A scant 25 ago, therapists with (mostly) the best of intentions managed to ruin many people’s lives. Through the use of recovered memory therapy, clinicians unwittingly participated in creating false memories of horrific abuse that in some cases permanently sundered relationships between parents and adult children, cast a life-long pall of suspicion on parents, and sent innocent people to jail for decades.

In the late 1990’s there were numerous lawsuits in which therapists or psychiatrists were successfully sued or settled on charges of having propagated false memories of childhood sexual abuse, incest, and satanic ritual abuse. Fran and Dan Keller served 21 years in prison after young children who attended their daycare began making wild allegations after having been coaxed by a therapist. According to one child witness, the Kellers “had everyone take off their clothes and had a parrot that pecked them in the pee-pee,” and “came to her house with a chainsaw and cut her dog Buffy in the vagina until it bled.” The therapist construed these childish imaginings as literally true, and concluded her small patient was a victim of ritual abuse. The Kellers were finally freed in November of 2014 after the only witness who provided any physical evidence of abuse – a doctor – recanted.

The false memory and ritual abuse scares of the ‘80s and ‘90s now seem bizarre almost beyond imagining. Therapists, psychiatrists, government agencies, congressional committees, and the media bought into the belief that worldwide satanic cults had infiltrated society and were ritually abusing children on a significant scale.

Tragically, history is in the process of repeating itself. Something strikingly similar is happening. The current trend to diagnose children as transgender bears an eerie similarity to this previous social panic. This matters because as with the previous panic of the ’80 and ‘90s, the current trend is harming people who will have to live with the consequences for the rest of their lives. Below, I outline the similarities – and differences.

1.) Victims of false memory syndrome and many transgender kids are orienting their identity and relationships to a false belief. Wikipedia defines false memory syndrome as “a condition in which a person’s identity and relationships are affected by memories that are factually incorrect but that they strongly believe.” Research has confirmed the suggestibility of the memory making process, making it clear that false memories can be created through cultural transmission, peer influence, and the techniques described as a recovered memory therapy.

The Wikipedia article goes on to state that false memories per se are not the problem. “Note that the syndrome is not characterized by false memories as such. We all have inaccurate memories. Rather, the syndrome is diagnosed when the memory is so deeply ingrained that it orients the individual’s entire personality and lifestyle—disrupting other adaptive behavior.” (Emphasis mine.) The false memory becomes a central point of the person’s identity and determines his or her interpersonal relationships.

The false memory may be bizarre and become obsessional. The McMartin pre-school trial was the longest and most expensive trial in American history. Those that testified claimed they saw witches flying in the air, traveled in hot air balloons, and were taken into an elaborate system of tunnels underneath the daycare.

In an account of the FMSF website, one patient recounts the bizarre things that she eventually came to believe:

“I recalled various fragments of movies, books, talk shows, and nightly news, and soon I had plenty of child abuse memories. But, it didn’t stop there. Eventually, I said I had taken part in Satanic Rituals, been buried alive, drank blood, and helped to kill a baby. With every new memory, my therapist was intrigued and building a case to prove he was right about me all along.”

And these bizarre beliefs can become one’s central point of reference, eclipsing critical thought, leading the person to surrender his or her rational faculties in service of the belief. This is described by a victim of false memory syndrome on the website of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation.

“Twice a week, I would go to therapy and be told the only way to feel better was to relive these memories. He would sit next to me on his couch covering me with a blanket while I, in a regressed, hypnotic state would start to have these “body memories.” This therapy continued and I had to be hospitalized six or seven weeks at a time. I’m now convinced that my depression and suicidality were mainly caused by the incredible conflict between wanting to be with my parents and pleasing my therapist.”

Through buying into the false belief, the person’s historical biography is re-written. Old events are re-imagined in light of the new “information,” radically altering the person’s sense of identity and sundering connections to family and friends.

As a victim of FMS describes on the FMSF website:

“I’ve lost six and a half years of my life, a chance to have an intimate relationship with my mother, time with my three young children, and my marriage of 21 years.”

Transgender children fall prey to the bizarre belief that they are born in the wrong body. There is no scientific validity to the idea that someone can be born a “man in a woman’s body” or the other way around. In fact, there is a great deal of research that indicates that there is no such thing as a male brain or a female brain. Taken away from the clamor and din of politics, the assertion that one is chromosomally and biologically one sex, but of a different “gender” in some mysterious way makes absolutely no sense and is every bit as strange as asserting that daycare workers sacrificed babies and fed them to children. Those who define their inner sense of being misaligned with their anatomy often cannot describe this experience without reference to sex role stereotypes, and an appeal to notions that seem much more metaphysical or subjective rather than empirical.

Please note that I am not denying the existence of gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria is real and often causes significant distress. It ought not to be stigmatized, discounted, or minimized. Those who suffer from gender dysphoria deserve to have their pain taken seriously and to be offered appropriate help and support by both their families and society at large. In some cases, transitioning may be the treatment required to alleviate the gender dysphoria, though like all invasive medical procedures, it ought not to be the first line of treatment if a less drastic intervention can do the trick. It does not follow, however, that we must accept the groundless and bizarre explanation that someone is born in the wrong body. The feelings of gender dysphoria are undeniable. How we explain those feelings matters a great deal if one of those explanations leads to a young person undergoing serious medical intervention with lifelong consequences that may or may not adequately address the presenting problem. In some of the FMS cases, patients presented to a therapist with distress over a marriage, for example. The therapist wrongly attributed their pain to repressed incidences of horrific abuse, which made the patient worse, not better. Attributing a young person’s pain to being born in the wrong body is no less strange, and is just as likely to lead to an inappropriate intervention.

And as with the false beliefs present in many cases of FMS, the belief of gender noncomforming youth that they are actually the opposite gender disrupts other adaptive behavior, severs important relationships, and can become obsessional. Consider this story about a 16-year-old natal female who came out as transgender at age 14 or 15. The child, referred to only as PD, was adopted at age 6. The parents understandably had a hard time coming to terms with their child’s assertion of being a different gender, and they refused to call their child by the new name. This caused the child “very great annoyance and distress,” according to the courts. As a result of feeling misunderstood because the parents refused to use the new name, PD cut off all contact with them, refusing even to allow them to have any information going forward.

While the transgender teen story is usually portrayed in the media in celebratory terms, my contact with parents living through this indicates that at least some of the time, the tale is a darker one. Even supportive parents report that their teens become increasingly isolated and distressed after coming out. They withdraw from friends who aren’t trans. They cease their involvement in extracurricular activities. Their academics suffer. They stop talking to parents. They become obsessed with their appearance and with “passing.” They suffer outsized distress over the indignity of being “misgendered.” Their ambit of concern shrinks to encompass only the paranoid echo chamber of illusory oppression.

As is the case with FMS, the “discovery” on the part of a young person that they are trans brings about a reevaluation of their prior life that validates their diagnosis, altering their sense of identity and personal biography.

Following is a comment posted by a reader of this article. Note that the commentator reports on fairly common childhood experiences of gender nonconforming behavior that now take on momentous significance as evidence of being trans.

“I didn’t know since I was two. I knew I was different but I didn’t know how. Like I always envied the boys but never understood why. I wanted the boy toys, and never thought about why. I wanted to be in boy clothes cause I never felt comfortable in girly stuff, and never thought about why that was either. But I knew something was different.”

This commentator reaches the rather spurious conclusion that not being comfortable in “girly” stuff as child can now with hindsight be seen as early evidence and “proof” that she was trans. Of course girly stuff is rarely comfortable for little girls. And many little girls prefer “boy” toys, just as many boys prefer “girl” toys. Our refusal to accept narrow sex role stereotypes should not be evidence that we ought to reject our bodies. It ought to be evidence that we should reject sex role stereotypes.

2.) False memory syndrome and the transgender child trend involve highly sensational subjects that involve children and sexuality.

Children and sex are perennially two of the chief lightning rods around which mass hysterias often take form. The false memory and satanic ritual abuse panics of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s occurred in conjunction with a significant cultural shift, as women left home to go to work in huge numbers, leaving their children in daycare. The allegations of ritual abuse that swirled around daycares in the panic may have served as an expression of anxiety and ambivalence about this societal transformation.

Now, the popular imagination has been caught by transgender children. We celebrate the “courage” of these children and their families and rush to endorse hormonal treatment to forestall the “trauma” of puberty. What cultural current might this be in reaction to?

3.) In both FMS and the transgender child trend, the media played a key role.

Both of these trends have been presented in an uncritical way in the media. In the case of false memory syndrome, high profile media attention presented without critical dialogue fanned the flames of hysteria.

In 1983, Geraldo Rivera aired “Satanic Cults and Children.” In 1988, he did another episode mcmartinentitled “Devil Worship: Exploring Satan’s Underground.” In 1995, Rivera apologized for his role in spreading the hysteria with the following words:

“I want to announce publicly that as a firm believer of the ‘Believe The Children’ movement of the 1980’s, that started with the McMartin trials in CA, but NOW I am convinced that I was terribly wrong… and many innocent people were convicted and went to prison as a result….AND I am equally positive [that the] ‘Repressed Memory Therapy Movement’ is also a bunch of CRAP…”

In 1989, Oprah Winfrey hosted a show on “Child Sacrifice,” and Sally Jesse Raphael did a segment called “Baby Breeders.” In 1991, Raphael covered the story again with a show called “Devil Babies.”

20/20 and HBO both did special stories on the subject. HBO’s special was entitled “Search for Deadly Memories.” This documentary shows techniques for recovering “repressed” memories, and featured many doctors and other “experts,” lending credibility to the claims. Eventually, 20/20, 60 Minutes, and HBO would all produce shows that were skeptical of the panic.

I need hardly offer evidence for the media contribution to the current transgender child trend. It is difficult to go through a day without hearing reference to a transgender child on some mainstream media outlet. Nearly all of the coverage is uncritical if not celebratory.

4.) Both movements created high profile “stars.”

In 1980, the book Michelle Remembers by Lawrence Padzer and Michelle Smith was Michelle_Rememberspublished. It was the first book on ritual abuse, and is largely responsible for setting the SRA panic in motion. Though it has since been entirely discredited, it was reported on and taken as fact by journalists and talk show hosts including Oprah, who interviewed Smith on her television show. The book was a bestseller and a tremendous commercial success, and Padzer and Smith earned an estimated $350,000 from its publication.

Jazz Jennings is a 16 year old transgender girl noted for being one of the youngest publicly documented people to be identified as gender dysphoric. She received national attention at the age of six when Barbara Walters interviewed her on 20/20. Other high profile interviews followed. Jazz has her own company (Purple Rainbow Tails, founded when she was 13), her own YouTube channel, a children’s book, and her own reality TV show on TLC. In 2014, she was named one of “The Most Influential Teens” of the year by Time. She has modeled and appeared in television commercials for acne treatments.

5.) Both movements have been fueled by hysteria over immediate peril of children

In both cases, the narrative is driven by powerful fears over the welfare of children. In the case of SRA and FMS, anyone who expressed doubt over the veracity of the claims was subject to intense vitriol and claims that they were harming children by not believing them without question. An advocacy organization was formed by the parents of the children involved in the McMartin preschool trial called “Believe the Children.” It became a clearinghouse for information on SRA.

Regarding the transgender child trend, those who express doubt about a child’s claim that he or she is “born in the wrong body” are often accused of “killing” transgender children. The fact that there are very high rates of suicide attempts among those who are transgender is repeatedly cited as a reason why transgender children must be immediately affirmed and transitioned. (This is an uncritical use of the statistic. A study found that 41% of those who are transgender had attempted suicide. However, the study did not differentiate between whether the attempt came before or after transition. A study from Sweden indicates that suicidality among those who have medically transitioned is significantly higher than in the general population. It would appear that those who suffer from gender dysphoria do indeed have a high rate of suicidality. However, there is no robust evidence that transition reduces suicidality.)

 6.) Therapists played a significant role in the promulgation of both movements.

Protecting the innocent, advocating for those who are at risk and vulnerable – these are appealing roles for therapists to take on. Therapists in both movements have appeared to have the moral high ground. Many have been quick to jump on board to be sure to be on the right side of history.

Therapists used a variety of techniques that have come to be called “recovered memory therapy” to search for “forgotten” or “repressed” memories of trauma. Such practices spread quickly and were fueled by materials developed by those without clinical expertise such as the book The Courage to Heal, which was written by a poet and creative writing teacher and one of her students.

Of course, a darker side to the well-meaning impulse to help those who had been victimized is that the movement to recover repressed memories created lucrative earning opportunities for some therapists.

In recent years, there has been a growth in the number of therapists who identify as “gender therapists.” To my knowledge, this is not a protected title in any jurisdiction. Anyone can call themselves a gender therapist. At most, a gender therapist may have received training from a transgender advocacy organization. Most transgender advocacy organizations have few members with any clinical or mental health background. Online research indicates that a gender therapist is “someone who helps a transgender person with their transition.” This gender therapist, for example, has a video blog where she answers questions. To the question “how do I know if I am transgender?” she answers that “if you are asking that question, you probably are not cisgender.”

Gender therapy is a lucrative and in demand specialty at this point in time. The gender therapist noted above, for example, has recently released a book about discovering one’s gender identity.

7.) Governmental and professional organizations have bought into the movement’s narrative.

No less an organization than the US Congress held hearings on daycare abuse. Recent policies put forward by the International Olympic Committee, the National Education Association, and the Obama administration show that many of our most important institutions have bought into the gender identity narrative.

8.) The concept has penetrated deeply into popular culture, including children’s picture books

dont make me go backA 1990 children’s book entitled Don’t Make Me Go Back Mommy (Hurts of Childhood Series). The description of the book on Amazon reads as if it is a humor piece.

“Five-year-old Allison’s behavior indicates to her concerned parents that something is wrong at her day care center. In unseen action, they discover that the center practices sexual, physical, and psychological abuse in the guise of religious ritual. Through dialogue, Allison and her parents reveal their feelings and the beginnings of the healing process to counselors and legal personnel. Some details of abuse are familiar from the lengthy McMartin trial, such as the “movie star room” in which naked children are photographed. The appendix lists 10 guidelines for parents on how to handle their own feelings during this family crisis.”

There are a number of books for children about being transgender. I Am Jazz is just one i am jazzexample. It is recommended for children ages four to eight. Following is its Amazon description:

“From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way.”

9.) Because the false belief relies on self-diagnosis, it is impervious to contradictory evidence.

In the FMS and in the transgender child trend, someone’s subjective experience of him or herself trumps other claims, even without evidence. According to this paradigm, anyone who is not in the special class (abuse victim or transgender person) cannot speak about that phenomenon with any authority. The premise that the oppressed are infallible gets one way into the weeds fairly quickly. Something becomes true and unable to be questioned simply because a member of a certain special class says it is so.

10.) Both movements were spread by social contagion which relies on the very human trait of suggestibility.

The FMS episode gave rise to a great deal of research about how suggestible we all can be, how easy it is for well-meaning therapists to suggest things that didn’t really happen and in this way, create “memories.” A good overview of this research can be found here.

Many teens coming out suddenly as transgender without a history of prior gender dysphoria or even gender nonconforming behavior say they “knew” they were transgender after they read something online. The language that they use to describe their experience is quite consistent, likely an indication that they picked up the ideas from similar sources on the internet. For example, many parents report that their child said “Would you rather have a dead daughter or a live son?” or something similar. Many teens also talk about the “button” thought experiment – if you had a button that could make you into the opposite sex like that, would you push it?

In both cases, the indicators used to diagnose are vague. Neither SRA nor transgenderism are well-defined phenomenon. The definitions shift and alter as convenient. For example, some transgender advocates do not believe that someone should need a diagnosis of dysphoria in order to transition. Simply saying one is trans ought to be enough without any dysphoria.

In both cases, conclusions with far reaching implications are arrived at using suggestive techniques. Transcripts of therapy sessions in which highly suggestive techniques were used can be found here. The contagion was also spread in both cases by peer groups. Many teens coming out as transgender are doing so in the context of peer groups who are also coming out. I am aware of one school where nine natal girls all announced that they were trans within a short space of time. In regards to FMS, there were documented cases where some people “found” repressed memories after spending time in a peer group for survivors. (See “Therapist Not Needed to Recover Memories.”)

11.) Interestingly, in both cases feminists were the some of the first and most outspoken skeptics

The panic over SRA was problematic not just because it ripped families apart, but also because it diverted attention and resources from real child abuse issues. Some feminists voiced concerns about this. Today, feminists such as Elizabeth Hungerford, the blogger 4thWaveNow, Germaine Greer, and Rebecca Reilly Cooper are drawing attention to the inconsistencies in the transgender narrative and expressing concern about how this trend is distracting attention from issues of sexism and gay and lesbian issues. Of particular concern to feminists is the fact that many young lesbians are identifying as trans and going on to take hormones and have surgery. In this sense, transition acts like medical gay conversion therapy, changing lesbian girls into straight boys. Some suggest that many young lesbians are identifying as trans due to internalized misogyny and homophobia.

I have covered some of the ways in which I see the transgender child trend is similar to the phenomenon of false memory syndrome and satanic ritual abuse. How are they different?

The internet.

Information and ideas travel faster and further now, making it easier to spread social contagion.

In the case of FMS, most of the victims were adults. Now the victims are children.

If there is even a small chance that significant numbers of young people are permanently altering their bodies on the basis of beliefs about themselves that may change, shouldn’t we all be trying to slow this train down?

If we do not wish to repeat the mistakes of history, we are well advised to study and learn from them.

23 thoughts on “Doomed to Repeat

  1. In looking at convictions and investigations re organised sex crime against children, some credible investigators have suggested that the ” satanic panic ” was in some cases initiated by abusers themselves as a way to discredit children as potential witnesses (this is not suggesting the whole phenomenon is explained by that , the mind will grasp on to many cultural narratives to help make sense of trauma , and therapists may have fostered this for numerous motivations ).

    I see a parallel in the way certain gender- mysticism indoctrination programs for children ( designed under guidance of known paedophile-advocates) also both foster fear in children and make them non- credible witnesses by instructing them in asserting reality dis-congruent statements.

    Also more obviously , instructing kids in reporting abuse/ violence in response to mere ideological contradiction also sets up a perfect boi-who- cried wolf setup , where their subsequent reports of actual violence and abuse are discredited as the usual hysteria. Gender non conforming kids do seem to be disproportionately victimised by sexual predators ( there is some research on this , although not much ) in addition to the obvious predatory medical
    and reparative practices offered by the toddler- wrong-body movement .

    Btw, I think we need to look at the deeper power structures and impacts of this ideology . At base it isn’t trans people ( in the meaningful sense of the term) initiating it , nor do most benefit from it. The most powerful activist – researchers , when you consider their whole body of work , actually treat trans people and rights as an expendable tool. And then of course there is confluence of the predator-activists interests with the more obvious salvation- from-being – gay clinicians promising to ” fix” children and assure ” congruence ” to expected alignments of sex/ “gender” expression / sexuality .

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  2. The transcript from that therapists website is utterly farcical.

    “I’m calling myself a ‘Gender Therapist’ because I found it on the internet! But only because the local news also called me one in an article they did on me and I thought, OK, I must really be one! I really only use it for marketing purposes and to be found on the internet it works best, so you can’t really blame me for intentionally misleading you. But don’t forget I’m a real LPC after all, so that makes it OK to adopt this totally fake title and suck people in to my business via false claims/advertising. And everyone else is doing it too. Just ask my old therapist who told me about it!”

    It’s pretty unethical to claim a fake title based on an internet search and some work experience. You’re not a ‘Gender Therapist’ – you’re an LPC who has experience supporting trans people through transition. It does a huge disservice to those therapists who actually do Gender Studies or Sexology, and therefore in theory could more legitimately claim the faux title of ‘Gender Therapist’.

    I think ‘Gender Therapist’ needs to become a licensed professional qualification so that only those licensed to use the title can do so, after completion of a master’s or doctoral degree that specialises in that field (but obviously not solely trans issues).

    “Online research indicates that a gender therapist is “someone who helps a transgender person with their transition.”

    I see it partly as a result of revisions to the DSM-5:

    “The DSM-5 diagnosis adds a post-transition specifier for people who are living full-time as the desired gender (with or without legal sanction of the gender change). This ensures treatment access for individuals who continue to undergo hormone therapy, related surgery, or psychotherapy or counseling to support their gender transition.”**

    Thus creating a (bigger) market for le ‘Gender Therapists’.

    (**Reference: American Psychiatric Association fact sheet on Gender Dysphoria – full PDF here: http://www.dsm5.org/documents/gender%20dysphoria%20fact%20sheet.pdf)

    “Most transgender advocacy organizations have few members with any clinical or mental health background.”

    A good example of this is Burleton. Burleton has no qualifications whatsoever, yet is running “school, community and professional training and education services”, including education programs for teachers, parents, foster parents, etc.

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      1. Last page of this PDF shows all members of the Writing Group, Revision Committee and International Advisory Group.
        Writing Group and Revision Committee are either clinical/medical (one exception is President of WPATH, Jamieson Green, who has a PhD in Law)
        Some of them are trans/trans activists as well, including the founder of the Tawani Foundation who helped fund the SOC revision process.
        The International Advisory Group are non clinical/medical – “The Board also appointed
        an International Advisory Group of transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals to give input on the revision.” (from Appendix E)
        Appendix E also notes the process they undertook for writing/reviewing.


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  3. One similarity that I might add to this article, between recovered memory syndrome and the trans craze, is that both theories require people to accept as true ideas and principles that were facially incredible. In the case of FSM, the idea was that a person could have an incredibly traumatic experience (or set of experiences) and then completely forget all about it until the “memory” was “retrieved” during therapy. This runs completely counter to most people’s experience – of course we forget details as we get older, but for the most part, highly dramatic memories stay in our minds (what were you doing on 9/11? How about 9/10 though?). I was around during FSM and that was one aspect of it that I could just never get my head around.

    As to the trans craze, most people also, intuitively, reject the idea that if someone “feels” like a member of the opposite sex, that means the person not only should be treated as, but literally “is” that opposite sex. I think this is kind of where most people “get off the bus,” and really they should because that is a patently incredible notion.

    I personally knew of many cases of FSM, and in every single instance, except for one (where the person blew apart her family, and probably to this day has to believe there was “something to it”), the person eventually recanted and was sorry. But that didn’t mean there wasn’t a giant amount of damage done in the meantime. Meredith Maran wrote a fascinating book about all of it entitled “My Lie,” which some folks here may be interested to read.


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    1. Jane, I agree completely about the fantastical element in both. And the trying to force people to pretend to believe it. It’s time for people to stop going along with the idea that people having these sex change treatments have actually changed their sex. That would be true even if they all had the full 70s transsexual business. But we are being told we have to except that trans women literally are women in a situation where most of them don’t even have genital surgery. It’s beyond ridiculous. And that this stuff is happening, just as the author said the way it did with FMS, is so disturbing. 😒📰

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  4. Let’s remember that the notion of “false memory syndrome” was invented by fathers who were accused of historical child sexual abuse by their daughters. It was a deliberate attempt to silence and discredit women. Under intense familial pressure many women subsequently retracted their accusations. That does not mean that they were not true. For many women retraction was the only way they could retain a relationship with their families of origin and the retractions often came at an enormous personal cost and subsequent psychiatric diagnosis and “treatment” – which was then used to discredit the woman further. But I would say that it was the price of not being able to hold onto one’s own reality.

    In my family one cousin retracted her accusations and has lived a life on psychiatric drugs. One insisted on the truth of the accusations and was excommunicated from the family but has (eventually) made a life for herself that is full of joy and vitality away from her family. Eventually another cousin came forward and corroborated her story.

    “False memory syndrome” has never been accepted as a real medical or psychological condition.

    Research has shown that amnesia for childhood trauma is common and that recovered memories are not less reliable that other memories. Here are some links with more information:



    The dynamics of the trans cult is very different to this and usually there is pressure to conform to the cult and approval and attention when one does so. This should not be compared with a patriarchal ploy to silence and discredit women who report sexual violence.

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    1. I fully agree with you. And you have evidence yourself even. Ive studied this a bit last year and realized people arguing against ‘false memories’ have benefit of that. I think its very false to compare this with the transining of kids/the transcult. It were actually feminists that were at the forefront of this and getting sexual violence against women and children taken seriously. Im baffled some feminists attempt to change this or use this for their own agenda. They are harming children that have been sexually abused with this. It would be better to see if sexually abused children are more likely to become trans due to hatred of their bodies and genitals and dissociative mechanisms. People looking into the false memory stuff should take time to really study and dig. The media went along with the lies of FMS (that has no scientific basis). The FMM is a patriarchal mechanism against women and children, as you said. And the parents of the false memory movement clearly had their own interest. People should Google Jennifer Freyd. As for Fran’s daycare, I found this (this is a great site btw): https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/frans-day-care/

      ‘Interestingly enough, the Austin Chronicle article, Believing the Children, ended with a reference to one of the child victims, Veejay Staelin, a now 21-year old. Although he declined to be interviewed for the story, he re-asserted that he had been abused by Fran and Dan Keller.’


      1. Thank you Anna Djinn and Riverstreet. You are absolutely right, the “False Memory Syndrome” is a patriarchal tool to defend pedocriminel. The fact that youthtranscriticals are spreading it here makes them suspicious on this point to me.


      2. There certainly are cases where abusers discredited their victims by citing the research on false memories. This is a complex issue. As a therapist, I do know that some trauma is only vaguely remembered, or recalled without any feeling attached to it. The evidence is pretty robust that memories can be manufactured through coaching, however. The McMartin preschool trial in particular seems like an egregious example. One of the problems with the false memory panic was that it drew attention away from legitimate abuse sufferers, and left all abuse victims more likely to be doubted.


  5. This was a fantastic article. A few months ago on 4thwavenow we were talking about how they’re so similar. That one couple, Kellerman?, who had a daycare were imprisoned for IIRC over 20 years. 😮

    I’m skeptical though about gender dysphoria’. The accuracy of that category not of the suffering of the people in it. Should it a distinct condition? I wonder if one took all of the people suffering from emotional distress about gender if one wouldn’t find here’s this subset of people who have anxiety and/or depression and they think a lot about their gender. In the context of gender mania today. And that’s just something they’ve latched onto but the real problem is anxiety or depression. And then there’s these other people in another subset who are more like body dysmorphia or anorectic people. Where they focus on the idea of being the opposite sex rather than on thinness. And their body hatred feelings are very severe.

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    1. “The accuracy of that category not of the suffering of the people in it. Should it a distinct condition?”

      I don’t think it should be a distinct condition under its current guise. The definition of dysphoria is: “a state of unease or generalized dissatisfaction with life.” Anyone can tick that box on a given day, and many to the point of “clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning” – e.g. anxiety, depression, etc.

      Do you recall that GID was going to be removed from the latest DSM altogether? But: “The Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work Group was concerned that removing the condition as a psychiatric diagnosis—as some had suggested—would jeopardize access to care.” So the name was watered down in order to remove any stigma and “the connotation that the patient is “disordered.”

      What we are left with is a “diagnosis” included in the DSM solely to ensure insurance cover and access to treatment for that condition, rather then the “clinically significant distress” (or underlying reasons for it), because: “It is important to note that gender nonconformity is not in itself a mental disorder.”

      “I wonder if one took all of the people suffering from emotional distress about gender if one wouldn’t find here’s this subset of people . . . “

      I agree, and I think some detransitioners comments support your points re anxiety, depression, body dysmorphia and anorexia. It’s quite bizarre that in the case of GD, this magical thinking re becoming the opposite sex has become normalised. Just because surgery and hormones make some things possible, doesn’t make it a healthy approach to dealing with something.

      (Reference: American Psychiatric Association (APA) fact sheet on Gender Dysphoria – full PDF here: http://www.dsm5.org/documents/gender%20dysphoria%20fact%20sheet.pdf)

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      1. Thanks Sylvie! Inventing names to get it paid for. It’s appalling. Interesting thing: I had thought GID was the first name they made up for ‘wanting to have the sex change process’. But it turns out gender dysphoria was first used in the early 70s. I read that recently in The Transsexual Empire by Janice Raymond. They coined it at the time when they were trying to legitimate the sex change surgery and hormones. And ‘they’ is John Money, Harry Benjamin, and another guy at Johns Hopkins. So it was another one of these manipulating the name things, like you described in your above comment. That seems to be all they ever do. Fiddle around with the names and not do any actual research to demonstrate this is a viable treatment. Because of course it isn’t.

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  6. One theory I heard about the satanic daycare “memories” is that one or more of the children in each of these daycare center cases probably was being abused by somebody, somewhere. The abused child would then go to daycare and play/act out what had happened to him or her. The other, non-abused children probably didn’t understand what the abused child was talking about, but they incorporated the abuse into their pretend play. At the same time, all of the kids incorporated other scary or bizarre things into their pretend play– elements from books, movies/TV shows (including age-inappropriate movies/TV shows they happened to see), fairy tales, magic, Halloween, the usual monsters hiding under the bed or in the closet, real-life incidents that frightened or confused them, etc. Preschoolers do this all the time. Everything they absorb from the world around them can find its way into the world of their dolls and stuffed animals, their Lego or Fisher-Price people, their Barbie dream house, their superheroes. Also, throw in the typical preschool fascination with poop, pee, butts, and other bodily functions.

    With daycare kids, as with siblings and neighbors, you have a situation where the same kids are playing together on a daily basis. Their pretend play storylines are often ongoing. They can take on a life of their own. An outsider observing them might have difficulty understanding what exactly these little kids are talking about, or where their ideas came from. But adults will naturally be alarmed if they hear something sexual. In the case of the daycare kids, the alarmed adults took all of what they heard literally. The truth might have been that one four-year-old was molested by her mother’s boyfriend. It didn’t happen to all of the children at the daycare, but they all played about it. The abuse didn’t happen in a dark tunnel or basement, but one of the other kids is afraid of his basement at home, so that found its way into their fantasy world. Another kid comes from a family where there are much older siblings who were watching Friday the 13th and Nightmare On Elm Street movies on cable TV in front of the little one, so Jason and Freddy type characters became part of the fantasy world. Yet another child is being raised in a hellfire-and-brimstone church, so she added the creepy religious details. The daycare teacher often reads them a story about a special place with a secret door, so their fantasy creepy basement has a secret door. And so on and so on.

    In some of the daycare cases, adult investigators asked leading questions or put ideas into the kids’ heads. (Instead of asking the kid in a neutral tone how they feel about Mrs. Jones, they’d say, “What terrible things did Mrs. Jones do to you and the other kids in the basement at daycare?”) At that time, child sexual abuse hadn’t been talked about much; investigating it was something new. The professionals didn’t always know what they were doing. They didn’t always know how to talk to a four-year-old. They didn’t realize that a lot of times, a small child will say yes to anything a policeman asks him, especially if he senses that the policeman WANTS him to say yes, or if he believes he’ll get in trouble if he doesn’t tell the policeman what he thinks the policeman wants to hear.

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    1. “They didn’t realize that a lot of times, a small child will say yes to anything a policeman asks him, especially if he senses that the policeman WANTS him to say yes’

      Yep, and for “policeman” substitute “parents who think their child is transgender”. 🙁 Oh, and “gender therapists” too. 😠

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      1. I do think gender dysphoric children are being truthful when they say they want to switch and become a member of the other sex. But their understanding of transitioning is very limited because of their age. When 5-year-old Jackson says he wants to be a girl, he is thinking in terms of clothes, toys, and how the adults in his world treat him. If becoming a girl named Jacqueline means he (now she) gets to play with Barbies, wear dresses, and trade in the Spiderman bike for one with Disney princesses, then of course the kid is going to say yes! But a child that age has no concept of what socially transitioning in kindergarten means in terms of future consequences. A 5-year-old cannot possibly envision being put on puberty blockers at age 10, cross-sex hormones at age 16, and going in for the first of many surgeries at age 18. A 5-year-old can’t imagine trying to navigate the social scene at high school as a transgender female, let alone the adult world. This 5-year-old also won’t realize that by the third or fourth grade, Jacqueline will be left with only vague memories of Jackson. Transitioning back to male is unthinkable for a kid who can’t remember ever being a male– especially when Mom and Dad have put away all of Jackson’s baby pictures and the gender therapist keeps harping on how Jacqueline was born in the wrong body and that Jackson never really existed.

        In most of the cases I’ve read about or seen on TV, the parents are sincerely trying to do what’s best for their child. The kid usually has issues above and beyond gender nonconformity. For example, I read about one born-female transkid who would deliberately pee her pants whenever her mother made her wear clothes she hated. This child also expressed some very morbid thoughts that would have made most parents seek outside help. This appears to be the case with most kids who are eventually diagnosed as transgender. It’s NOT normal for a kindergartner to hate himself/herself! But the only help that seems to be available is either one extreme or the other, it’s either conversion therapy (which I find abhorrent) or “transition the kid as quickly as possible.” There doesn’t seem to be any such thing as “let Jackson wear that tutu and have that princess bike, but we’ll hold off on transitioning until he’s old enough to understand what that really means. He might grow up to be a gay man. He may indeed be transgender. But for now, we’ll focus on helping him be a happy, healthy kid and giving the family whatever supports they need.”

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  7. It seems like perhaps the Transcult should be specifically compared to Satanic Ritual Abuse claims(aka Satanic Panic) v.s. False Recovered Memories as a whole. Trauma can affect memory, memory can be repressed, distorted and/or fragmented. Many of the insane ritual abuse claims clustered around a particular therapist, pastor,or particular law enforcement personnel who used leading questions and other questionable techniques.

    As a couple of people mentioned above, disinformation by family members who were sexually abusing the victims complicates matters further. Many victims re-enact their trauma, so the social contagion within a daycare, etc. is very plausible

    This Frontline Documentary from 1995 analyzes the processes that lead two women to be diagnosed with multiple personalities as a result of satanic ritual abuse, and how this was PROFITABLE for the medical and insurance industries. It’s really appalling:

    Transing becomes even more complicated as lifelong medication and surgeries are required for the patient, who may never be “passable” or feel whole, or have other co-morbidities addressed.
    I am now really skeptical that transition is an appropriate and effective or ethical treatment for anyone.


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