Published Articles by Denise Shick
John Wants to Be Jane: 3 Ways to Counsel a Gender-Confused Child
AUGUST 19, 2019
“Mom and Dad, can we talk?”
With this seemingly ordinary request, your 14-year-old son goes on to reveal that he identifies as a girl. He tells you he’s been quietly uncomfortable in his male body for years. Recently, he’s connected with transgender teens at school and online, and the similarity of their feelings and experiences has confirmed to him that he is transgender. He asks you to start referring to him as your daughter.
Accepting homosexuality led to accepting transgenderism and will likely lead to accepting pedophilia
Mar 1, 2019
March 1, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is commonly credited with defining the philosophical structure called dialectic. While I make no claim to be a serious student of Hegel or of philosophy in general, I think I understand the basics of dialectic reasoning enough to refer to its effect on our culture.
In simple terms, the system suggests that cultures evolve through a pattern like this: Thesis (a new idea) --> antithesis (opposition to new idea) --> synthesis (compromise). (No doubt some will call this an oversimplification of the process. But I believe it accurately depicts cultural evolution.)
It’s ‘verbal abuse’ for mom to insist her 6-year-old son is really a ‘girl’
Nov 30, 2018
Whoever coined the phrase about sticks and stones breaking bones but words being harmless must have lived an isolated life. I’ve endured some painful physical events, not the least of which was giving birth. But some of the verbal attacks leveled against me have left emotional scars that still sting more than any physical scab.
Words matter; words are powerful. Words can harm or heal. Who hasn’t been the victim of verbal assaults such as gossip or of outright invective? But one can also fall prey to a subtler form of verbal abuse: inappropriate suggestion.
The Solution To Toxic Masculinity Is Not Telling Men To Put On A Dress
February 6, 2019
Our culture seems to be increasingly falling prey to the scourge of assertions and even legislation based on false dichotomies. For example:
Either you support sending more troops to the Middle East or you are America’s enemy.
I can either stay at my current job or I can quit and live in poverty.
If you oppose America entering a war, you hate the military.
If you support America entering a war, you hate people who don’t look like you.
If you do not donate to a charity that helps orphans, you hate kids.
Either you love and support my candidate, or you love and support the opposition candidate.
Rapid-onset gender dysphoria in adolescents and young adults: A study of parental reports
August 16, 2018
In on-line forums, parents have been reporting that their children are experiencing what is described here as “rapid-onset gender dysphoria,” appearing for the first time during puberty or even after its completion. The onset of gender dysphoria seemed to occur in the context of belonging to a peer group where one, multiple, or even all of the friends have become gender dysphoric and transgender-identified during the same timeframe. Parents also report that their children exhibited an increase in social media/internet use prior to disclosure of a transgender identity. The purpose of this study was to document and explore these observations and describe the resulting presentation of gender dysphoria, which is inconsistent with existing research literature.
California Passes Law Allowing 12-Year-Olds To Get Tax-Paid Transgender Treatments
September 24, 2018
You have to be 16 obtain a driver’s license in California, 18 to buy a rifle, engage in consensual sex, or get married without parental consent, and 21 to buy a handgun, alcohol, or marijuana. But in the nation’s most progressive state, you only need to be 12 years old to privately seek and consent to treatment for gender transitioning.
The recently enacted California law was written to “provide that the rights of minors and non-minors in foster care, as described above, include the right to be involved in the development of case plan elements related to placement and gender affirming health care, with consideration of their gender identity.”
“GOD and Pronouns, He Knows What He’s Doing” BarbWire.com
February 12, 2018
“It has not been for nothing that the word has remained man’s principal toy and tool: without the meanings and values it sustains, all man’s other tools would be worthless.” – Lewis Mumford, Words Matter
Pronouns make pertinent points. The recent decision by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington D.C. to ban the use of masculine pronouns when referring to God is no mere matter of semantics. The effects on those who subscribe to the ban will be significant.
“The Simplest and Most Profound Question: Who Am I?” BarbWire.com
June 6, 2017
“Know thyself.” It was an adage among the ancient Greeks. After all, the reasoning went, what good is knowing things if one does not know one’s self? Millennia later, as I grew up in 20th-century America, it wasn’t uncommon to hear people speak of finding themselves or of taking journeys of self-discovery.
“Just Because Your Transgender Parent Isn't Messing with You, Doesn't Mean It Doesn't Happen.” TheFederalist.com
December 16, 2016
Prompted by a dinner-table discussion with her parents, Elle Tannehill, a 13-year-old girl, gave an eloquent response to my Federalist article “Having Transgender Parents Will Hurt Kids Like It Hurt Me.” I learned of this family discussion because Elle’s second mother (who until fairly recently was her father) wrote it up and sent it to The Huffington Post, where it was published.
“Having Transgender Parents Will Hurt Kids, Like It Hurt Me” TheFederalist.com
October 11, 2016
In 1960, when Random House Books first published P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book Are You My Mother?, no one would have guessed that a generation later children might be asking that very question of their fathers.
“Dear Bruce Jenner: Please Consider Your Children's Emotional Well-being.” BarbWire.com
April 75, 2015
“Dear Mr. Jenner,
America is watching intently as you seek to transition from man to woman. So are your daughters. As a daughter who watched her own father make the same choice, I plead with you to reconsider. My father’s revelation to me that he wanted to become a woman sent my life into a tailspin.”
“The Embracing of the Transgender Community, While Ignoring Romans 2:4” CharismaNews.com
October 03, 2016
Anthony Bradley's article, "Helping Transgendered Christians," in World Magazine breaks no new ground. Drawing primarily from a friend's experiences and from Mark Yarhouse's book Understanding Gender Dysphoria, Bradley's message can be summarized as follows: "Christians need to show compassion to those who suffer with the difficult symptoms of gender dysphoria.” Bradley will get no argument from me or from most Christians I know.