Nervous About Sharing Your Uninformed Opinion? Then Don’t

Feel relieved? Good. But it was never about your feelings

Tucker Lieberman
8 min readJan 25, 2023

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squirrel, perhaps nervous, hiding in rocks
Nervous squirrel by Brigitte Werner from Pixabay

On January 22, the New York Times published an article on trans kids that was heavy on the Just asking questions! It positioned itself to interrogate the existences, identities, and behaviors of trans kids from the ground up, as if no one had ever thought about this before and as if there were no good-quality information to be consulted.

I previously described it in this 9-minute article:

The next day, the newspaper ran a brief opinion by Michelle Goldberg (unpaywalled subscriber gift link). She hints that, in early 2022, she was working on an article about “youth gender transition,” specifically about a “spike in kids identifying as trans,” but gave up after Emily Bazelon and Azeen Ghorayshi published their articles in the Times in June and July.

That sure is an interesting admission, because the State of Texas quoted Bazelon’s article in court documents to support its anti-transgender arguments, and the Family

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Tucker Lieberman

Editor for Prism & Pen. Author of the novel "Most Famous Short Film of All Time." https://tuckerlieberman.com/