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Fox “News” Dot Com Gives Chaz Bono Another Ablow Job

Reported by Aunty Em - September 7, 2011 -

You’d think Dr. Keith Ablow—aka ‘Merka’s Head Doctor—would have learned something from the last time he wrote about Chaz Bono. As Priscilla reported at the time, Ablow posted an article in which he claimed Bono was suffering from a “psychotic delusion” and kept referring to Chaz as “she.” After a massive public outcry Priscilla noted, “Well guess what folks, Fox News has scrubbed Ablow's column - without explanation, retraction, or apology. But the full article is still available and it's still ugly.” That wouldn’t even be the first time that Ablow has freaked out over gender issues. Earlier he almost blew a gasket (not that there’s anything wrong with that) when J. Crew President Jenna Lyons was photographed putting pink nail polish on her son. HER SON!!! PINK!!! NAIL POLISH!!! According to ‘Merka’s Head Doctor, that’ll scar the kid for life. In fact, all issues of sexuality, whether transgendered, LGBT, or seemingly perfectly normal, appear to tie the good doctor up in Freudian knots. Ablow freaked out so much over the Breast Milk Baby that he felt the need to reassure the home audience he was not a pedophile. NOT A PEDOPHILE!!! Got it? However, whether Dr. Keith is a pedophile or not is a side issue, because he may have violated his professional ethics: by diagnosing people he’s never met; or when he parroted a Right Wing talking point by claiming extending unemployment benefits cause “major depression.” Given this history, it’s surprising Ablow would go after Chaz Bono again, but here he is doubling down in a recent article called Don't Let Your Kids Watch Chaz Bono On 'Dancing With the Stars' for Fox “News” Dot Com, and it’s as homophobic as his first attack on Bono. This is what passes for intelligent argument for Dr. Keith:

Many of the children who might be watching will be establishing a sense of self which includes, of course, a sexual/gender identity. Some will be girls becoming comfortable with dramatic changes in their bodies. Some will be boys coming to terms with integrating the dawn of manhood with exquisite feelings of vulnerability. Young viewers will include tomboyish girls and sensitive, less stereotypically “masculine” boys. They will also include children who have sustained the losses of loved ones and are wrestling with depression, perhaps wondering who they are absent their deceased mothers or fathers.

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.

And, that’s just the beginning of the article. Later, Dr. Keith argues for dignity, while showing none:

The truth is that Chaz Bono should be empathized with and treated with dignity. Any contribution he makes to the world should be applauded as it would be for any other person.

But Chaz Bono should not be applauded for asserting she is a man (and goes about trying to look like one) any more than a woman who believes she will be happier without arms, has them removed and then continues to assert that she was right all along—her self-concept was that of a double amputee. Now, all is well.

Chaz Bono should not be applauded any more than someone who, tragically, believes that his species, rather than gender, is what is amiss and asks a plastic surgeon to build him a tail of flesh harvested from his abdomen. If only a plastic surgeon would acquiesce, all would be well.

Oddly enough, As Media Matters reports Megan Kelly has defended transgendered people while the rest of the so-called “news” network seems invested in trashing the LGBT community.

And that’s why the LGBT community is angry at Dr. Keith Ablow this week. Tune in next week and perhaps they’ll be righteously angry at him for another reason entirely.