An open letter to Dr Polly Carmichael from a former GIDS clinician

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Open letter published on Medium.com.

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This is a fairly courageous open letter by Kirsty Entwistle, a former clinical psychologist at the “Gender Identity Development Service” (GIDS) in Leeds.

The letter is addressed to Dr Polly Carmichael, director of GIDS, which is based at the The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in London.

The Tavistock Clinic is the main NHS centre for dealing with gender issues in the UK. Carmichael consequently wields a great deal of power.

The main thrust of the letter is that life changing treatments are being administered to children with little-to-no repeatable evidence of their safety for use. Claims of reversibility are being made when no such evidence exists.

The letter then criticises the clinic’s alignment with an “affirmative” model for children rather one of informed consent. This means clinical staff have a natural bias toward diagnosing and pursuing treatment for gender dysphoria, when listening and challenging them may be more appropriate.

Linked to this is a culture of bullying and fear among GIDS staff. Entwistle was allegedly accused by colleagues of making transphobic remarks for going against the grain and challenging a diagnosis of gender dysphoria in a child. This is chilling.

Entwistle also alleges that previous attempts by GIDS staff to raise these concerns have been ignored.

These claims have been given further weight by leaks from GIDS, and the NHS’ alteration of its online guidance on gender dysphoria. Separate posts are forthcoming on those.

Bonus points for the abusive (and provably incorrect) message left below the Medium article by a trans activist.

Fear not, most of the comments were supportive of Entwistle and heavily upvoted compared to this one.

Jonathan Pie on the “Gender Pay Gap”

Jonathan Pie isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (or mine to be truthful), but this satirical video does a good job of pointing out some of the logical fallacies and double standards that litter the gender pay debate.

And of course congratulations to JP for creating a video in which he manages to restrain himself from shouting for seven whole minutes!

Women in their 20s earn more than men of same age

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Guardian article discussing the study.

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If someone complains to you about the “gender pay gap”, refer them to this 2015 study. It shows that women under the age of thirty earn more than their male counterparts.

I was surprised by just how few of the self-proclaimed feminists among my peers were aware of this fact.

The study invalidates the idea that women on average earn less than men over the course of their careers because companies are sexist… a central claim of modern feminism.

This bombshell should be obvious to anyone keeping a stray eye on reality whilst the madness unfolds. Nevertheless, the so-called “gender pay gap” has been one of the more bitterly pursued grievances by feminists in recent years.

Their efforts even culminated in the UK government forcing larger firms to publish crude gross pay figures by sex. A state-backed invitation to draw disingenuous conclusions from context-free data. Incredible really.