Scientist Blocked From Researching Reverse Gender Surgery, Might Be Offensive

“Engaging in potentially politically incorrect research carries a risk to the university.”

Democrats claim to be the party of science, but are they really the party of confirmation bias? They don't seem terribly interested in seeking out information if it doesn't agree with the conclusions they desire.

Take the au courant transgender movement, for example. A psychotherapist in England was blocked from researching those who had reversed their gender reassignment surgery (thereby going back to their original, at-birth gender) because some might find it offensive

James Caspian, a psychotherapist who works with transgender and transsexual people, wanted to conduct this research to complete his Master's degree in in counseling and psychotherapy at Bath Spa University. When he proposed research into those who had reversed gender reassignment, certainly a valid field of research, he was told he could not because it was best “not to offend people.”

Caspian told BBC 4, “The fundamental reason given was that it might cause criticism of the research on social media and criticism of the research would be criticism of the university and they also added it was better not to offend people.” In fact, Caspian said, the point of a university is to challenge (don't tell UC Berkeley). “I was astonished at that decision. I think a university exists to encourage discussion, research, dissent even, challenging ideas that are out of date or not particularly useful.”

He was inspired to choose this topic because he found that people had a difficult time discussing their de-transitioning. "They said they felt too traumatised to talk about it,” he said, “which made me think we really need to do the research even more." He wanted to help these people. “The idea that we might use the information from the research I was going to do in a way that wouldn't help people is completely wrong."

According to Caspian, the University told him that “engaging in a potentially politically incorrect piece of research carries a risk to the university.”

Science isn't inherently politically correct or politically incorrect. It's just data, data which Caspian wanted to use to help people. Might some people have cherry-picked data to their own ends? Probably, and that is a risk in any study but, still, scientists do their research. In this case, the university simply didn't want any data out there that didn't support an agenda, because the optics just aren't good. Academia is fully kowtowing to social justice. 

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