Today Pierre Poilievre, the leader of the Canadian Conservative Party, took a stance on puberty blockers for gender dysphoric children.

And that stance was a hard no to puberty blockers for children.

Hormones of powerful and do a lot. They do have risks and bring powerful changes.

But I’m not going to get into that here. I’m doing a column on this—maybe tomorrow—depending on if I file in time, And I’ll discuss it Longform as well.

But there’s one thing being almost intentionally overlooked by the individuals pushing for an all-out-ban.

And that is this. Children who are gender dysphoric are dysphoric because our society treats boys and girls, or men and women, entirely differently. We make sex matter in ways that are not actually about sex.

This in turn means that the gender dysphoria individual—youth or adult—really, really wants to ‘pass’. They want to be able to blend in as their affirmed sex so that they will be treated as the sex that they wish they were.

And that is what this is all about because especially when you’re a biological male, you are unlikely to pass convincingly once you’ve been through male puberty.

Julia Malott

Julia Malott is a Canadian based transgender individual who advocates for bridging the gap between diverse viewpoints on gender identity and ideology. Julia is the host of Alotta Thoughts Podcast which features bi-weekly long form discussions exploring the complexity of sex and gender.

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Julia Malott

Julia Malott is a Canadian based transgender individual who advocates for bridging the gap between diverse viewpoints on gender identity and ideology. Julia is the host of Alotta Thoughts Podcast which features bi-weekly long form discussions exploring the complexity of sex and gender.