Legendary rocker Alice Cooper is being “cancelled” by a cosmetics company for disagreeing with the prevailing media narrative supporting gender transitions for young people.
Alice Cooper said: “I’m understanding that there are cases of transgender, but I’m afraid that it’s also a fad, and I’m afraid there’s a lot of people claiming to be this just because they want to be that.”
“I find it wrong when you’ve got a 6-year-old kid who has no idea,” he continued. “He just wants to play, and you’re confusing him telling him, ‘Yeah, you’re a boy, but you could be a girl if you want to be.’
“I think that’s so confusing to a kid. It’s even confusing to a teenager,” he added.
“You’re still trying to find your identity, and yet here’s this thing going on, saying, ‘Yeah, but you can be anything you want.”
Alice Cooper, whose birth name is Vincent Damon Furnier, compared children’s exploration of gender identity to other types of self-reimagining.
“You can be a cat if you want to be. I mean, if you identify as a tree… And I’m going, ‘Come on! What are we in, a Kurt Vonnegut novel?’
“It’s so absurd, that it’s gone now to the point of absurdity,” he remarked.
“Who’s making the rules?”
“Is there a building somewhere in New York where people sit down every day and say, ‘Okay, we can’t say mother now. We have to say ‘birthing person.’ Get that out on the wire right now?”’ he asked rhetorically.
“Who is this person that’s making these rules? I don’t get it,” he commented. “I’m not being old school about it. I’m being logical about it.”
And for Alice Cooper’s logic, Vampyre Cosmetics responded: “In light of recent statements by Alice Cooper we will no longer be doing a makeup collaboration. We stand with all members of the LGBTQIA+ community and believe everyone should have access to healthcare.”
“All pre-order sales will be refunded,” the company said.
Nonetheless, Alice Cooper is not alone in questioning the gender-questioning narratives in the mainstream media.
A clinical psychologist who is transgender has raised red flags about the huge cultural shift among children and teens that is fueling an explosion of gender-questioning cases.
Erica Anderson argues that healthcare providers must examine all contributing factors to a child’s condition, “not to dissuade them of their assertive gender, but to understand how other things might be related,” such as mental health challenges like anxiety or a history of abuse.
With over 40 years of professional experience in both pediatric and adult psychology, Anderson has worked in various healthcare settings, most recently at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in behavioral pediatrics. Anderson urges professionals to consider the relationship between pre-existing mental health issues and a child’s assertion of a different gender.
“I’ve never seen a major mental illness cured by a gender transition,” Anderson states. Contrary to the belief held by some peers that “the distress that kids experience is all due to gender issues,” Anderson finds such cases to be “quite simple” and “rare.”
“We need to explore the course of this gender journey on the part of the young person,” Anderson emphasizes. The psychologist argues that the exploration of gender among teenagers is not immune to peer pressure, just like any other aspect of teenage life.
Drawing from her extensive work at UCSF and now in private practice, Anderson notes the a shift in the patient demographic from primarily young males identifying as female, to a more diverse group consisting largely of young females who hadn’t previously questioned their gender. This challenges current treatment protocols for transgender youth, Anderson explained.
“Large social surveys in recent years have confirmed what I’ve been saying, which is a huge number of kids questioning their gender beyond anything we ever expected, as many as one in five kids who are adolescents in the United States are expressing a gender sexuality different than straight and cisgender. That’s a huge shift,” the psychologist said. “We used to think of transgender kids as a very small proportion, maybe half a percent, 1% or less.”
Most trans activists, Anderson explained, have celebrated this shift, but doesn’t think that is the only factor.
“It is obviously common for kids to talk among themselves, so we have to wonder, well, what’s going on with these kids?” Anderson asked. “Are they all going to be transgender? The research in the past told us that some proportion of kids who are gender questioning when they’re younger persist and become what we call transgender, but not all.”