Published On: Tue, Sep 26th, 2017

University blocks study on ‘sex change regret’ to avoid attacks on social media, politically correct crowd

A researcher who proposed conducting a study of those who seek to reverse gender reassignment surgery because of regret had his proposal denied by his university. Bath Spa University refused to allow James Caspian, a psychotherapist seeking a master’s degree in counseling and psychotherapy, to do the study because the study might harm the school’s reputation on social media.

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According to The Sunday Times, “The proposal was rejected with an explanation noting that it was a potentially ‘politically incorrect’ piece of research and could lead to material being posted online that ‘may be detrimental to the reputation of the institution.’”

Caspian was advised to change and resubmit his proposal more than once but was ultimately sent a rejection form that said, “Engaging in a potentially ‘politically incorrect’ piece of research carries a risk to the university,” and “Attacks on social media may not be confined to the researcher but may involve the university.”

Caspian responded: “In the language of psychotherapy, my ego is strong enough to withstand attack or criticism should I read it elsewhere than social media,” while suggesting that it is “the university [that] cannot withstand disagreement, argument, [and] dissension.”

Bath Spa University’s website notes it is “a leading educational institution in creativity, culture and enterprise. Based in a world heritage city and connected to a network of international partners, we ensure that our graduates are socially engaged citizens.”

“Where would stand the reputation of a university that cannot follow the most basic tenets of academic and intellectual freedom of inquiry?” Caspian asked. “I am more concerned about the potential impact of that stance on its reputation than I am about possible comments on social media.”

“I was astonished at that decision,” Caspian told BBC’s Radio 4. “I think that a university exists to encourage discussion, research — dissent even, challenging perhaps ideas that are out of date or not particularly useful.”

University’s stance conflicts with scientific research.

Caspian, 58, a longtime counselor specializing in therapy for “transgendered individuals,” as well as training “for professionals, counselors, therapists and organizations about transgender, transsexual and gender variant people.”

Regret is not uncommon.

Walt Heyer, a former transgender, writing in Public Discourse earlier this year, observed, “Forty-one percent of the transgender population … will at some point attempt suicide. Even when affirmed, accepted, and loved, transgender individuals attempt suicide, which indicates that the issues they struggle with run deeper than a change in gender identity can rectify.”

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