I know a little bit about people like Denise Shick because my own sister is involved in a right wing religious organization that has nothing better to do than pronounce themselves on things they know nothing about.
Not surprisingly, Ms Shick has no personal experience with gender dysphoria other than at some point in her life her father transitioned and she never forgave that particular indiscretion. For the record, The Federalist is another right-leaning website that also loves to pontificate on issues they know nothing about.
At this point I would like nothing better than to let Ms Shick have a taste of what gender dysphoria feels like for a few months and am certain she would change her tune awfully quickly. But such is the way the world works where more often than not it is the people least qualified to speak on a subject that are the most vociferous.
She somehow cannot see the connection between a releasing of social stigma and transgender people coming out of the woodwork and prefers to label it as fad. Blaming Alfred Kinsey and others for instilling sexual liberty is nothing short of moronic as is using the term "craze" to refer to the gender incongruence that spurs suicidal thoughts in some young people who feel helpless.
I could spend about an hour in room with her and set her straight but I have learnt that nothing can be done for the dogmatic believer who will not be confused or deterred with facts. For people like Ms Shick live within the monochromatic belief system that doesn't allow for the natural variances that a restriction-free society would bring. Instead she would rather see people suppress to her own heart's desiring in order to bend to the prescribed rules that work absolutely just fine for her but not for everyone else.
It is precisely these types of people that would get a mouthful were they unfortunate enough to meet up with me. They might not smarten up but I'd sure feel better about bursting their hot air balloon.