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Observatory Charter

About the Observatory of Ideological Discourses

on children and adolescents – " La Petite Sirène "

Founding charter

 

The Little Mermaid Observatory is amultidisciplinary collective of professional practitioners and researchers : doctors, child psychiatrists, psychologists, psychoanalysts, lawyers, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, judges for children, National Education teachers, school officials, among others.

1)  The Observatory refers to aposition of universalismdefending the values of human rights,child protection.

2)  As such, he defends acharter of equal democratic rights : equality, secularism, fight against any influence of sectarian or ideological type constitute the base.

3)  He isindependent of any political party or religious affiliation. He firmly rejects any right to recover his ideas in this regard.

4) He strongly refutes any accusation of transphobia.

This collective was formed by observing the massive increase in new diagnoses of “gender dysphoria” and trans identity among minors, leading toheavy, systematic and immediate medical care,excluding any genuinely developed social, medical or psychiatric consultation.

 

Our Observatory considers that such serious and irreversible decisions deserve precise, scientific and concerted questioning, which goes beyond ideological, political and pseudo-consensual postures:

 

-    Does a human being in full neuropsychological maturation really have the means to project himself into a given genre by mastering the challenges of a future existence entirely dependent on medical treatmentsvery heavy and definitive?

-    What is a “informed consent in this sense? I'"self-determination of the child “, argument returned by a certain militancy pushing children to change gender, is a concept that the practice of clinicians must question on an ethical level.

-    The Observatory also questions the methods at work, in particular via thesocial networks, testifying to real processes of control over the body and sexuality of children.

-    Finally, the Observatory ofThe Little Mermaid questions the Medical Corpsin what constitutes its base: what is a medicine that puts itself at the service of ideologies without taking the time, very often, to question the symptoms of children in search of identity, evil in their bodies , and, for at least half of them, may presenta psychic vulnerability or real psychopathology which is often obscured by “transidentity”?

 

These questions arise in all Western countries: groups of specialized professionals have worked to improve legislation and the quality of care. The Little Mermaid set upan international network with these collectives in Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain.

The Observatory will be able to take up other subjects that would have a physical and psychological impact on children and adolescents.

Association office

BUREAU

Board of Directors (8 members):

 

• Céline Masson, University Professor 

​• Caroline Eliacheff, child psychiatrist

​• Anna Cognet, clinical psychologist

​• Jean-Pierre Lebrun, psychiatrist

​• Alexandre Ledrait, Lecturer, Director of PMP, OSE, court expert

​• Sophie Dechêne, child psychiatrist

​• Nicole Athea, gynecologist-endocrinologist​

​• Claire Squires, psychiatrist, former. Lecturer, Univ. Paris

 

Office :

 

​• The three co-presidents: Céline Masson, Caroline Eliacheff, Sophie Dechene

​• The Secretary General, Anna Cognet Kayem 

​• Deputy Secretary General 1: Alexandre Ledrait

​• Deputy Secretary General 2: Beryl Koener

• Deputy Secretary General 2: Jean-Pierre Lebrun

​• Treasurer: Catherine Jongen

​• The Assistant Treasurer:  Claire Squires

Management Board

dIRECTOIRE
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CELINE MASSON

CO-DIRECTOR

Céline Masson is a psychoanalyst, university professor and member of the Centre d'Histoire des Sociétés, des Sciences et des Conflits at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne. Director of the Research Network on Racism and Anti-Semitism (RRA), President of the French Association for Research on Creative Processes-Pandora, co-director with Caroline Eliacheff of the Observatory of Ideological Discourses on Children and Adolescents (La Petite Sirène). She is also co-director of the DU in child protection at Université Paris Cité in partnership with Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants. She co-edits the "Questions sensibles" collection published by Hermann with Isabelle de Mecquenem, where in February 2022 she published Crise des repères identitaires : race, sexe, genre, part of the 6-book series L'avenir d'une désillusion that she initiated.

She has published: Les Indomptables, figures of anorexia, Odile Jacob, 1989; Body and screaming, being a psychoanalyst with toddlers, Odile Jacob, 1994; Private lives, from the child king to the child victim,

Odile Jacob, 1997; Mothers-daughters, a three-way relationship, with Nathalie Heinich, Albin Michel, 2002; The Family in all its states, Albin Michel, 2005; The Time of the Victims, with Daniel Soulez Larivière, Albin Michel, 2007; Can I call you Sigmund, Albin Michel, 2010; How the veil fell on the nativity scene, Albin Michel, 2013; Françoise Dolto, a special day, Flammarion, 2018; My life with the Countess of Ségur, Gallimard, 2021; The factory of the transgender child with Céline Masson, editions of the observatory, 2022

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CAROLINE ELIACHEFF

CO-DIRECTOR

Caroline Eliacheff, child psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, essayist.

She has published: Les Indomptables, figures of anorexia, Odile Jacob, 1989; Body and screaming, being a psychoanalyst with toddlers, Odile Jacob, 1994; Private lives, from the child king to the child victim,

Odile Jacob, 1997; Mothers-daughters, a three-way relationship, with Nathalie Heinich, Albin Michel, 2002; The Family in all its states, Albin Michel, 2005; The Time of the Victims, with Daniel Soulez Larivière, Albin Michel, 2007; Can I call you Sigmund, Albin Michel, 2010; How the veil fell on the nativity scene, Albin Michel, 2013; Françoise Dolto, a special day, Flammarion, 2018; My life with the Countess of Ségur, Gallimard, 2021; The factory of the transgender child with Céline Masson, editions of the observatory, 2022

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PASCALE BELOT-FOURCADE

Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst

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DOMINIQUE CRESTINU

Endocrino-gynecologist, psychosomatic specialist.

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THIERRY DELCOURT

Psychiatrist, child psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, currently in private practice

Professional background: Assistant in Psychiatric Hospitals - Expert before the Courts - Editor-in-Chief of Revisions Psychiatries and Bulletin d'Information des Psychiatres Privés, BIPP - President of ODPCPP, Formation Continue des Psychiatres Privés - Vice-president of the Syndicat National des Psychiatres Privés SNPP - Vice-president of the Association Française des Psychiatres d'Exercice Privé AFPEP-.

Clinical research into the creative process, creative recourse and therapeutic creativity.

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CHRISTIAN FLAVIGNY

Child psychiatrist, former head of clinic-assistant at Paris hospitals then hospital practitioner, author of numerous works in child psychiatry (child suicide, anorexia nervosa, child hyperactivity), etc. At the start of his career, he worked with Dr Léon KREISLER at the Saint-Vincent de Paul hospital (childhood genital ambiguities), and became an expert in adoption, starting out in the team of Pr Michel SOULÉ (co-author with Mrs Simone VEIL of the 1966 law on full adoption), a practice he continued in Seine-Saint-Denis and Morbihan.

 

A psychoanalyst (APF), after training in child psychotherapy (Mme Annie ANZIEU) and psychoanalytic psychodrama (Mme Simone DAYMAS) in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis at the Hôpital de la Salpêtrière, he became its director for some fifteen years, under the direction of Pr Michel BASQUIN.

He has published a number of works on recent developments in family life, and in this capacity has been interviewed by parliamentary committees at the National Assembly, the Senate, the Council of State, etc.

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ANGELIQUE GOZLAN

Docteure en Psychopathologie Psychologue clinicienne. Responsable clinique et scientifique de l'équipe Together, application de santé mentale pour les adolescents; EPS Ville-Evrard.​

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KARINNE GUENICHE

Clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, senior lecturer in clinical psychology at the Université de Paris Cité

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HUBERT HECKMANN

Ancien élève de l'École normale supérieure de la rue d'Ulm. Agrégé de Lettres modernes. Docteur en littérature française. Maître de conférences en langue et littérature françaises du Moyen Âge à l'Université de Rouen. Ses recherches portent sur la poésie épique, la littérature et l'anthropologie.

Sur les idéologies contemporaines, il a contribué aux ouvrages collectifs Crise de la gauche. Cancel Culture, décolonialisme et universalisme (Hermann, 2022), Après la déconstruction. L'université au défi des idéologies (Odile Jacob, 2023) et Sauver ? (PUF, 2023). Il est l'auteur de Cancel ! De la culture de la censure à l'effacement de la culture (Intervalles, 2022)

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​BERYL KOENER

Pédopsychiatre, Belgique. Docteur en médecine à l'Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), docteur (PhD) en Sciences Médicales, laboratoire de neuropharmacologie de l'institut des neurosciences (IoNS) de l'Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). Diplômée en thérapie familiale et systémique au CEFORES (Centre de formation et de Recherche en Approche systémique et thérapie familiale)

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THIERRY LAMOTE

Thierry Lamote holds a doctorate in clinical psychopathology and is a qualified lecturer in psychology. Director of the Centre d'Etude des Radicalisations et de leurs Traitements (CERT), he created the "Radicalisation et terrorisme" and "Formes contemporaines de l'emprise" university diplomas at Université Paris Cité.

 

He has published a number of articles and books on radicalisation, sectarian phenomena and collective violence, including: La scientologie déchiffrée par la psychanalyse. La folie du fondateur L. Ron Hubbard, Toulouse, Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2011; L'envers obscène de la modernité, De la Scientologie à Daech, Paris, Hermann, 2017; La farce ou la condition humaine post-tragique : Que nous apprend le Liban du lien social contemporain, Toulouse, PUM, 2019 (With Dina G. Besson); La féroce ignorance. Religion, Radicalisation, Mouvements d'émancipation I, Paris, Archives Karéline, 2023; La violence insidieuse: Anthropologie et psychologie de la sorcellerie et du harcèlement, Paris, Archives Karéline, 2023 (With S. Bindi and E. Dianteill); Regardez-les jouir! Religion, Radicalisation, Mouvements d'émancipation II, Paris, Archives Karéline, 2023 (with M. Moulla) ; Violences collectives, crimes de masse et terrorisme, Paris, MJW Fédition, 2023 (with V. Christopoulou and P. Cotti).

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JEAN-PIERRE LEBRUN

Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, associate professor at the University of Louvain, former president of the Association lacanienne internationale (ALI) and the Association freudienne de Belgique (AFB), associate trainer at the Centre Chapelle aux champs, lecturer at the Université Catholique de Louvain. Director of the Humus and Singulier-Pluriel collections published by Erès, author of some twenty books published by Denoël and Erès.

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​PATRICK MILLER

Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst

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​CLAUDIO RUBILIANI

Honorary Senior Lecturer in Organismal Biology. Doctorate. Visiting Professor at Duke University Marine Lab (North Carolina, USA). Former Inspector of French Education in Germany.

 

Titles include : L'adaptation (co-author) (Ed. Belin-Pour la Science, 1988); Sous les Cahiers, la Plage (CNDP, 1994), Education à la citoyenneté (co-author) (Ed. Magnard, 1996); Un autre regard sur la culture scientifique (Scéren, 2003); Sciences, Arts et Français: se construire par les albums (Scéren, 2006).

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JACQUELINE SCHAEFFER

Psychoanalyst, honorary member and trainer of the Société Psychanalytique de Paris (SPP). Former editor of the Revue Française de Psychanalyse and deputy director of Débats de psychanalyse, published by PUF. She has worked as a therapist and trainer in child and adolescent psychotherapy at the Centre de Guidance Infantile Pierre Mâle, Hôpital Sainte Anne, Paris. She was awarded the Maurice Bouvet Prize for Psychoanalysis in 1987 for her article "Le rubis a horreur du rouge" ("The ruby hates red") in the Revue Française de Psychanalyse. 

 

Author of numerous articles in collective works and journals on the theme of the difference between the sexes and the feminine. In particular, in the book - Crise des repères identitaires, race, sexe, genre, edited by Céline Masson, Ed. Hermann, 2022.

Her books : - Le refus du féminin (La sphinge et son âme en peine), Ed. Presses Universitaires de France, coll. "Quadrige", Postface by René Roussillon (1997, 7th reed. in 2022), - Qu'est la sexualité devenue? De Freud à aujourd'hui, edited by Jacqueline Schaeffer, Ed. In Press, 2019. - Le féminin, un sexe autre, Ed. In Press, coll. "Psy pour tous", 2022

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JEAN SZLAMOWICZ  

University professor. Linguist and translator. 

 

He has published Les moutons de la pensée. Nouveaux conformismes idéologiques (2022, Cerf) and Le sexe et la langue (Intervalles, 2023). His work focuses on argumentation and epistemology, and ideological discourse on gender, anti-Semitism and music. He directs the collection Le point sur les idées, which includes Petite mystique du genre (François Rastier, 2023), Les habits neufs du féminisme (Sabine Prokhoris, 2022), Cancel! De la culture de la censure à l'effacement de la culture (Hubert Heckmann, 2022).

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OLIVIA SARTON

Trained as a lawyer, she practised for over a dozen years at the Paris Bar. She is currently a lawyer in an association for the defence of children's rights. In 2022, she obtained the "Diplôme Universitaire Auditeur d'enfants" (University Diploma in Child Auditing) from the Lille Law School, certifying that she has acquired the skills needed to gather the views of children in judicial and extra-judicial settings.

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​CLAIRE SQUIRES

A psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and a senior lecturer at the Université Paris Cité, her field of research is early childhood and perinatal care.

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SAMUEL VEISSIÈRE

Anthropologist, clinical researcher

PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Associate Member, Department of Anthropology; Co-Director, Mind and Brain Culture Program, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Member of the Polarisation Clinical Team, Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de l'Ouest-de-l'Île-de-MontréaL Member of the Culture and Mental Health Research Team, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal.

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JEAN-PIERRE WINTER

Jean-Pierre Winter , psychanalyste, président du Mouvement du Coût freudien , ex enseignant en psychopathologie de l’enfant à l’université de Louvain la Neuve , et du collège des Études juives de l’Alliance israélite française. Auteur d’une douzaine d’ouvrages et de nombreux articles. 

Quelques titres : Transmettre (ou pas), Albin Michel, 2012, L'avenir du père: réinventer sa place ? Albin Michel, 2019, Théo se rit du genre, in Les lettres de la SPF, no 45, éditions éres, 2022

Members of the scientific council

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SAMUEL VEISSIERE

CHAIR OF THE SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL OF PAHO

Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Associate Member, Department of Anthropology; co-director Culture program “Mind and Brain”, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Member of the Polarization Clinical Team, Integrated University Health and Social Services Center (CIUSSS) of the West Island of Montreal Member of the Culture and Mental Health Research Team, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal

MARIE-JO BONNET

Historian, writer, feminist.

JEAN-FRANÇOIS BRAUSTEIN

Philosopher and historian of science, professor of contemporary philosophy at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

CATHERINE DOLTO

Doctor, haptotherapist, essayist.

XAVIER EMMANUELLI

French doctor and politician, founder of the SAMU social de la ville de Paris and president of the High Committee for the Housing of Disadvantaged People from 1997 to 2015.

EVANS MARCUS

Psychoanalyst, UK

SUE EVANS

Psychoanalyst, UK

RENE FRYDMAN

Gynecologist-obstetrician in Paris hospitals and university professor.

CLAUDE HABIB

Professor of French literature, author of La question transgenre.

PATRICK HUNTER

Pediatrician, USA

RAPHAEL RAPPAPORT

University Professor. Distinguished Hospital Practitioner. Former Head of the Pediatric Endocrinology, Gynecology and Diabetology Department at Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital.

FRANCOIS RASTIER

French semantician, doctor in linguistics and emeritus CNRS research director.

DENIS SALAS

French magistrate and essayist. After practicing in the courts and teaching at the National School of the Judiciary, he held research positions in various organizations related to the world of justice.

DIDIER SICARD

French doctor and professor of medicine. He was the chairman of the National Ethics Advisory Committee from 1999 to 2008.

Members of the scientific council

SAMUEL VEISSIERE

CHAIR OF THE SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL OF PAHO

Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Associate Member, Department of Anthropology; co-director Culture program “Mind and Brain”, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Member of the Polarization Clinical Team, Integrated University Health and Social Services Center (CIUSSS) of the West Island of Montreal Member of the Culture and Mental Health Research Team, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal

MARIE-JO BONNET

Historian, writer, feminist.

JEAN-FRANÇOIS BRAUSTEIN

Philosopher and historian of science, professor of contemporary philosophy at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

CATHERINE DOLTO

Doctor, haptotherapist, essayist.

XAVIER EMMANUELLI

French doctor and politician, founder of the SAMU social de la ville de Paris and president of the High Committee for the Housing of Disadvantaged People from 1997 to 2015.

EVANS MARCUS

Psychoanalyst, UK

SUE EVANS

Psychoanalyst, UK

RENE FRYDMAN

Gynecologist-obstetrician in Paris hospitals and university professor.

CLAUDE HABIB

Professor of French literature, author of La question transgenre.

PATRICK HUNTER

Pediatrician, USA

RAPHAEL RAPPAPORT

University Professor. Distinguished Hospital Practitioner. Former Head of the Pediatric Endocrinology, Gynecology and Diabetology Department at Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital.

FRANCOIS RASTIER

French semantician, doctor in linguistics and emeritus CNRS research director.

DENIS SALAS

French magistrate and essayist. After practicing in the courts and teaching at the National School of the Judiciary, he held research positions in various organizations related to the world of justice.

DIDIER SICARD

French doctor and professor of medicine. He was the chairman of the National Ethics Advisory Committee from 1999 to 2008.

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