Leave it to the sensational, sleazy world of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire to find a “mental health professional” inclined to pass judgement on another human being. That’s like finding a vegan who a butcher by profession.
Chaz Bono, the iconic child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, is a transgender individual who recently underwent surgery and hormonal therapy to become a male. Like many transgender individuals in the public spotlight, Chaz has proudly explained how unhappy he was as a female and how much more content he now is with life having taken a very courageous step.
In keeping with the reactionary, judgmental world that Fox Noise caters too, Ablow not only condemned Chaz as a person, but denied what his own profession recognizes, the phenomenon of individuals who identify more with the opposite gender of the body they were born into.
“I advise parents to not allow their children to watch the episodes in which Chaz appears. The last thing vulnerable children and adolescents need, as they wrestle with the normal process of establishing their identities, is to watch a captive crowd in a studio audience applaud on cue for someone whose search for an identity culminated with the removal of her breasts, the injection of steroids and, perhaps one day soon, the fashioning of a make-shift phallus to replace her vagina.”
I’ve often had the fantasy of sitting in a diner somewhere in rural America and chatting with the locals. I assume that I would hear some very conservative points of view about politics, religion and culture. And then there’s one question I would have to ask such people: “Why do you think people who live in more urban settings tend to have a more progressive take on life?”
I’m not sure how the question would be answered, but as most grounded, educated, intelligent people know, the answer to that question is that exposure to diverse populations with varying cultures, faiths and beliefs will inevitably nurture the kind of values that demand tolerance, respect and inclusion.
Yea, I know that this line of reasoning makes me a liberal elitist. So shoot me for telling the truth.
What would really be the outcome of America’s children seeing a transgender person on TV? Would they all run into the bathroom and rip off their genitals?
Or, would it simply register with them that there are transgender people out there. It might even register with some that when an individual confronts a major challenge in life, the answer isn’t too throw up your hands and accept defeat. There are difficult, creative, courageous responses to be found for problems, great and small, that life throws at us.
Then again, for too many people, any kind of “change” is cognitively and emotionally overwhelming. (“Change” is a socialist word, isn’t it?)
Suggesting that America’s children would be emotionally damaged by exposure to differences among people is same lame, remarkably naive logic that suggests that sex education only leads to sexual behavior and studying evolution discourages faith.
The irony of Keith Ablow’s plea is that it is he, and not Chaz Bono is the one who is promoting dysfunction in our society by suggesting that we hide individuals who are different. By suggesting that our children only be exposed to those whom he might deem as “normal,” Ablow is promoting a culture of prejudice and intolerance.
It’s the Ablows of our society that we should want to protect our children from, not Chaz Bono.