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Letters Gender dysphoria

Gender dysphoria: same old media tropes

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 04 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6430
  1. Michael J Shaw, consultant in gender dysphoria
  1. Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Benfield House, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 4QD, UK

Investigative journalism has an inherent publication bias. Rather than shedding light on the relevant sociopolitical, ethical, and scientific issues, Cohen and Barnes seem to view the complexity of gender dysphoria in adolescence through a narrow media lens.1

Characteristic media tropes, particularly in headlines, use inflammatory or alarmist language, emphasise age or other perceived vulnerability, sometimes use sexualised terms, and focus on interventions …

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