Hormone-addicted children: an in vivo trial. Who will pay for it?

Hilary Cass, the British paediatrician who produced a monumental report on 'affirmative therapy' for minors does not mince words: those children 'were used as footballs'. There has never been any evidence that puberty blockers work, that they reduce suicide risk, that they increase patients' well-being: far from it. Will those who, in the absence of scientific certainty, have inflicted these treatments, who have even persecuted so many people of goodwill determined to expose the scandal in the name of truth, go unpunished? Keira Bell, the best known detransitioner, hopes for criminal consequences

Englishwoman Keira Bell, a former patient of the Tavistock Clinic in London, is certainly the most famous of the de-transitioners. After the publication of the Cass Review she tells The Times that she would like to see criminal proceedings started so that the children treated by the clinic with puberty blockers and hormones can finally get justice. Keira is now 27, judges the treatment she was subjected to -blockers, hormones, removal of breasts- "experimental at best, destructive at worst" and believes the professionals have [...]

Locked in a fence. Like in Kabul

Open letter to Mayor Gualtieri and other competent authorities on the incredible scene of discrimination in the Centocelle district in Rome: women isolated like unclean animals for the end of Ramadan celebrations. Who gave permission for this unacceptable demonstration? And what steps will be taken against this misogynistic barbarity?

To the Mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri To the President of Municipality V Mauro Caliste To the Equal Opportunities Commission of the Municipality of Rome and p.c. To the Minister for Equal Opportunities and the Family Eugenia Roccella To the Minister of the Interior Matteo Piantedosi Dear Mayor, dear President, dear members of the Equal Opportunities Commission, we are dismayed and shocked by the way in which the Municipality V of the Capital - Piazza dei Mirti, Centocelle district, a few metres from the school named after Artemisia Gentileschi - hosted the celebrations [...].

UK. Cass report: no more affirmative therapy for children with gender-related problems

Pediatrician Hilary Cass' final report on child transitions comes out: offering affirmative therapy was a failure. There is no evidence on the effectiveness of puberty blockers, which should never be prescribed except in rare cases. Hormones of the opposite sex should not be given before the age of 18, and even between 18 and 25 caution should be exercised. A definitive watershed

The long-awaited final report of the Cass Review, an independent review chaired by paediatrician Hilary Cass on public health services for children and young people with 'gender dysphoria', came out this morning. Its final report and recommendations were presented to NHS England. Here are the highlights. The condemnation for affirmative therapy is final, and determined by the absolute lack of evidence that puberty blockers and opposite-sex hormones bring real benefits to children suffering from 'gender incongruence [...]

Hormone therapies on children: doctors' insurances start to run away

The risk of million-dollar claims by minors undergoing irreversible treatment who regret the 'affirmative therapy' is too high: this is why some insurance companies no longer feel like covering 'gender medicine' under their policies

Those who resist the market for the transition of gender non-conforming girls and boys know very well that almost always the turning point - as was the case in the UK with Keira Bell and in the US with Chloe Cole - is the lawsuit brought by a former child-or treated-or with blockers and hormones against the doctors who administered the 'therapy': the detransitioners' side is decisive. Then the game becomes money versus money: the money collected by the gender clinics versus the money they end up [...].

Also in Wyoming stop the transition of minors

It is the 24th US state to ban drug and surgical treatments on the bodies of gender non-conforming girls and boys. Doctors and practitioners who continue to prescribe affirmative therapy will lose their licences. Decisive in the passage of the law was the testimony - and legal action - of detransitioner Chloe Cole. A regulation banning trans-indoctrination in schools was also approved.

From next 1 July, hormone treatments and gender transition surgery of minors will be banned in Wyoming. With the passage of the law, Senate File 99, Wyoming will join 23 other US states, from Alabama to West Virginia, that have banned or severely restricted gender-affirming medicine on minors. Under the law, doctors, pharmacists and other health care providers who provide gender-affirming care could have their licences suspended or revoked. Opposed by Governor Mark Gordon, [...]

The UK has decided: no more puberty blockers for children with dysphoria. It is the ultimate turning point (in memory of Yarden Silveira, 1998-2021, killed by 'sex change')

Not only the stop at the Tavistock Clinic: no British centre for 'gender non-conforming' girls and boys will be able to prescribe puberty blockers any more. The approach will have to be solely psychological: a resounding turning point that will have knock-on effects all over the world, including Italy. One of the biggest scandals in the history of medicine is finally coming to an end: will someone pay for the thousands of irreversibly damaged minors? Recalling here one among them who lost his life because of the unscrupulousness of doctors and surgeons

The British National Health Service (NHS) announces that PUBERTY BLOCKERS WILL NO LONGER BE ADMINISTRATED TO MINORS WITH GENDER Dysphoria: this is huge and heart-warming news after years and years of fighting on the front line. So not only is the dedicated service of the Tavistock Clinic in London closing, but no centre for the treatment of minors with dysphoria will use puberty blockers any more. The decision, described as 'historic', will have knock-on effects worldwide, [...].

WPATH scandal: 'therapies' for children with dysphoria are improvised and prescribed without real consent

The World Professional Transgender Health is considered the leading global scientific and medical authority on 'gender medicine': over the past decades its standards of care have shaped the guidelines, policies and practices of governments, medical associations, public health systems and private clinics worldwide, including the WHO. But leaked documents reveal the neglect of children -including children with severe mental disorders- subjected to improvised treatments, without taking into account the long-term consequences and without being sure they were clear about what they were doing

The news manages to shock even those who have long fought against affirmative therapy - puberty blockers, hormones and surgery - for gender non-conforming minors, such as psychoanalyst David Bell who exposed the scandal at the Tavistock Clinic in London: 'Even for me the contents of these files are shocking and disturbing,' he said. "The files suggest that some WPATH members are aware that gender-affirming treatments sometimes cause very serious harm and [...]

Bodies that don't count: Judith Butler returns to the fray

In a crowded lecture at the London School of Economics, the Californian philosopher and pioneer of gender theory reiterated the cornerstones of her thinking: the materiality of sex does not exist, women do not have the exclusive right to be women and must open up to other subjects starting with Queers and pro-Palestinians, transfeminism is anti-capitalist and anti-fa for a common fight against "fascist passions". And it attacks gender-critical feminism "allied with the Right".

At one point, it seemed that Judith Butler had changed her ways. The Californian philosopher, one of the most influential of the last thirty years, a theorist of gender performativity, who had arrived along a radical constructivist path to the negation of the material consistency of gendered bodies to the point of problematising and/or dismantling the subject 'woman' itself, had acknowledged: "My definition gave rise to two contrasting interpretations: for one, everyone chooses their own gender; for the second, we are all women. had recognised: 'my definition gave rise to two conflicting interpretations: for the first, everyone chooses their own gender; for the second, we are all completely determined by gender norms [...].
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21 November 2022
Prostitution 'clients' know full well that they are committing violence
Research on sex buyers shows that men are fully aware that prostitution is violence, that criminal organisations keep women in fear and that there is no 'regulation' that holds. But they only stop if they risk a criminal conviction, as is the case in Sweden, Norway, Canada, France, Ireland, Israel and other countries that have introduced the abolitionist model. Otherwise, they continue to consider date rape as their right
by Julie Bindel Germany is known as the brothel of Europe. It is a hard-won title. With more than 3,000 brothels across the country, and 500 in Berlin alone, its sex trade is worth more than £11 billion a year. Prostitution, in all its forms, has been legal in Germany since the end of World War II. Recently, however, attitudes are changing. People and politicians are asking the government to take notice of the so-called 'pimp state' and [...]
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28 April 2022
Sargentini case: Saviano's deafening silence
Feminist journalist Monica Ricci Sargentini has been threatened with a sanction - three days' suspension - by Corriere della Sera for having shared the spirit of a protest initiative against an article published in Annex Seven in which the Neapolitan writer spoke of regularising 'sex work' as ordinary work. It would be important to know his point of view as a defender of freedom of opinion on the matter. But at the moment there is no sign
We know Roberto Saviano as a defender of freedom of opinion and of the press. This is how he has always presented himself. Not only because of the risks he has taken personally, but also because he has on several occasions defended freedom of thought by taking public positions, explaining that a journalist must 'be able to do his job without being attacked on a personal level, without a climate of threat' and complaining that 'any critical voice knows he can expect retaliation'. In recent days Monica Ricci Sargentini, a journalist [...]
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28 March 2022
Saviano's sister
What would the writer, who calls for the scrapping of the old Merlin law in order to 'regularise' 'sex work', think if the prostitute were a woman dear to him? Does he not know that prostitution is almost only trafficking and that regularisation is a godsend for pimps and mafiosi? Does he not know the abolitionist model already in force in many civilised countries? Does he not know that what he calls "work" is enormous female suffering? Why does he recognise the right of men to rape for payment? Why does he not study and listen to women before speaking? Where does he get such misogyny from?
I was once in a recording studio for a debate on prostitution. Of course it was called -not me- sex work, which made everything more acceptable and modern. There was a well-known, beautiful prostitute from Bologna, a woman who prostituted herself online, and they were talking about 'sexual assistance for invalids'. They were so free and up-to-date, I had been given the task of representing the sad counterbalance to bigoted moralism. It didn't come out well at all, I managed and [...]
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24 March 2022
Supreme Court: refugee status for a trafficking victim
Previous judgments that attributed tacit consent to the prostituted woman have been overturned: this must be excluded when there is physical and psychological violence. Even if translated into the neutral language of law, women's work opens up new avenues
The Court of Cassation's judgement 676/2022 recognised the refugee status of a woman who was a victim of trafficking (and a prostitute). In the third level of judgement, the system of the previous judgements was overturned, which had attributed to the woman a tacit consent to the exercise of prostitution, therefore the inexistence of the state of necessity that preludes the granting of refugee status (temporary, it should be noted). In fact, it is said that consent cannot be considered as such in a condition of physical and psychological violence inherent in [...].
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11 January 2022
Sexual assault on New Year's Eve in Milan: wrong to keep silent about the origins of the attackers
Overlooking the fact that they were young North Africans prevents a clear reading of what happened. And it exercises the correctness of reception in the skin of women. The parallel with the events in Cologne in 2016 and the opinion of German feminist Alice Schwartzer
A few days ago, five girls on the train returning from Gardaland were sexually and verbally assaulted by a pack of at least thirty young men of North African origin (the story here). A dynamic very similar to the events of New Year's Eve 2021 in Milan (and New Year's Eve 2016 in Cologne). The things to be said are always the same, and we repeat them for you. It is no longer possible, out of correctness, to pretend that the problem does not exist. Women are not [...]
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5 December 2021
Violence against women: new legislation
Electronic bracelet, immediate arrest of the suspect, economic support to victims: these are the main innovations of the new law to combat and prevent violence against women. Perhaps it will reduce the damage. But without a change in civilisation, without an end to male domination, the phenomenon can only be curbed.
On 3 December, the Council of Ministers gave the green light to the draft law 'for the prevention and combat of violence against women and domestic violence'. We can only welcome this new legislation with interest, albeit with some possible critical reservations - for example, the important discussion of years ago on ex officio prosecution should be recalled. So we welcome this step forward in the law, with the bitterness of knowing that it will be neither the tightening of penalties [...].
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30 November 2021
Selling sex is dangerous. And pretending it's just another job increases the risk.
Prostitution causes suffering, mental distress, drug addiction and disease. And 'regulation' only fuels exploitation and trafficking. Two strong arguments against the normalisation of so-called "sex work", supported by a misogynist and right-wing left and liberal feminism
On Saturday 27th at the Milan protest against violence against women - see opening image - among many other things we said: it is really difficult to understand how a feminism can exist that fights for the dismantling of the Merlin law and for the decriminalisation of exploitation, as well as for the regulation of so-called 'sex work'. Why does it do this? And for whom? And they know it, the thousands of girls participating in the marches of Non Una di Meno, who are also demonstrating [...]
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2 June 2021
1946, Italians vote: except for "wandering" prostitutes and cloistered nuns
The first female vote was not in the referendum of 2 June, as many believe, but in the local elections of 10 March 1946, with a turnout of 89 per cent. But it was not a first for all
To women "???????? ????????????????????????????????" vote for the first time in Italy ???????? ???????????????????? ???????????? ????????????????, and not on 2 June as many people think, for local elections, the first ballot boxes in Italy ???? after the ???????????????? of ???????????????????????????? ???????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????? in the country liberated from fascism and ???????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????. Only ???????? ???????????????? ???????? the Italians could ???????????????????????? and ???????????????????????? ????????????????????????. The first call for women's suffrage was from the Women's Vote Commission of ????????????, the Italian Women's Union, which was set up to [...].
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28 March 2021
Prostitution affects everyone: conference promoted by Evangelical Women and the Interfaith Observatory
Prostitution, a system of reducing women to merchandise, affects all parts of society, including religious bodies. It is with this in mind that the FDEI (Federation of Evangelical Women) and the Interreligious Observatory against Violence against Women, made up of Catholics, Evangelicals, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus, have organised meetings on the subject with a decidedly abolitionist slant. Here is a report. At the first meeting, 18 March, introduced by the presidents of OVID Paola Cavallari and Gabriela Lio of FDEI entitled: "Prostitution and [...]
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17 March 2021
Evangelical Christians discuss prostitution: undoing any ambiguity in judgement
"We women of the FDEI (Federation of Italian Evangelical Women) committee feel the need and urgency to question ourselves, because faith communities tend not to express themselves on the roots of the prostitution phenomenon within our faiths. Or, if they do, they sometimes follow an interpretative line that denounces the sin, but without making sexuality and male privilege responsible for the sexual slavery of women involved in prostitution and not only in trafficking". Thus the letter sent to the churches of the Federation [...]
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