Transgender Teen Activist Gets TV Show
In the world of anything goes when it comes to sexual behavior the TV network TLC is becoming the latest to make a transgender life choice ‘normal.’
All That Jazz is a program following a 14-year-old transgender activist Jazz Jennings, according to published reports in The Hollywood Reporter.
THR reported the story this week online and published in part:
The 11-episode series will feature Jennings — dubbed "The New Face of Transgender Youth" — in her daily life, juggling her foray into high school while navigating how a transgender teen approaches dating and sleepovers all while avoiding male puberty.
Male puberty? Oh yeah despite the best efforts of fringe social engineers, Hollywood and some perverted sense of biology, Jennings is a boy, period.
THR in it’s effort to make this behavior so called mainstream went on to lavish praise on the young man this way:
Jennings, who has been featured on 20/20, The Rosie Show and was named one of the 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014 by Time magazine, was assigned male at birth. Jennings — who also wrote children's book I Am Jazz with Jessica Herthel about living as a transgender teen — expressed her desire for all things typically associated with girls at an early age.
The problem is the American Psychological Association and others have indicated such behavior is anything but ‘normal’ or ‘mainstream’ and have assigned names to what the APA refers to as a disorder.
The APA writes this in it’s manual used by millions of mental health professionals each year:
In the upcoming fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), people whose gender at birth is contrary to the one they identify with will be diagnosed with gender dysphoria. This diagnosis is a revision of DSM-IV’s criteria for gender identity disorder and is intended to better characterize the experiences of affected children, adolescents, and adults.
Respecting the Patient, Ensuring Access to Care
DSM not only determines how mental disorders are defined and diagnosed, it also impacts how people see themselves and how we see each other. While diagnostic terms facilitate clinical care and access to insurance coverage that supports mental health, these terms can also have a stigmatizing effect.
DSM-5 aims to avoid stigma and ensure clinical care for individuals who see and feel themselves to be a different gender than their assigned gender. It replaces the diagnostic name “gender identity disorder” with “gender dysphoria,” as well as makes other important clarifications in the criteria. It is important to note that gender nonconformity is not in itself a mental disorder. The critical element of gender dys- phoria is the presence of clinically significant distress associated with the condition.
Characteristics of the Condition
For a person to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, there must be a marked difference between the individual’s expressed/experienced gender and the gender others would assign him or her, and it must continue for at least six months. In children, the desire to be of the other gender must be present and verbalized. This condition causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
Gender dysphoria is manifested in a variety of ways, including strong desires to be treated as the other gender or to be rid of one’s sex characteristics, or a strong conviction that one has feelings and reactions typical of the other gender.
The DSM-5 diagnosis adds a post-transition specifier for people who are living full-time as the desired gender (with or without legal sanction of the gender change). This ensures treatment access for individuals who continue to undergo hormone therapy, related surgery, or psychotherapy or counseling to support their gender transition.
Gender dysphoria will have its own chapter in DSM-5 and will be separated from Sexual Dysfunctions and Paraphilic Disorders.
Hollywood and the TLC Network of course are undeterred by the inconvenient fact that gender issues like those apparently experienced by Jennings are considered to be mental health issues and goes on to gush that he is just like everyone else "Jazz’s story is universal, yet unique, and we’re proud to partner with her family to share it with TLC’s audience," TLC GM Nancy Daniels said.
Is it really? I have to be honest it certainly doesn’t resonate with me and I don’t fine the boys story to be ‘universal’ at all. I find it just twisted and frankly pretty sad.
As Alexander Supertramp realized all too late in the book Into the Wild it is important, in fact, it is imperative to call things, all things by their proper name. That’s a fact Alexander who was really Chris McCandliss realized too late, just before he died.
I cannot tell you what it is like to think you’re a different gender but I used to think I was a dinosaur at six. I’m pretty damned glad by parents did encourage me to ‘identify as a T-Rex.’
I mean seriously has the whole damned world gone mad?