The publication’s dismissal is a way to ‘smother’ his research into gender dysphoria, psychologist said
A popular science magazine is baselessly “targeting” research into gender dysphoria, according to a psychologist whose article on the subject was recently retracted.
“The recent Scientific American article ‘Evidence Undermines ‘Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria’ Claims’ purports to be scientific journalism but is neither scientific nor journalism,” Northwestern University psychology Professor Michael Bailey wrote Tuesday in Unherd.
“Rapid-onset gender dysphoria” refers to the sudden onset of the condition “in the context of belonging to a peer group” and increased social media and internet use related to transgenderism, according to a 2017 paper by Lisa Littman, the psychologist who coined the term and collaborated with Bailey.
Scientific America‘s dismissal of Littman and Bailey’s research is an attempt to “smother” the theory of ROGD, Bailey wrote in Unherd.
However, Scientific American provided no reasons for disbelief in the theory, according to Bailey.
He wrote that he was “not surprised” in the quality of the article, given the publication’s domination by progressive ideology.
Scientific American referred to Bailey’s study’s retraction in its article.
“A recent study claiming to describe more than 1,600 possible cases of a ‘socially contagious syndrome’ was retracted in June for failing to obtain ethics approval from an institutional review board,” according to the article Bailey criticized, published in Scientific American last week.
“On May 5, a group of 100 academic activists and gender clinicians published an online Open Letter expressing ‘ethical’ and ‘editorial concerns’ about the journal and ‘serious concerns over research ethics and intellectual integrity’ of our [previously published] article,” Bailey wrote July in The Free Press.
“This was a pretext for their real complaint: dislike of certain ideas and the people responsible for them,” he continued.
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