A specialist in hypersexuality and paraphilias, Dr James Cantor was a perfect guest to speak with regarding the current trend of medicalizing children under the rubric of transgender health care. Having first seen him on Bejamin A Boyce’s podcast, Calmversations, I was excited that he took the time to speak with me also. I have a lot of ideas about transgender ideology, but I do not have access to research facilities. being able to tap into the knowledge of someone who has been studying in this realm for many years, it allowed me to tune tune my thought process.
There are many reasons why I have conversations with people and post them to social media. To demonstrate that you can talk about tendentious topics publicly without fear. To have the difficult conversations with someone you may not necessarily agree with. To talk with someone about their ideas at greater length. To build networks of like minded individuals. Most importantly, to find out valuable information to share with others.
When you watch a documentary twice, and not because you weren’t paying full attention at first, then it must be because of the phenomenal value of the experience. The State Media, a UK organization made up of folks who have a gender critical point of view, has researched and developed such a film. Gender Ideology is broken down into a fourteen part mini-series or you can watch the full length version which is almost two and half hours. Not finished there, they have begun a second season, where they continue their examination of gender ideology and its effects on society.
My first protest must have been when I was about seven years old. My best friend’s mother took us to picket the closing of our local library. Since then, I have participated in Pride marches (still a protest of sorts), climate protests, the death of Canada (when Stephen Harper was elected), counter protested anti-gay protesters at the legislative building (in drag), and of course, covid lockdowns. Someone tried shaming me online once for defending the right of Christians to protest covid restrictions on religious gatherings. I have always supported protests, even if I do not agree with what is being protested against. I do no bracket them in the disclaimer “peaceful”. They are, by nature, at times unruly, agitated, loud, and may be disruptive. Disruptive, not destructive.
In life there are times when you come across a person who gives you a chance. Possibly this is a stranger or someone you know. You may be seeking a new position within a company, auditioning for a new role, or in my case, starting a podcast. And you need someone to be the first. The first person to be a guest. The first person to say yes. The first person to give you a chance. For myself, that was Dr David Eberhard, a Swedish psychiatrist. I will be forever grateful to him for providing me with this opportunity.