• The Download: transphobic panic, and the US-China chip war

    1 month ago - By Technology Review

    This is today's edition of The Download , our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what's going on in the world of technology.
    How the idea of a “transgender contagion” went viral-and caused untold harm
    When Jay told his mom he was bisexual at 14, she was supportive. But when he came out as transgender a few years later, she pushed back. YouTube videos and online forums soon convinced her that she was right to feel that way. A trans “contagion” called “rapid-onset gender dysphoria,” spread through social media, had caught hold of him and convinced him he was not female, she...
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  • How the idea of a “transgender contagion” went viral-and caused untold harm

    How the idea of a “transgender contagion” went viral-and caused untold harm

    1 month ago - By Technology Review

    When Jay told his mom he was bisexual at 14, she was supportive. But when he came out as transgender a few years later, she pushed back. She felt blindsided by the news. YouTube videos and online forums soon convinced her that she was right to feel that way. To her, it was clear that Jay was simply mistaken. A trans “contagion” called “rapid-onset gender dysphoria,” spread through social media, had caught hold of him and convinced him he was not female, she said. The Internet had “turned” him trans.
    Widely introduced four years ago in a PLOS One paper by Lisa Littman, a physician and...
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