Activists Tried To Get This Researcher Banned - Michael Bailey | Modern Wisdom 654

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Added: Jul 15, 2023

In this podcast episode titled "Activists Tried To Get This Researcher Banned," host Chris Williamson interviews researcher Michael Bailey about his controversial article on rapid onset gender dysphoria (ROGD) and the subsequent retraction of the article due to pressure from transgender activists. Bailey explains that the retraction has actually backfired, as it has brought more attention and downloads to the article, which can still be accessed for free.

Bailey's study focused on adolescent girls who experienced a sudden onset of gender dysphoria without showing signs of it in childhood. He found that these girls often had pre-existing mental health issues and were influenced by peers and gender specialists to transition. While Bailey suggests that rapid onset gender dysphoria is a real phenomenon, he emphasizes the need for further research to fully understand it. He also suggests that the increase in transgender identification may be due to increased acceptance or social contagion, and highlights the importance of being aware of potential trade-offs and the influence of attitudes on individual choices. Bailey discusses the denial of biological differences between men and women by some activists, pointing out that these differences contribute to the increased susceptibility to rapid onset gender dysphoria in girls. He plans to conduct a larger study in collaboration with other experts to gather more detailed evidence and follow participants over time to understand the outcomes of transitioning. Moving on to other research, Bailey mentions that in the past, most female-to-male transgender individuals transitioned as adults and were primarily attracted to women, although some were attracted to men. For male-to-female transgender individuals, Bailey identifies two types: those who were feminine from childhood and those who created an attraction to women within themselves. He also discusses autogynephilia, a controversial sexual orientation where men are aroused by the idea of being a woman. Bailey faced backlash from activists when he published a book on this topic in 2003. He notes that there is a natal female equivalent called autoandrophilia, but it is less common. Bailey suggests that autogynephilia has a strong biological basis and mentions studying other paraphilias such as pedophilia and acrotomophilia. The conversation then shifts to the malleability of sexual orientation in response to the local environment. Bailey raises the question of whether cultural factors and experiences with men could lead some women to identify as lesbians. However, he argues that cultural pressure is unlikely to significantly change men's sexuality, and straight men are unlikely to be influenced to have sex with each other. Bailey also explores the concept of what is considered more female-like and how our sexuality can be easily influenced by depictions of sex on screens, blurring the line between same-sex and opposite-sex attraction. He mentions that people have a better-than-chance ability to discern someone's sexual orientation based on speech patterns, particularly associated with a gay accent. Bailey suggests that being gay may even be a competitive advantage in certain fields, such as online commentary. The discussion concludes with Bailey acknowledging that mate value is a complex topic, with differences between what men and women find attractive. He emphasizes the importance of both male-female interactions and academic freedom, as the culture continues to change. Bailey invites listeners to find his papers on Google Scholar or ResearchGate or to email him at his university address. In summary, this podcast episode delves into the controversy surrounding Michael Bailey's retracted article on rapid onset gender dysphoria and explores various aspects of sexual orientation, transgender identities, and the influence of cultural factors on sexuality. Bailey emphasizes the need for further research and understanding while highlighting the importance of academic freedom and open dialogue.


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