Gender: A Wider Lens
Gender: A Wider Lens
21 - Gender Dysphoria in Boys: Part 2 — A Conversation with Angus Fox

21 - Gender Dysphoria in Boys: Part 2 — A Conversation with Angus Fox


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Continuing the discussion about the new type of boy who is seeking to transition, we speak to Angus Fox, author of a series in Quillette. Angus explains why he thought it so important to earn the trust of parents who participate in clandestine meetings about their gender dysphoric sons. We discuss the role of systematic thinking in ROGD boys and the encouragement of their female friends to transition. Angus also provides his insights as a gay man remembering his own challenging boyhood.


Angus Fox (2021) — “When Sons Become Daughters: Parents of Transitioning Boys Speak Out on Their Own Suffering”

Angus Fox — Part II

Angus Fox — Part III

Extended Notes

  • How did Angus get into this field and get interested in gender dysphoria?

  • What are some of Angus’s biases?

  • So many parents are blindsided when their child comes out as trans.

  • The counselors and therapists are partly to blame.

  • Angus conducted a survey to see what parents thought was influencing their children to become trans.

  • What did Angus uncover after conducting this extensive research?

  • These boys are often bright, socially behind, and very online.

  • Angus noticed that a lot of these boys were playing particular RPG games and it gave them a false illusion of what the female aesthetic really was.

  • These very intelligent boys, who often have intelligent answers to things, are giving parents very strange and almost immature answers as to why they want to become a woman.

  • Predatory men online could be further exacerbating the problem.

  • How do these boys end up relating to their own sexuality?

  • We’re seeing a rocketing number of people who are saying they’re bisexual.

  • What benefits do these gender dysphoric boys get by joining a girl clique?

  • Why are young women so obsessed with dressing up their new toy?

  • So many families are just lost and don’t know what to do.

  • Want diversity and inclusion? You should see these groups. They’re diverse and they’re all worried about their child.

  • When you talk to de-transitioners, they all have a level of wisdom about who they are and what they want.

  • Did Angus see a connection with autism in his surveyed group?

  • What kinds of reactions are mom and dad having when it comes to having a trans teen?

  • Children are taking fewer and fewer risks in our environment. As a way to rebel, they’re taking risks on their bodies and their personal identity instead.

  • Angus is curious about the child birth order and where trans children fall under. If they have a big family, small family, and where are they in the birth order, does it impact their identity?

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Gender: A Wider Lens
Gender: A Wider Lens
Therapists Stella O’Malley and Sasha Ayad explore diverse perspectives through a psychological lens, fostering open dialogue on gender identity, transition, and the transgender umbrella. Their work with gender dysphoric clients and unique experiences yield an informed outlook delving into gender's psychological nuances. Interviews with clinicians, academics, transgender individuals, parents, detransitioners, and others touched by gender provide varied insights and intimate inquiry into the taboo yet relevant topic.