A woman who once lived as a man, a transgender person, explained how the internet communities and social pressure pushed her to transition for several years.
Michael Knowles, the daily Wire’s host, emphasized the story of a woman called Helena Kerschner, who was detranstioned once she took hormones and lived as a man for several years.
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She explained that her self-esteem issues as a teenager brought her online, and she learned about transgenderism.
Kerschner took hormones at 18, but now at 22, she has stopped doing so, and she is a woman again.
She stated that the pressure from groups online led her to believe that she needed to transition.
“Around the time I was 15 years old, I was going through a period in my life where I just didn’t have a lot of friends, I had body insecurities that were just really kind of tormenting me, and this led me to go online a lot,” Kerschner said.
It was the site Tumblr where she said ‘’gender ideology’’ is rampant.
“The gender ideology is very prominent there,” she said, adding that there are many social incentives to change your pronouns and embrace gender ideology only to remain in those online communities.
Kirschner said that those types of internet communities could ‘’feel so accepting’’ and take an unhealthy role in a young girl’s life. “They’re what makes you feel accepted, and they’re where you want to fit in, so you’re willing to do almost anything to kind of conform to that social group,” Kerschner said.
These communities encourage tees to explore transgenderism and will tell them that normal teenage self-esteem problems are signs of gender dysphoria.
“There are people in these communities who will say, if you don’t like your body, that’s a sign of gender dysphoria, if you don’t fit in with other girls, that’s a sign of gender dysphoria, if you don’t like the way your voice sounds in a recording, that’s a sign of gender dysphoria.”
“As a teenager, you don’t really realize how universal it is [to not like your body or voice],” Kerschner told Knowles.
“It’s a lot of talking to other peers who are very creative [and] they’re imagining these ideas, they’re imagining what their future is going to look like, and just not really having any pushback against that from any of your peers,” she said.