I am an LCSW who has worked with transgender individuals for almost 10 years. I practice in accordance with the ethics of my profession and best-practices set forth by the WPATH, AMA, APA and NASW. These two hosts bill themselves as clinicians who work with trans populations, but there is a reason they are vague about the nature of their work. They are obviously dabbling in a practice similar to conversion therapy, designed to invalidate transgender people and create roadblocks to gender transition. These anti-trans perspectives are considered unethical by nearly all legitimate professional organizations. They do not provide answers for transgender patients, but ammunition for parents who are reluctant to support their children. Their ideas are based in biological essentialism, traditional views of male/female roles/abilities/behaviors, the sexualization of gender identity, and the assumption that gender transition is bad/wrong/less ideal than imprisonment in a life that doesn’t feel right. I’m giving this podcast two stars because these hosts have obviously done their homework in the realm of anti-trans thought, and engage in articulate conversations about said issues. At times, they flirt with the nuance that lies at the heart of being transgender. I also believe that these women care about their patients, and feel they are doing the right thing. That all said, they flirt with nuance, but they don’t embrace it. Ultimately, they come to the table with deep-seated preconceptions and biases, and operate from that perspective rather than compassion and validation. For that reason, the value of this podcast is that it is a great example of anti-trans thought. Their ideas will appeal to those who desperately want sex and gender to exist as a simplistic A or B experience, and are more devoted to that formulaic view of the world than the human beings they claim to be helping. I fear that their patients are no more than collateral damage in service of social rigidity. Avoid, unless you are a trans advocate who needs to understand anti-trans therapy/thought.
SusanRJDLCSW via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/11/21
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