Doctors and politicians need to summon the courage to tell them they are wrong.
A confused debate about gender, shared and accelerated on social media, is putting young women in particular at risk. In the attempt to be understanding and avoid offence, there is a danger that genuine harm is now being done. Constant confirmation among the like-minded on social media is giving young people un- warranted certainty. “I assumed that everything must yield to me, that the entire universe had to flatter my whims, ” the Marquis de Sade said. That libertine impulse is now extending to identity. It is time the lobbyists stoped being so irresponsible and it is time that the medical and the political establishments took their duty of care seriously, ignored the charge of not being politically correct and stood firmly against this damaging trend.