A Dramatic rise in presentation of gender dysphoria Parents and caregivers are finding that out of the blue a child or young adolescent announces that they are non-binary or that they are in fact the opposite sex and moreover that they have always known this. Often this coincides with a period of social isolation and […]
Will a milestone UK case on gender medicine for young people and children have impacts in NZ?
In the UK High Court a legal case against the Tavistock Clinic’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) has been won by Keira Bell. Bell is a 23 year old woman who was treated with puberty blockers and testosterone followed by a mastectomy, and lived as a male for several years before she realised that “transition […]
Solutions that are fair to everyone?
This opinion piece appeared last week in the 2019 Spring issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) at this link posted to members of the Green Party. Two Green Party friends contacted me delighted that the logjam of urgent debate on this issue in NZ politics had been broken. On Sunday evening in […]
The Royal Commission on Social Policy’s April Report 30 years on
Introduction. The scale of the consultation. The push for early publication. The long term impact. Explanation of the layout of the report. Volume I Volume II Volume 3 parts 1 & 2 Volume IV Appendix 1 Equating Māori and Pākehā values. The full text of the Royal Commission on Social Policy and link to the […]
A new ethics for the public realm? Lessons from the Second World War.
I’ve recently read A Faith to fight for” which was Left Book Club founder John Strachey’s lengthy letter to his daughter, written during The Blitz for her to read in 1951 (should she survive – luckily she did). Under this situation of duress Strachey felt compelled to look at the ultimate values by which to […]