At one clinic in Sweden, the number of referred cases of “gender dysphoria” (being unhappy about what sex you are) among children exploded from 22 in 2013 to 197 in 2016.
How much of this explosion in reported cases of child gender dysphoria is due to Munchausen’s-syndrome-by-proxy? As you may recall, I pointed out in the spring of 2013 that the New York Times appeared to be planning to make transgenderism the Next Big Crusade after gay marriage.
Or could it be real and due to some environmental cause such as as a new chemical? But why isn’t anybody interested in searching out a novel pollutant?
There’s a quite strong correlation between being on the autism spectrum and transgenderism. The reported number of cases of autism soared in recent decades. But of course that could be due to the (weak form) Sapir-Whorf hypothesis that having a word for something makes it easier for humans to notice it. The word “autism” exploded in popularity in the 1990s and now we have more cases of autism and its correlates such as gender dysphoria and transgenderism.
On the other hand, perhaps the arrow of causation goes in the opposite direction. It could be that Something Has Changed. For example, what if there is some new pollutant or parasite in the environment in recent years that is screwing with the brains and/or hormones of young people? I don’t have any evidence that there is, but it seems like a possibility that we at least ought to entertain.