Is There a “Fixed, Biological Basis for Gender Identity”?

[A PDF version of this article can be downloaded from this link. Links to papers referenced this article are included at the end of the online version of this article only] There is a short and easily overlooked passage in the Endocrine Society’s recent Scientific Statement on “Considering […]

Debunking the Bimodal “Sex Spectrum” Graph

I have long had a particular interest in the field of “zombie statistics”, statistics that are widely circulated as factual information but which have become entirely detached from their original source to the extent that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to establish their validity. Some zombie […]

Pubertal Suppression and the Tavistock Study – More Questions than Answers

I want to return to the High Court judgment in Bell v Tavistock and take a closer look at one of the more contentious issues that was put before the court, this being the question of the exact purpose for which puberty blockers are prescribed to adolescents presenting […]

Why Jolyon Maugham should stick to battering foxes

A few days ago I tweeted a few somewhat sceptical comments on the proposed intervention by the “Good Law Project” in the Tavistock Clinic’s upcoming application to appeal the High Court decision in Bell v Tavistock. This is, of course, the recent case dealing with the issue of […]

Doing Dorries a Disservice

As might be expected, Tom Chivers’ post on Nadine Dorries’ ‘Right to Know’ campaign has drawn a response from Dorries, even if she is merely intemperately parroting the comments of Dr. Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship: Tom Chivers has done the Daily Telegraph a disservice which […]

In defence of David Fergusson

Tom Chivers is something of a rare beast; a Daily Telegraph journalist who is both scientifically literate and honest enough to offer a critical commentary on articles appearing in his own newspaper. As such, I was pleased to see Tom weighing in on the subject of Nadine Dorries’ […]

Wikileaks? Meh…

This may be rather an unfashionable thing to say at the moment, but I’m getting a bit bored with this whole Wikileaks ‘cablegate’ business and rather wish that it would all go away for a while. Much of the problem I have resides in the manner in which […]

Nanny McTeather’s Bansturbation Fetish

Perhaps the most striking thing about the Department for Education’s announcement of yet another government review of the ‘commercialisation and sexualisation of children’ is the official statement given by Children’s Minister, Sarah Teather, which includes the following statement: We’ve all read the headlines about high-street shops selling inappropriate […]

Rape Statistics – What can we rely on?

Before we get into this properly, there’s a bit of background information I need to share with so you’ll understand, fully, how and why this article came to be written, what – exactly – I’m trying to achieve here. The origins of this article lie in a three-way […]

Bleachgate – the British connection

Let me introduce you to Christian Pankhurst… According to his Twitter profile, Christian is ‘about living from the heart, expanding awareness beyond the mind and helping people connect intimately’ but he also has an interesting sideline selling a so-called ‘miracle cure’ made of an industrial bleaching agent, sodium […]