Ray Blanchard is an American-Canadian sexologist who served as the head of clinical sexology services in the law and mental health program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto from 1995 to 2010. His research on paraphilias, gender-identity disorders, and sexual orientation spans nearly 40 years. From 2008 to 2012 he was a member of the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work Group for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. His most recent claim to fame is being banned on Twitter for 24 hours for something he wrote, then being reinstated with a lukewarm, meaningless apology. He is being interviewed by Madeleine Kearns for National Review.
” Talk a little bit about the difference between the females and the males with gender dysphoria. You’ve noted in past research that virtually all female gender dysphorics are homosexual. Do you think that is still the case with the new “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria” (ROGD) sub-category [a description coined by the medical doctor and researcher, Lisa Littman, in 2018, which describes the unprecedented surge of teen girls identifying suddenly as the opposite sex]?“
“I think one of the things that distinguishes the ROGD cohort is a greatly larger proportion of cases who think of themselves as gay men trapped in women’s bodies. This had existed in previous decades, but it was maybe a handful of biological females who said, ‘ I feel like a gay male, and I would like to have surgery or hormones so that I can live my life as a gay male.’ It did exist, but it was very, very rare. Now among the ROGD cohort I can’t give you numbers, but I get the impression that’s it’s much, much more common for the ROGD girls to present that way than it ever has been. I think there have historically been precedents, and they have typically involved more females than males, which is also true like in the ROGD phenomenon. For example, recovered memory was a fad for a while, and ritual satanic child abuse was a fad. Typically, these involved more female adolescents than males for whatever reason. If you want to go a little further back in history and look at the Salem witch trials in the U.S. in the late 17th century, most of the individuals who were claiming to have been attacked by witches and who were executed as witches were predominantly female. While it was older ladies who were hanged as witches, it was young ladies who accused them of witchcraft. So there seems to be something about a young adolescent female population that is particularly vulnerable to certain kinds of psychiatric phenomena.”
Well, he said it, but I don’t disagree. Don’t expect disclaimers from me. I have known many women in my life, most as friends and colleagues, some as lovers, a wife and four as bosses. Perhaps my relationships with the last category are the most telling. They were the best bosses I ever had, our communication was very honest and fruitful, our relationship became more of a friendship over time. I haven’t worked for the last one for 15 years, but we still occasionally touch base. But there was one aspect of their behavior I had to ask each of them to modify before we could truly be authentic: In contrast to male bosses, who would simply tell me explicitly what they wanted accomplished or how I screwed something up–military style–all my female bosses were excessively solicitous and sensitive about what they thought my feelings would be. They would use the “praise sandwich”–praise, orders or criticisms, then praise again. Right in the beginning, I would tell them, “I don’t need the praise sandwich, just give it to me straight.” After that, they were more comfortable in their role with me, and me with them.