The US transgender activist Riki Wilchins told Today there had been a strong political undercurrent in previous studies, which had been used to restrict transgender people’s access to surgery.
“So when I see one more study that aims to show transgender people really don’t need this or want this, or they are just deluded or suffering from some other kind of psychopathology, I look at it a little bit warily … The problem is not the study itself, it’s the uses to which that study is put,” she said.
Wilchins said a “very small fraction” of people decide to detransition. “I’m not trying to say it’s not a fraught experience for them, or that it should not be studied. But it’s not the first place I would put my money if I wanted to study the problems afflicting transgender people,” she said.
So that what gets studied is not determined by what you would do with your own money.
Sure, I too agree that the world would probably be a better place if there were rather more of it where we spent our money as we wish rather than having the tax leeches doing it for us. But that is still true, that the very argument for government financing is so that your, or my, prejudices and desires don’t influence what is researched.