WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) has recently released its Standards of Care, Version 8 (SOC8) to a lot of criticism and controversy. Sasha and Stella provide a preliminary examination of WPATH and their SOC8, explaining why they believe glaring issues within these guidelines have discredited the organization.
- WPATH SOC8: https://www.wpath.org/soc8
- BMJ: https://www.bmj.com/content/378/bmj.o2303
- Wesley Yang: https://wesleyyang.substack.com/p/of-eunuchs-and-wannabes
- The Daily Wire: https://www.dailywire.com/news/wpath-explains-why-they-removed-minimum-age-guidelines-for-children-to-access-transgender-medical-treatments-so-doctors-wont-get-sued
- Genspect: https://genspect.org/wpath-explained/
- The Economist: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/09/22/new-standards-of-transgender-health-care-raise-eyebrows
- WPATH is a fringe organization.
- Many doctors are influenced by WPATH without knowing it.
- The Standards of Care are misguided and fully represent the citations they are based on.
- Stella shares the history of WPATH and its documents.
- In 1979, Harry Benjamin released his first Standards of Care.
- In 2006, the Henry Benjamin Foundation changed its name to WPATH.
- In SOC 7, a chapter on ethics was removed from the document yet the chapter on eunuchs remained.
- SOC8 has the feel of a shopping list of surgical interventions.
- Almost all of the minimum age requirements were missing from SOC8.
- The language is “lawyer language” because it is vague enough for no one to be held responsible.
- The document is more about political will than clinical care.
- Sasha shares the nonsensical parts of SOC8, referencing the non-binary chapter.
- Many items are categorized under gender but are truly body modifications.
- Many website references cited in the document include unsavory information.
- Detransitioners are badly depicted in SOC8 and the definition of a detransitioner is abhorrent.
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