Professor’s Gender Paper Gets Him in Hot Water

( – Psychology Professor Michael Bailey of Northwestern University recently had his research paper on transgenderism and gender dysphoria retracted after he says “transgender activists” ganged up against him. Bailey’s scientific paper on Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) was published March 29 in the prestigious medical journal Archives of Sexual Behavior but was pulled late last month after grave concerns were raised about its content.

ROGD is a term coined by Dr. Lisa Littman five years ago to describe preteens and teens, especially girls, suddenly becoming focused on and determined to change their gender. The term has proven controversial, which Bailey said he fully understands. It was partly for this reason that he wanted to more thoroughly investigate the facts behind ROGD and find out what exactly may be causing and increasing it.

As Bailey notes, ROGD is unusual even in terms of childhood and teen transgenderism because unlike girls who grew up from a young age feeling like a boy, ROGD generally affects young women who suddenly and almost spontaneously become determined to change their gender, often with accompanying mental health and emotional stability challenges co-presenting as symptoms. In other words, Bailey wanted to team up with research partner Suzanna Diaz to scientifically and psychologically examine the potential overlap or difference between mental illness and ROGD.

Despite his study being frequently downloaded and highly ranked among readers, the Internal Academy of Sex Research (IASR) who published it in their journal managed to get it retracted from Springer, a prominent depository of peer-reviewed academic work. In their message to Bailey and Diaz, IASR said there were “ethical concerns” about the article as well as its academic “integrity.” The truth, according to Bailey, is that the IASR has become obsessed with “identity politics” and has a number of far-left activists within its ranks who are negatively impacting and sabotaging the ability of researchers like him to fairly publish and bring forth research.

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