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Steven Hassan

Anti-Trump cult expert mistakes porn for ‘highly sophisticated mind control’

What you saw was not 'highly sophisticated mind control,' Steven. It was pornography.

 

Siobhan Ball

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Published Dec 16, 2020   Updated Dec 16, 2020, 3:13 pm CST

Dr. Steven Hassan, author of The Cult of Trump and specialist in the intervention and rescue of people ensnared by cults, apparently recently discovered sissy hypnosis porn and seems to think it’s a genuine attempt at brainwashing people.

In response to a tweet by Motherboard journalist Samantha Cole announcing that Pornhub is removing unverified content from its site, Hassan said: “I hope they are deleting all hypnosis videos. I watched two videos to convince people they were another gender. What I saw was highly sophisticated mind control. Detransitioners pointed me to them!”

"I hope they are deleting all hypnosis videos. I watched two videos to convince people they were another gender. What I saw was highly sophisticated mind control. Detransitioners pointed me to them!" embedded tweet from @samleecole: breaking: Pornhub is nuking all unverified content from the site

Erotic hypnosis is a common fetish involving people doing or becoming, through a medium of hypnosis, a variety of things—from bimbofication (becoming a hypersexualized, dimwitted sex doll) to dronification (becoming a mindless drone controlled by a hive mind).

The genre of erotic hypnosis Hassan is talking about is known as sissification, a fetish that extends beyond the hypnosis community and revolves around men, usually cis men, being “forced” in a number of different ways—blackmail, hypnosis, kidnapping fantasies—to dress and behave like highly sexed caricatures of women (it’s basically bimbofication porn with a gender-bending twist).

what you saw was not 'highly sophisticated mind control' steven, it was pornography
Weird way to admit you have a sissy hypno kink but go off

While hypnosis can get people to carry out specific actions, it can’t force them to do those things if they’re genuinely unwilling to. Additionally, much of the content isn’t actually intended to hypnotize the viewer, it’s just a pornographic fantasy for the viewer to get off to.

The sissy fetish is also actually largely unpopular with the trans community. While a small number of trans people have engaged with the kink as a safe means of exploring their gender identity at the beginning of their journey, many more see it as fetishization and a transphobic caricature of them and their experiences. Basically, anyone who comes away from watching a sissy porn hypnosis video, even if it’s a genuine hypnotic product instead of aesthetic wank material, is still going to have the same gender they started out with.

Steve. Maybe we need to talk? It only seems like highly sophisticated mind control when you’re susceptible, and if you’re susceptible, well, like I said, maybe we need to talk.
That stuff intended for cis folks engaging in Dominance/submission roleplay, generally of the forced feminization variety.   Occasionally, a closeted trans person may seek that as a means of reducing social guilt for being trans by transferring responsibility. They don't work.
Holy shit that is the funniest thing ever. Dude is exactly where I was the summer of 2016 and in for a *wild* ride.

Most people familiar with sissy porn responded to Hassan’s tweet with humor. “Buddy this is main,” one Twitter user jokingly reminded him.

buddy this is main
I'm curious if these were my videos, sir. If so, do you have any tips for my viewership on how they can escape my evil clutches?
- Mr. President, I'm afraid our Highly Sophisticated Mind Control tech has fallen into the wrong hands -My God. What are they doing with it? Creating legions of sleeper agents? Brainwashing a generation of revolutionaries to take us down? - No sir, they're making kinky porn.
@TheCrystalMaeve
Steven I recently saw a video where a man used a remote control to make a woman do what he wanted. I'm very concerned about these devices- this one looked just like an ordinary TV remote, they could be widespread already in plain sight!  Secondly, on the subject of pizza delivery

Some were admittedly more savage than others.

Me earlier today: Anyone with a PhD can call themselves Doctor, i don't care  Me after reading this tweet: Anyone with a PhD EXCEPT this fucking guy
@day10machine
this is very serious, tell me, how did you resist the incredible techniques on display? can your institution somehow reimburse you for all the poppers?
Huge « my wife caught me jacking off to sissy porn at 3 am » here Steven

However, Hassan’s remarks aren’t just a funny mistake by an out-of-the-loop, 66-year-old man. Hassan stated in his tweet he was sent the videos by detranisitioners, people who realize after beginning the social and/or medical transition process that they are wrong about their gender identity and really are the gender they were assigned to at birth.

While detransitioners are very rare among those who undergo or start to undergo a transition, a small but outspoken number of them align with the TERF and gender-critical movements, spreading misinformation about the trans community and working to make it more difficult for people to transition. Given the deeply misleading way they seem to have framed these videos when sending them to Hassan, it would appear the detransitioners he’s talking about had transphobic motives in doing so.

While Hassan hasn’t responded to any of the criticism, he did respond to a Twitter user, @karengeier, agreeing to let her send him a copy of her show in which a trans woman speaks about her experiences with the gender critical “cult.” So perhaps, Hassan will be educating himself on the matter soon.

@karengeier: Hey Steven can I send you a copy of my show where I spoke to a trans woman about the cult of Gender Critical and how she was used as a pawn to further their sick conservative agenda? Quote Tweet @CultExpert: thumbs up emoji

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*First Published: Dec 16, 2020, 3:12 pm CST