The first in a series of chapter reviews of the book, Lost in Trans Nation: A Child Psychiatrist’s Guide Out of the Madness by Dr. Miriam Grossman, reviewed by CPL Board Member Barb Anderson.

We urge you to read Dr. Grossman’s book in its entirety to better understand the origins and power of the transgender cult, so you will be better equipped to address this issue.

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  • Chapter 1: John Money’s Dangerous Idea
  • Chapter 2: Psychiatry’s Dangerous Idea
  • Chapter 3: Rosa
  • Chapter 4: The Castro Consensus
  • Chapter 5: The Whistleblower
  • Chapter 6: A Dangerous Dutch Idea
  • Chapter 7: Emma or Oliver?
  • Chapter 8: Educations’ Dangerous Idea
  • Chapter 9: Lawyers’ Dangerous Idea
  • Chapter 10: Mourning the Living
  • Chapter 11: Euphemisms
  • Chapter 12: Surgeons’ Dangerous Idea
  • Chapter 13: Lasagna Surprise

Chapter One – John Money’s Dangerous Idea

It is appropriate that Dr. Grossman begins chapter one of Lost in Trans Nation devoted to understanding the difficult life and background of Dr. John Money—a renowned sex researcher from Johns Hopkins University whose childhood was wrought with self-reported trauma at the hands of his father.  Dr. Money, who described his personal suffering “from the guilt of being male” and from “(wearing) the mark of man’s vile sexuality,” built his transgender theories on a foundation which Grossman describes as rooted in biophobia—an irrational fear and hatred of biology.  His invention of a psychological sex called ‘gender’, which he divorced from chromosomes and genitals, defined his life’s work.  Without his influencing foundation, the powerful transgender social-political movement we have today would arguably not exist.

Dr. Money studied at Harvard and wrote his 1952 doctorate thesis about hermaphrodism, a rare condition affecting 0.02 percent of the population, in which the genitalia of a newborn is ambiguous—not clearly male or female. He pioneered the first clinic for the treatment of hermaphrodites at Johns Hopkins University where he advanced his belief that all children developed their masculine or feminine traits in the first years of life depending on how they were treated rather than their inherent biology. He described this socially constructed identity as “gender identity”—a term he coined in 1957.

Throughout the chapter, Dr. Grossman details Money’s professional background and influence in promoting pornography for educational purposes, reforming the attitudes of mental health professionals to view deviant sexual behavior, including pedophilia and incest, as a norm, and making changes in the prominent guidebook for psychiatry, the third edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-3), to reflect this acceptance. She also establishes his connection with Alfred Kinsey, a prominent figure from Indiana University who led the public campaign against traditional sexual morality in the 1940s.

In 1965, Money was famously presented with his first opportunity to test his theory that a child’s sex could be established contrary to biology. The experiment ended in tragedy but did not hinder this “social movement of the day”.

Despite damning evidence against Money, the National Institute of Health (NIH) proceeded to fund his research for twenty-five consecutive years. Grossman follows the trail from Dr. John Money’s “gender identity” theory to the powerful social-political movement of today.  Understanding the scientific and ethical deficiencies in the foundation of Money’s “gender identity” theory will equip the reader with the ability to test the modern movement’s authenticity and provide talking points to examine whether current belief systems are based on fact or sentiment.