The harm in Zucker’s concrete interventions like taking children’s toys is obvious but there’s so much darkness in how for parents the clinic changed the meaning of their child’s gender variance into something that was pathological and sad, and, in many cases, their fault.
They had been too cold, or too warm, or were abused as a child, or assaulted as a teenager, and now their child was at risk of a lifetime of struggle and pain as a trans person.
If parents came in accepting their child and were uncomfortable with the clinic’s instructions, they might themselves receive “treatment” to “gain some insight into their own contribution to the child’s difficulties.”
There’s a pervasive blurring of dissenting parental perspectives with parental pathology and it’s really troubling
This is 2012! They’re pathologising parents being inclined towards acceptance in 2012
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