I have no doubt that the internet has allowed the gender ideology to spread more efficiently and quickly than would have been possible without it. I do not believe that my teenage daughter, halfway across the world from the place where this ideology seems to have mostly originated (the US — right?) would be identifying the way she does now if it was not for the presence of the internet in her life.
This is because she simply would never have found the made-up terms that she has. The particular term that she has chosen was not even coined until some time after she was born, yet she claims to always have been that.
That's not what I mean in asking this question, though.
My daughter has indicated that she first "discovered" that she liked male pronouns while playing online multiplayer games. The game avatars are separate from one's physical body, and can be changed at will. However one presents one's self is how one will be seen, coupled with the way in which one chooses or is able to use language.
Those who present in "stereotypically female ways" face misognystic and sexual attacks. It is no wonder that one would choose not use female pronouns or in any way female-looking avatars. Thanks to the internet, that can be changed instantly.
As one spends more time in these online worlds, one becomes detached from one's body, perhaps.
The same might not just be true in video games but also in text-based media such as certain social media platforms.
Is online life separating young people from their physical bodies? Am I off-base here? What are your thoughts?