Podcast Youth-Gender Clinician Dr. Erica Anderson On Assessment, The Culture Wars, And Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria


A conversation with

Jesse Singal of Blocked and Reported

In a bonus interview episode, Jesse interviews Dr. Erica Anderson, a trans woman and Bay-Area-based gender clinician with years of experience working with transgender and gender nonconforming youth. The two discuss the white-hot debate over trans kids, including what comprehensive, compassionate assessment looks like in this field, how clinicians decide when a young person is ready for puberty blockers and/or hormones, and the controversial concept of “rapid-onset gender dysphoria.”


Please consider ordering Jesse’s book, The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can’t Cure Our Social Ills: https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Fix-Psychology-Cant-Social/dp/0374239800/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Show notes/Links:

Jesse’s long article in The Atlantic about youth gender dysphoria: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/when-a-child-says-shes-trans/561749/

Dr. Erica Anderson’s website: https://www.drericaanderson.com/

Her Tretter Transgender Oral History Project video: https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/item/p16022coll97:194?q=%22Tretter+Transgender+Oral+History+Project+Phase+2%22&sort=title_sort+asc%2C+date_created_sort+desc

A Washington Post article quoting Dr. Anderson on the ‘trendiness’ aspect: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/when-kids-come-in-saying-they-are-transgender-or-no-gender-these-doctors-try-to-help/2018/01/19/f635e5fa-dac0-11e7-a841-2066faf731ef_story.html

Jesse’s newsletter quoting her on the folly of laws banning youth transition, but also the importance of comprehensive, competent care for TGNC youth: https://jessesingal.substack.com/p/why-the-hard-age-caps-on-youth-gender

There’s an insane amount of misinformation on this subject: https://jessesingal.substack.com/p/a-response-to-foreign-policys-deeply

Lisa Littman’s rapid onset gender dysphoria study: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0202330

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care: https://www.wpath.org/publications/soc

“In Which I Fail to Find You Any Gate-keeping” by Carey Callahan, a detransitioner: https://medium.com/@mariacatt42/in-which-i-fail-to-find-you-any-gate-keeping-622c447a835f

“Gender identity is hard but jumping to medical solutions is worse” by Callahan: https://www.economist.com/open-future/2019/12/03/gender-identity-is-hard-but-jumping-to-medical-solutions-is-worse



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