Taking issue with Jesse Singal’s piece in the Atlantic about trans children who detransition.

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June 29 2018 9:39 PM

In 12,000 Words

Jesse Singal wrote about children who detransition. But did he do his subjects justice?

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Correction, July 2, 2018: The headline originally misstated the number of words Mike Pesca says are in Jesse Singal’s cover story in the Atlantic. He says 12,000 words, not 13,000.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.