Largest ever study of transgender teenagers kicks off : Nature News & Comment
Probably is about time they decided to study the effect of puberty blocking treatment in adolescents, if they are going to offer it.
You have to wonder though - some old cultures (Polynesian , for example) would have happily, in certain circumstances, let their effeminate boys dress and act as women, but there was no option for surgery in past centuries. (Mind you, some boys were forced into the role, too, which was unlikely to please them.)
But if that group of genuinely "want to be a girl" boys weren't hurling themselves off cliffs because they were depressed about still having a penis, how has it become such a matter of crucial importance to Western men in the 20th century that it be whipped off ASAP?
(Sorry, my vast audience of transgender readers, no doubt I am not dealing with the topic sensitively enough.)