Some BAD news for the ‘born that way’ crowd.
Target took a self-inflicted financial beating on the whole bathroom issue (in making a public commitment to letting Transsexuals use whichever bathroom they choose). Stock shares crumbled. Shelves sat empty. It was ugly.
The solution they came up with was to spend $20 Million retrofitting the washrooms to include a self-contained single-stall washroom which was open for use by anyone who wanted to use it.
However, Target is still insisting that it won’t offer single-sex changing rooms to customers. Instead, Target’s changing rooms remain open to both sexes as a sign of support for sexually mixed transgender people.
A spokesperson for the retailer admitted that the new bathroom expenditure is a reaction to feedback from angry customers.
(See Breitbart for the rest of that story.)
This is just another way of saying they have bet $20 Million on their belief that some people live in the ‘wrong’ body.
Fortunately, if they have any sense of fiduciary responsibility, they have one last chance to give something back to the poor stockholders they took along for the ride.
There is a brand-new scientific study on the topic. Peer-reviewed. Even has a dedication to the LGBT community in its preamble.
They looked into questions of transsexuality.
Here is what they came back with:
“The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex — that a person might be ‘a man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’ — is not supported by scientific evidence,” stated the researchers.
The researchers took particular issue with the transgender push on our youth, concluding that most children grow out of any gender confusion. McHugh and Mayer refuted the alleged benefits of delayed puberty therapies, hormone treatments or surgical modifications for children and cautioned against encouraging our youth to “become transgender.”
… “There is little scientific evidence for the therapeutic value of interventions that delay puberty or modify the secondary sex characteristics of adolescents, although some children may have improved psychological well-being if they are encouraged and supported in their cross-gender identification,” continued the researchers. “There is no evidence that all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender.”
… As the report goes on to state, many children are victimized by the transgender movement, often regretting their advised decision to “become transgender,” left with irreversible damage and lifelong physical and emotional damage: “[T]he majority of children who identify as a gender that does not conform to their biological sex will no longer do so by the time they reach adulthood. We are disturbed and alarmed by the severity and irreversibility of some interventions being publicly discussed and employed for children.”
The full scientific report is from the New Atlantis with a very good plain English summary. It includes three sections:
1) Sexual orientation (which explodes several popular assumptions there)
2) Mental Health (including anxiety disorders and suicide statistics)
3) Gender identity (which came down as critical of the ‘man/woman trapped in (opposite) body’)