Anti-Trans “Grooming” and “Social Contagion” Claims Explained

Julia Serano
13 min readNov 29, 2022
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Content warning for non-graphic mentions of child sexual abuse (and false accusations thereof).

There is a virtually endless list of things that supposedly cause people to become transgender. During the mid-to-late twentieth century, perhaps the most common proposed cause was faulty parent-child dynamics, especially “dominant” or “smothering” mothers (because…

Julia Serano

writes about gender, sexuality, social justice, & science. author of Whipping Girl, Excluded, 99 Erics, & her latest: SEXED UP! more at