Gender: A Wider Lens
Gender: A Wider Lens
94 — WPATH’s Bizarre 8th Standards of Care

94 — WPATH’s Bizarre 8th Standards of Care


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WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) has recently released its Standards of Care, Version 8 (SOC8) to a lot of criticism and controversy. Sasha and Stella provide a preliminary examination of WPATH and their SOC8, explaining why they believe glaring issues within these guidelines have discredited the organization.


Extended Notes

  • WPATH is a fringe organization.

  • Many doctors are influenced by WPATH without knowing it.

  • The Standards of Care are misguided and fully represent the citations they are based on.

  • Stella shares the history of WPATH and its documents.

  • In 1979, Harry Benjamin released his first Standards of Care.

  • In 2006, the Henry Benjamin Foundation changed its name to WPATH.

  • In SOC 7, a chapter on ethics was removed from the document yet the chapter on eunuchs remained.

  • SOC8 has the feel of a shopping list of surgical interventions.

  • Almost all of the minimum age requirements were missing from SOC8.

  • The language is “lawyer language” because it is vague enough for no one to be held responsible.

  • The document is more about political will than clinical care.

  • Sasha shares the nonsensical parts of SOC8, referencing the non-binary chapter.

  • Many items are categorized under gender but are truly body modifications.

  • Many website references cited in the document include unsavory information.

  • Detransitioners are badly depicted in SOC8 and the definition of a detransitioner is abhorrent.


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.