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Fox News Commentator: Transgender People Don't Exist

FOX News's resident transphobe Dr. Keith Ablow is back with another column denouncing the California law protecting transgender students that conservatives are currently trying to repeal via the ballot.

AblowWrites Ablow:

...I believe that children have enough to deal with as they struggle to feel comfortable with their bodies, with the notion of privacy and with later changes involving puberty without urging them to grapple with the notion that their souls may have been born into the wrong bodies.  

What’s more, I don’t believe we have definitive data (although many psychiatrists with very impressive credentials, who seem to mean well, assert that we do) that any male or female soul has ever in the history of the world been born into the wrong anatomic gender.

Let me put that more clearly:  I am not convinced by any science I can find that people with definitively male DNA and definitively male anatomy can actually be locked in a cruel joke of nature because they are actually female. 

You see, the law, according to Ablow, is all a plot by Governor Jerry Brown to "disempower people":

And shaking the certain knowledge in boys and girls of whether they can count on not being seen naked by the opposite gender, not to mention whether they are themselves actually the gender they thought they were, is a powerful, devious and pathological way to weaken them by making them question their sense of safety, security and certainty about anything and everything.

That way they’re less likely to be in a position to want to be autonomous.  

That way they’ll keep on thinking they need people like him to build them a government that suffocates them and deprives them of liberty.

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  1. Ablow, the QUACK, should have had converstions with Dr Renee Richards, Lana Wachowski, & porn pup Matthew Keading who is beginning his transiton. It's a shame that Faux Noise givves this idiot a platform from which he spews hatred like a volcano of disinformation!

    Posted by: DamSexy | Jan 16, 2014 1:56:17 PM


  2. Well, two things. First, if there are no transgendered people, then the new CA will be essentially irrelevant since no one will take advantage of it. It would be like a law protecting Martians from discrimination. Second, he's technically correct, there is no medical or scientific evidence of soul misplacement in nature, largely because measuring soul placement is so very difficult. There are plenty of cases of involuntary sexual re-assignments that have gone badly wrong as the kids grow up realizing they were assigned the wrong gender while infants and that's why current best medical practice is to wait for kids to assert their own preference before cutting them up. Doctors, however, ever eager to turn birth into a full-on profit center, don't often mention this to tearful and ignorant parents. Were Ablow to have any credibility, he would need to address this issue directly since it bears out the problem of how physical and mental genders don't necessarily align.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 16, 2014 1:56:49 PM


  3. I've got a hot news flash for FOX's perennial quack "expert" Keith Ablow: there is no news on FOX News.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 16, 2014 2:30:57 PM


  4. So, let me get this straight: Faux Noise has a PhD psychiatrist (also trained in forensic psychiatry) who says this: "I am not convinced by any science I can find that people with definitively male DNA and definitively male anatomy can actually be locked in a cruel joke of nature because they are actually female."

    Well, let's parse this. First, he says he's not convinced. Well, that's for him to solve or not, right?

    Second, he says he's not convinced by any science he can find. Well, then, we must ask how hard he's looked. Many scientists find convincing evidence of something called "gender dysmorphia."

    Third, he says he finds no convincing evidence that "people... can actually be locked in a cruel joke of nature." Dr. Ablow, obviously, has not looked around at the absurdity we call life. But, that aside, transgender is not defined as "a cruel joke of nature." He has changed the focus of the argument and ceased to speak of gender dysmorphia or transgender issues. Please note that, at the beginning of the quote, Dr. Ablow places his argument in a supernatural frame talking about "souls" as male or female. Doing so undercuts his scientific credibility, but he and Faux Noise have only the concern of selling ideas to a credulous and scientifically naive audience.

    Dr. Ablow claims that such complex issues as transgender represent an attempt to confuse and subjugate youngsters by making them insecure in something as basic as their sexual identity. In reality, youngsters are confused by the false dichotomy of traditionally discerned male/female. Individuals assay themselves and, as part of socialization, compare themselves against the social norms they hear or observe in the world around them. They observe where they exceed, meet, or fall short of those social stereotypes and have few ways of dealing with the perceived mismatches. This is a major source of adolescent confusion and anxiety. Introducing categories like "homosexual," "bisexual," and "transgendered" opens the field and offers adolescents ways to identify themselves and connect with helpful communities of similar others. If Dr. Ablow doesn't know this, he's not much of a psychiatrist; if he does know this and persists in his claim, he's disingenuous at best and deceitful at worst. To this extent he makes a hurtful and dishonest claim that transgender represents any kind of subjugation while, in fact, arguing in support of a manipulative, hurtful, and suppressive system of gendered definitions.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Jan 16, 2014 2:38:38 PM


  5. Conehead meet duck...

    Posted by: lilly | Jan 16, 2014 2:39:34 PM


  6. There is no scientific evidence that a soul exists, therefore your logic is invalid.

    Ablow's a quack.

    Posted by: theo | Jan 16, 2014 2:45:41 PM


  7. All I can think of are the Three Stooges - "Paging, Dr. Moe, Dr. Larry, Dr. Curly!"

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 16, 2014 2:47:47 PM


  8. Why are all these quacks like Blowhard getting TV shows?

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jan 16, 2014 2:50:08 PM


  9. And I love how classy FAUX News is with their headline "Gender Bender". It's like the headline of the Jerry Springer Show.

    Posted by: GoFigure | Jan 16, 2014 3:07:02 PM


  10. I'm very pro-freedom, so I'm absolutely in favor of the right of Anyone to identify as any gender they please, and make as many physical identity-conforming modifications to their body that are possible and they desire.

    That said, I have to agree Dr. Albow that no soul has ever been born into the wrong-gendered body. (Or, absent a soul, that someone's birth gender is wrong.)

    Flame on me all you want, but I think transgender people who BELIEVE they were born into the wrong gender are absolutely deluded. No man KNOWS what it's like to be a woman, and vice-versa. We can imagine, we can suppose, but it can never be known. And this is akin to the fact that I can never know what it's like to be Anyone Else, though I can imagine and suppose to my heart's content.

    So if some guy would rather be a girl, or would feel so much more comfortable or fulfilled being a girl, then great. But if some guy believes he IS a girl, that guy is deluded. Because everything he is, if he's born male, IS MALE. He may prefer to be a girl or feel just lousy being a boy if he, for instance, adores the color pink. But he's just a boy who adores the color pink - because boys can and do enjoy the color pink.

    So just because everyone's free to pick a gender to identify with, I don't think anyone's ever really been born into the wrong body. That strikes me as absurd on its face.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jan 16, 2014 3:14:21 PM


  11. But isn't that the general MO of the Faux Facts Factory: "We see the evidence but we don't believe it because it doesn't fit our world view - ergo, the subject does not exist"

    Posted by: hugo | Jan 16, 2014 3:15:10 PM


  12. I don't understand how a so-called doctor could say something like this. Look, it would be great if there were no people suffering from gender identity disorder and dysphorias, but the sad reality is that there are. We can't address the problem by denying that it exists.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 16, 2014 3:17:07 PM


  13. Ugh, ignore this site's resident trolling coward who just posted his usual nonsense under my name. Dude, i know i should do what your family does and just utterly ignore you.

    And as long as you're going to (incorrectly) associate your hateful trolling comments with me and my blog, I suppose I should be happy that anyone who visits my blog will see the *countless* posts I've made in support of the transgendered community.

    You really are pathetic. You exist to...what? try to get my attention on a website? I know your family ignores you, and I will too. You can't tell any truths about yourself, so you lie about others. Off yourself, coward. it'll be the best thing you ever do in life.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 16, 2014 3:23:56 PM


  14. A world with no trannies would mean a world with no obnoxious, violent, anti-gay trans activists. What a wonderful world it would be.

    Posted by: Bianca | Jan 16, 2014 3:50:49 PM


  15. Pretty obvious that the second Little Kiwi is the fake troll. How was the first Kiwi being hateful? Because he described transfolk as having gender dysphorias? Well, we do. That is the whole point of undergoing hormone therapy and sex confirmation surgery. Do you think we go through all that for the lulz? Little Kiwi #2 is either an evil troll or is suffering from a massive case of cis privilege.

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Jan 16, 2014 4:00:40 PM


  16. Wow apparently the troll has resorted to posting as me as well, good times. Although, this one doesn't seem to be posting the same femme-phobic hideousness that other spoofers do. I wonder what their game is?

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jan 16, 2014 4:08:49 PM


  17. Fwiw, you can tell that the first DrDonna was a spoof because if I was actually gonna talk about gender dysphoria I would have pointed out that it's no longer a disorder, that language was removed from the DSM-V

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jan 16, 2014 4:18:58 PM


  18. I think Ablow is correct in his basic premise, i.e., someone born with male DNA and male body parts is, in fact, male. The question is, if a male (in this examples), feels more comfortable living life as a female, to what extent is "society" obliged to regard that individual as, in fact, female.

    Posted by: Bibby | Jan 16, 2014 4:27:22 PM


  19. TheDrDonna, actually it still is in the DSM V, only now the classfication is split between a dysphoria and a disorder. It used to be consolidated under one disorder. Even the NGLTF has acknowledged that the change in DSM V involves moving the old assessments around, and does not represent a new view of transgender.

    Posted by: Mika | Jan 16, 2014 5:04:10 PM


  20. "Let me put that more clearly: I am not convinced by any science I can find that people with definitively male DNA and definitively male anatomy can actually be locked in a cruel joke of nature because they are actually female"

    Absolutely 100% true. Effeminacy in gay men, of which "trans" of any kind is just an extreme manifestation--a difference of degree rather than of kind, is nothing at all but effected behavior--the deliberate attempt by MEN to behave like women because they have internalized the verdict of homophobic straight society that attraction to other men sexually equates to being devoid of masculinity and, in effect, a pseudo-woman.

    As such, it is simply a manifestation of low self-esteem and a sense of inferiority...borne out by the fact that virtually all these individuals engage in some sort of self-destructive behavior (drug abuse, alcohol abuse, suicide) and almost never are able to form healthy, loving relationships with another human being.

    They are nothing but severely psychologically damaged people who need professional help......but instead of recognizing that, gay activists have perpetuated their disease by telling them "it's just the way they are" and encouraging them to continue with their behavior....with tragic circumstances all around....

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 16, 2014 5:04:53 PM


  21. This discussion saddens me by its ignorance.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 16, 2014 5:19:23 PM


  22. "Flame on me all you want, but I think transgender people who BELIEVE they were born into the wrong gender are absolutely deluded. No man KNOWS what it's like to be a woman, and vice-versa"

    Correct--and any REAL woman who has ever had significant interaction with any "trans" man will tell you that they do not behave or see the world like real women do.....they see the world the way a man imagines a woman sees the world....and they behave not like real women, but like a man's interpretation of what women behave like....

    This is why they are NEVER convincing to anyone as women, particularly to women, themselves.....and why virtually no women actually embrace them as women.

    They are men pretending to be something they are not and cannot be, no matter how hard they try.....

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 16, 2014 5:31:50 PM


  23. "In reality, youngsters are confused by the false dichotomy of traditionally discerned male/female. Individuals assay themselves and, as part of socialization, compare themselves against the social norms they hear or observe in the world around them. They observe where they exceed, meet, or fall short of those social stereotypes and have few ways of dealing with the perceived mismatches. This is a major source of adolescent confusion and anxiety. Introducing categories like "homosexual," "bisexual," and "transgendered" opens the field and offers adolescents ways to identify themselves and connect with helpful communities of similar others"

    Read this paragraph carefully and you will see what I mean about effeminate gay men and "trans" men equating their sexuality to being something "un-male".....instead of seeing male-male attraction as a natural and normal component of masculinity.

    And therein lies the source of the problem.

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 16, 2014 5:35:13 PM


  24. And yet, RICK, I would not deny them their right to try to their heart's content.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jan 16, 2014 8:12:26 PM


  25. There seems to be plenty of demand for drag queens on criagslist.

    Posted by: Enchantra | Jan 17, 2014 1:06:33 AM


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