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How Much Have Gender Transition Surgeries Really Increased? Here Are the Numbers.

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From 2016 to 2020, the number of gender transition surgeries performed in the U.S. each year increased fourfold, according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

SO WHAT

The debate over the merits, ethics and safety of gender-related surgeries has been intensifying as the phenomenon becomes more widespread.

THE NUMBERS

3,256 people underwent gender transition operations in 2016, the ASPS reported in 2017, the first year the organization began tracking gender surgery data. The next year, the number of procedures spiked by 155%, to 8,304.

WHY DID IT HAPPEN

The expansion of gender surgeries can be traced back to two actions carried out under President Obama’s administration.

THE CONTROVERSY

Defenders of the surgeries have argued they’re medically necessary and rare: “Gender confirmation” accounted for a fraction of the 2.3 million cosmetic surgeries reported by the ASPS in 2020.

But critics have questioned the ethics of removing body parts to accommodate identity, especially when it comes to minors.

  • In recent years, Republican lawmakers have put forth legislation aimed at barring doctors from performing transgender surgeries on minors.
  • Daily Wire contributor Matt Walsh has been among the most prominent voices speaking out against the practice.
  • Walsh recently published an exposé on Vanderbilt University’s Health Clinic, which included 2018 footage of a clinic doctor touting the moneymaking potential of gender transition surgeries.

Watch Newsmax’s On-Air War Against Tucker Carlson, in 2 Minutes

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Eric Bolling slammed fellow conservative cable news host Tucker Carlson as an “alleged American” on air Monday. It was just the latest round in Newsmax’s mostly one-way campaign against the Fox News superstar.


QUOTE OF THE DAY: ‘Latinx’ Is Officially a Problematic Word

Melissa Ochoa, an assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at St. Louis University, has urged fellow progressives to stop using “Latinx,” arguing the gender-inclusive term is oppressive.

THE QUOTE

Ochoa noted in an essay published in early September by The Conversation that “Latinx,” which has been adopted by progressives as an alternative to the gendered words “Latino” or “Latina,” is used by less than 5% of Hispanic Americans as a self-descriptor.

  • “When I first heard ‘Latinx’ in 2017, I thought it was progressive and inclusive, but I quickly realized how problematic it was,” she wrote.
  • “Individuals who self-identify as Latinx or are aware of the term are most likely to be U.S.-born, young adults from 18 to 29 years old. They are predominately English-speakers and have some college education,” she argued. “In other words, the most marginalized communities do not use Latinx. Scholars, in my view, should never impose social identities onto groups that do not self-identify that way.”
  • Ochoa’s proposed that inclusivity advocates instead use the term, “Latine,” which is fashionable among some Latin American activists and conforms better to Spanish morphology.

Who’s Having a Good/Bad Day on Twitter

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Our main characters on Twitter yesterday were the Santa Clara University men’s cross-country team and CNN host Chris Wallace.

HAVING A GOOD ONE

SANTA CLARA RUNNERS: The Broncos’ team photo, which was the product of a collaboration with a distance running website, went hugely viral over the past few days, and it’s not hard to see why.

HAVING A BAD ONE

WALLACE: Conservatives scoffed at the lackluster debut of the former Fox News host’s new CNN talk show, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?,” which scored ratings 29% below the average for its 7 p.m. time slot.

HEADLINES: Catch Up On the Rest of the News

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Here are the other stories conservatives are talking about today.

THE HEADLINES

SHUTDOWN DEADLINE DRAWS NEAR: With a shutdown looming at the end of the week, top lawmakers have proposed a stopgap package that would fund the government through mid-December. The deal also includes more than $12 billion in military and economic aid for Ukraine. Read more.

DAS VADANYA, SNOWDEN: Edward Snowden, who leaked classified information revealing the scope of domestic eavesdropping by U.S. intelligence in 2013 before fleeing to Russia, was granted Russian citizenship yesterday in a presidential decree signed by Vladimir Putin. Read more.

THE COST OF LOAN FORGIVENESS: The Biden administration’s student debt relief plan will cost roughly $400 billion over a decade and increase the federal deficit for years to come, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released yesterday. Read more.

A CONTROVERSIAL FBI RAID: The FBI’s raid on a pro-life Catholic family’s home last week has sparked a public outcry from conservatives and pro-life advocates who say the incident was politically motivated. In a statement yesterday, an FBI spokesperson disputed the family’s version of events. Read more.

TEXAS AG DENIES FLEEING: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has denied accusations he fled his home yesterday to avoid being served with a subpoena related to a lawsuit brought by out-of-state pro-abortion groups. Paxton tweeted that he was concerned for his family’s safety after seeing a stranger apparently loitering near his house. Read more.

THE 4PM POLL: Is Putin Bluffing?

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he’d “use all the means” at his country’s disposal to protect Russia’s “territorial integrity,” a statement widely interpreted as a reference to Russia’s nuclear arsenal. “It’s not a bluff,” he added.


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THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN: Democrats’ Wokeness Is Hurting Them With Latinos, 4PM Readers Say

A plurality of The 4PM Poll respondents believe the Democratic Party’s focus on “woke” cultural issues is driving Hispanic voters away.

WHAT YOU’RE SAYING

In yesterday’s poll, we asked: “Why are the Democrats losing Latino voters?”

  • 46% of you said wokeness.
  • 20% said the economy.
  • 13% said something else.
  • 11% said crime.
  • 10% said lack of outreach to Hispanics.

FROM THE MAILBAG

Elianastar wrote to us to say, “The DNC is losing Hispanics for the same reasons they are losing everyone else: record inflation, no-bail crime, record EVERYTHING costs, tyrannical indoctrination … calling anyone with the audacity to think for themselves fascist domestic terrorists — the list goes on and on and on.”

  • “Plus someone ‘running’ the country (into the ground) who should be in a HOME, NOT the White House,” she added.

THE KICKER: NASA Actually Fired a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid

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WE’RE DONE HERE

See you tomorrow.

THE 4PM: A HIGHLIGHT REEL OF TODAY’S NEWS. FOR CONSERVATIVES. EVERY AFTERNOON AT 4PM.