What You'll Learn:
Many girls look for a sense of identity amidst the confusing and socially awkward years of adolescence. Often, young women channel this pursuit into group fads that are physically and mentally damaging, including obsessions with anorexia and cutting. Writer for The Wall Street Journal Abigail Shrier argues that the contemporary tide turning young girls transgender falls into the same category. Typical gender dysphoria is defined as extreme, unbearable distress in one’s body, and though it originally impacted a sparse .01% of the population, 1,000% more people in the US bear this label today. Culture, therapy, and the medical field have wreaked havoc on the lives of many young women, misdiagnosing their distress and pushing them toward a lifestyle that only perpetuates their pain.