tongue to respond “Well, she’s using them now”.

  13. Lee

    I hope that every doctor and psychologist involved in this abuse of the young are hammered legally and lose everything.

    That day will come, perhaps in the next 5-10 years.

    Then I will have no sympathy for the perpetrators.

    Though I doubt that the enablers of quick and easy gender-change in politics (like Daniel Andrews and Palaszczuk) will suffer the consequences of their appalling actions.

  14. Porter

    If you want to know about the damage that is done Google detransitioners and watch a few videos which they have posted on YouTube. Bernard Lane has linked to a couple I think on his Twitter feed but there are plenty more. Majority are young women who upon detransitioning are still left with horrible permanent disfigurement like no womb because of hysterectomies; male voice; facial hair.

  15. That day will come, perhaps in the next 5-10 years.

    Then I will have no sympathy for the perpetrators.

    Though I doubt that the enablers of quick and easy gender-change in politics (like Daniel Andrews and Palaszczuk) will suffer the consequences of their appalling actions.

    It won’t be the politicians. It won’t be the activists masquerading as mental health workers. It will be the endocrinologists (they are trying to keep psychiatrists out because we have dealt with issues around idenity for ever and tend to see them as something else). The first thing that will happen is that people won’t be offered medications but talking therapy. Then there will be again be conservative guidelines. Then the perpetrators will be sued.

    This is like other psychosomatic fashions: anorexia, ritual sexual abuse, attention deficit, Asperger’s. They become fashionable, get over diagnosed, the people pull back.

    There is always damage along the way. There will be some test cases and then people will just change their practice. The Politicians will continue to bleat: medicos generally ignore them.

    I intend, God willing to work for a decade or more. I think I will be well retired before this happens.

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