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FOX News Medical Team Calls Transgender Chaz Bono Psychotic, Delusional

FOX News “Medical A-Team” Correspondent, Dr. Keith Ablow published an immensely transphobic attack on Chaz Bono at FoxNews.com May 17. After some internet hocus-pocusing, the article was removed and now FOX is pretending it never hosted the offensive piece in the first place. Too bad that’s not how 2011 works, FOX.

Because FOX has refused to issue an apology or terminate Dr. Ablow’s employment with the company, we can only assume that the company stands behind Ablow’s statements and simply removed the article to avoid a major public backlash.

We think FOX deserves that backlash in question, so we’re going to go ahead and post their hateful vitriol below. We obviously completely disagree with the content, but think it’s pretty scary that this man is a practicing psychiatrist and a member of FOX’s medical team.

Enjoy/Get infuriated:

Inside the Mind of Chaz Bono By Dr. Keith Ablow Published May 17, 2011 | FoxNews.com

Chastity Bono, the daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono, has undergone gender reassignment surgery and now asserts she [that’s right, she] is a man. She now wants to be called Chaz.

She has written a tell-all entitled Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man, and has appeared on “The David Letterman Show” and “Oprah.” A documentary about her journey called Becoming Chaz premiered on Oprah’s OWN network. I know my thoughts on this matter will be politically incorrect, but they are entirely biologically and psychiatrically accurate.

First, Chaz Bono is not a man. She is a woman who has undergone radical surgeries and is taking male hormones in order to look like a man. That isn’t a political position, it’s a biological reality. Chaz Bono wants to be thought of as male, but she is not male.

You may disagree with me on philosophical grounds, arguing that behaving like a man and feeling like a man is tantamount to being a man, but that argument does nothing to change the biological reality.

Second, while Chaz Bono may now feel that her journey toward self-acceptance has ended, I am not convinced. I say this because, absent the gender politics involved, I was taught to consider Chaz Bono’s contention that she is male as a psychotic delusion—a fixed and false belief.

Psychosis is not a predictor of long-term emotional well-being or stability.

Mind you, I am not judging Ms. Bono. But there is nothing substantially different from a woman believing she is a man than there is about a woman believing she is a CIA agent being followed by the KGB (when in reality, she is, say, a salesperson at J. Crew).

Very few people, if any, would suggest that the proper treatment for such a woman would be to have the Central Intelligence Agency make her an honorary agent and hire a few former KGB agents to chase her around town. While that “treatment” might make her more comfortable for a while, bending reality to conform to a person’s psychosis just wouldn’t be a good idea. For one thing, it would make us all lose our sense of what is real and true. For another, it would simply perpetuate the woman’s underlying psychiatric illness.

Very few people, if any, would suggest that the way to treat someone who is petrified of death and insisting he is turning 16, not 61, would be to throw him a Sweet Sixteen party. Good psychiatrists, in particular, would be burrowing to the roots of the man’s discomfort with aging. If necessary, medications might be prescribed.

I once treated a woman who believed her children had been replaced by masquerading doubles and another who believed her parents could hear her thoughts through listening devices implanted in the walls. I did the hard work of getting to the bottom of those psychotic symptoms. I certainly didn’t hang up “Missing” posters with the first woman or start smashing holes in the walls of my office with the second.

Delusional disorders are notoriously difficult to treat. Paranoia (as in, the CIA example) can require extensive psychotherapy and anti-psychotic medication. Sometimes, that isn’t even enough. So you can imagine that believing you are a man when you are a woman could require even more vigorous and dedicated attempts to alleviate the psychotic person’s symptoms.

Is surgery to remove a woman’s breasts, close her vagina and create a makeshift penis for her really so very different (other than being far more permanent)? Is it really likely to yield a “cure” for a woman’s delusion that she is a man, or vice-versa? Does it really reach the depths of dissatisfaction, which create gender identity disturbances, to begin with?

I don’t think so.

I think Chaz Bono, who is, in fact, a woman, will not escape, through surgery or manipulation of hormones, suffering that is far more than skin deep.

Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached via email at info@keithablow.com and his team of Life Coaches can be reached via email at lifecoach@keithablow.com. You can also visit www.keithablow.com for more information.

Jerk.

For the record, Ablow also recently attacked Maria Shriver, claiming she may need psychotherapy, and that she has no reason for leaving Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I’m going to go ahead and upgrade my “jerk” to full-on “dick” now.

Dick.

  • Anonymous

    Where’s his article about how homosexuality is a mental illness?

  • He is the part of a horse which goes through the barn door last.   

  • Faux News correspondent.  That’s pretty much all I needed to see.

  •  Granted, that being said, it’s typical of right-wing attack dogs to claim anything that’s LGBT-related as a mental illness.  Too bad for you, “doctor”, that gender identity hasn’t been listed in the DSM-II for years now.

    Oh, wait, let me guess, that was a plot too, right?

  • Jodyke

    If anyone needs help it is him. It sounds like he has his own issue’s. Is he a member of the westboro baptist church? He is just as sick as they are. Thanks for posting this. 

  • My problem with this is that he is insisting that everything mental can be healed with therapy AND Pills.  The trick with this logic is that Chaz was treated with therapy and pills.  Surgical therapy and hormones.  He’s going on the thesis from Nip/Tuck when the rich lady wanted to be altered to look like a cat.  I, personally, said “Cool.” Why not let people do what they can to feel good with themselves.  You only live this life to the best of your abilities- Chaz had the ability to remake themselves to suit their disposition.  CB did a lot of soul searching, and probably tried the psych route- which might have only made the situation less tenable. Family and friends were behind it, what else could you want?

  •  Last I checked you needed a note from a head doctor to have gender reassignment surgery stating you are, in fact totally sane and have been living as the opposite sex for “x” amount of years and have legal permission to have your sex reassigned. So all your babble bullshit is just that, YOUR babble bullshit. Obviously another head doctor found HIM sane&able! LOVE YOU CHAZ!! <3

  • And i am the king of the world doc.  But then we are talking about Fox news? as if what they cover is news we care about.

  • I have a feeling the mention of J Crew was a jab. Isn’t this the same guy who freaked out about the woman painting her sons toes?

  • Chrissy Tepley

     So to him iam a dude who …wait what! WHY DIDN’T MY OWN PSYCHIATRIST  TELL ME THESE THINGS IVE MADE A HUGE MISTAKE NOOOO, NOW I CAN NEVER BE A REEL WOMYN 

  • Ralph Vendegna

    Anyone Delusional it is the wacky quaky Psychologist. It sure as hell ain’t Chaz.  Not only a jerk, a dick, is a total idiot and moron.

  • Ashley Valencia

     He makes me feel physically ill. That’s probably bad for a doctor. 

  • Duke Marine-Lochar

    First, maybe someone should report this quack to the APA as he seems to be wildly misdiagnosing things.

    Second, his entire argument really hinges on this sentence: “For one thing, it would make us all lose our sense of what is real and true.” Well, yes. Your sense of what it really and truly means to be “biologically” male needs losing as it is a fiction. Why should be privilege your opinion of what is “real and true” about biology? Because you’re a “doctor”? See statement one above. :p

  • Taelor Anne Bond

    this is exactly the kind of shit my dad tried to pull when I transitioned. funny enough any medical professional I talked to told me to keep going with the transition! and if he even bothered to look into the DSM or any other mental health text he would see that this is not a psychological disorder but in fact a physical condition! I’m not surprised Fox posted it on their website, but I’m still going to be completely pissed that they did!

  • Taelor Anne Bond

    He’s probably just pissed that a female-bodied person managed to crack the patriarchal system and become a man. one less woman to oppress. what will his purpose in life be if he can’t keep women down? haha!

  • TC Wilson

    I think simply working for Faux should get his LIEcense revoked.

    I wish I was as strong as Chaz.

  • Jason Shreeve

     Probaly deleted from FOX like this one……….

  • Julia Zion

    Um…I don’t know what DSM you’ve been reading, but it’s still in the DSM IV. Many people. including Marcie Bowers and Christine McGinn, two very well respected transgender surgeons (whom themselves are MtF), are working to have it removed from the DSM V when it comes out sometime soon.

  • Brandi Bennu

     Homosexuality has been removed from DSM… maybe what you were thinking of Mychyl.  Julia is right.  Gender identity is still listed as a mental illness.

  •  He is physically making me ill. What is wrong with this “Doctor”? He does not deserve the title, I don’t think.

  •  people like Ablow (notice how i didn’t say doctor?) should not be psychiatrist! or psychologist! the guys is insane! i hope he gets his ass kicked

  • Anonymous

    He’s part of the A-Team, that says it all. The only team that can fire 6,000 rounds of amunition with rapid fire weapons and not hit a single target. 

  • Charles Eric Peterson

    He does have a point.  Sexually mutilating yourself to look like the opposite sex does not make the opposite sex.  If you’re a man trapped in a woman’s body or vice versa, i’m sorry but that’s the cards life dealt you and perhaps you’ll need years of counseling to come to grips with it, but a man in a dress is still a man in a dress.

  • Anonymous

     The tail? 🙂

  •  If you’re going to use emotionally charged language to try and add
    shock value to what you’re saying, a) you may have a long career at Fox
    News ahead of you and b) at least get what you’re saying correct –
    ‘sexually mutilating’ makes it sound like something you do to be kinky.
    Also, telling somebody in that position that they have to “deal with it”
    when you’re in the privileged position of being male, white and
    (presumably) straight is exceedingly arrogant.

    I’m not going to say there aren’t exceptions to this, but in the vast
    majority of attempts to reconcile a person’s sex and gender the
    psychological avenue has been a complete failure. Meanwhile, transpeople
    who have gone through even part of the gender reassignment therapy (i.e. bringing their body inline with the gender they believe they are)
    almost across the board find more happiness with their existence. Are
    you seriously suggesting that the course that has more reported failures
    is the correct one?

  • My Dr found me ok for hormones. Would you like me to post my T letter? I displayed no suicidal and psychotic behavior. I am a transman and I know I was not born a man. (Only difference between men and women is some genetic make up and sex organs) But I do all I can to feel comfortable and live as a male. Or live male. Society is sad when it thinks having a penis makes a man. We all can be who and what we want and those love us can respect that. It’s the close minded who think differently. This moron from fox news should have his license revoked. He can’t even address CB how HE wants to be addressed. WITH MALE PRONOUNS. Shit I can’t even call this guy a Dr. This is like me saying unless you operate on someone with scaples you are no doctor. This guy is an ass. Barn door shut please. 🙂  Poor example of a Dr. he seems to push his own opinions inside of what he thinks is a professionals diagnosis.

  • Liz Y

    Why is it that liberal thinking people expect everyone to accept this?  Why can’t you accept the fact that other people don’t agree with your point of view?  Typical of liberals… once again the pot calling the kettle black.  Typical hypocrites!

  • Levi Ogden

    @Liz Y, It would be stupid to expect everyone to accept this. It’s not stupid to expect a ‘qualified medical professional’ to follow the guidelines of the American Medical Association.

  •  FOX NEWS CONDONES THIS JACK-ASS AND WILLINGLY PUBLISHES HIS NARROW MINDED IRRELEVANT SPEWING OF HATRED?. FOX NEWS SHOULD BE BOYCOTTED FOR HIS HORRIBLE PERPETUATION OF HATE BECAUSE THEY ALLOW HIM TO TAUNT THE LGBT COMMUNITY IN THEIR NAME: THE FOX NEWS MEDICAL TEAM. THIS MOST LIKELY IS HIS OPINION, BUT FOX NEWS PUBLISHED IT. OH GOSH THE HUMAN RACE IS IN A PUDDLE OF SHIT AND WE DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT SHOES FOR IT. STOP THIS HATE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!!   PLEASE. 

  • Geologyst

     Wow, this guy is reaching really f***ing hard to try to make comparisons that in no way relate. I’m sure Mr. Bono struggles with a lot, but I am also sure that he has good, COMPETENT doctors and therapists. No one would have let him do this willy-nilly. We should all be supporting our trans-gendered brothers and sisters for all the struggles they endure. Imagine being trapped in the wrong body. Obviously, “Dr.” Ablow doesn’t know the meaning of struggle.

  • Amy Cain Newsom

     yep JERK!!!!

  • Ron Viramontes

     Come on Cher….kick his ass!

  • Viktor777

    First of all, the difference between someone who is female-bodied and male-brained versus a schizophrenic person is that the first person I just mentioned KNOWS they are female bodied and a schizophrenic actually believes what they see, say for example the CIA following him. We KNOW we will never become biologically the opposite sex; we are realistic with that. The point is to match how we think, feel, and identify as. Second, I know that my genitalia will never form into the parts I feel I should have, no matter how may surgeries I get. This does not mean I don’t know who I am. The point of transition is to try as hard as possible to match our bodies to our minds, even if it means we take the time, money, and risks to achieve this. Third, if I had to choose between transforming my body (emphasis on “my”) and committing suicide, which I did, I would choose to still exist in this world as the person I’ve always known I was meant to be. My family already lost many, and I’m sure they rather gain a son than lose a child. Yes, there are struggles as a transgender individual, but I would have more struggles living as someone else to please everyone else. We all have bs, so why is it okay for an incompetent “doctor” to get in our business? College? Please, he must’ve received his doctorate from a Cracker Jack box. If he truly understood this, he wouldn’t be saying the things he’s saying. Again, this is FAUX News…I can’t believe they have so many acolytes listening to their drivel.

  • John Avitable

    Why can’t you accept people for who they are? Does someone making a transition from one gender to another effect you at all? No? Can we move on? Great, thanks.

  • This doctor is the one that has apparent sanity and psychosis issues or he would not have lost grip so badly about the long road that someone took to improve themselves and how they felt. I think that Chaz most likely feels just fine about Himself, I am sorry to say the Good Doctor can not Say the Same!!! the Nutz! 

  • Ben

    The sad thing is that this psych is not really all that inaccurate in his statement of ‘I was taught that this is a delusion’. The DSM still lists transgenderism as a mental disorder. Until it gets taken out of the DSM the doctors can technically act like this. Even the way it’s classified (gender identity disorder, previously gender dysphoria) implies that it’s a mental problem, not a matter of personal identity. The HBIGDA standards don’t really help that, requiring therapy to ‘make sure’ you aren’t ‘delusional’, and most legal channels require multiple ‘recommendations’ from a doctor ‘confirming that SRS has taken place’ and/or that ‘person is living in their preferred gender full-time’ which is an arbitrary distinction, relying on the views of other people, at best.

    It needs to stop. This is not a mental disorder, any more than being gay is.

  • Ben

    Roger you’re amazing, thank you for defending me and my sibs. <3 I would like to add that the gender binary is a lie.

  • Ben

    I disagree with your point of view that you are a person named Liz. That’s just my opinion, you have no right to say it’s wrong. I feel you are named Bobby. Hello Bobby. Wherefore this delusion that you are named Liz? That’s wrong.

  • I am so glad to see that most of ths comments on here are possitive and supportive of the trans community! I have read other articles where the comments are just evil and downright cruel! I myself am a proud trans woman. These unaccepting people need to realize that we wouldnt transition because we wanted to be ridiculed. So therefore it is no more a choice than being straight, gay, or bi. gender and sexuality are not mutually exclusive. We are not going away, so please suck up your hate filled bile and move to another country or even galaxy if we are so terribly offensive to you! Lastly even if our nother parts are not the same as a bio man or woman, so what! that does NOT give anyone the right to hate on us. Grow the hell up!

  • I am so glad to see that most of ths comments on here are possitive and supportive of the trans community! I have read other articles where the comments are just evil and downright cruel! I myself am a proud trans woman. These unaccepting people need to realize that we wouldnt transition because we wanted to be ridiculed. So therefore it is no more a choice than being straight, gay, or bi. gender and sexuality are not mutually exclusive. We are not going away, so please suck up your hate filled bile and move to another country or even galaxy if we are so terribly offensive to you! Lastly even if our nother parts are not the same as a bio man or woman, so what! that does NOT give anyone the right to hate on us. Grow the hell up!

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  • Jorge Marin

    Dr. Ablow might have a point in this case:

    In 1979, when Paul McHugh became chairperson of the psychiatric department at Johns Hopkins, he ordered the department to conduct follow-up evaluations on as many of their former transsexual patients as possible. When the follow-ups were performed, they found that most of the patients stated that they were happy as members of their target sex, but that their overall level of psychological functioning had not improved. McHugh reasoned that to perform physical gender reassignment was to “cooperate with a mental illness rather than try to cure it.” At that time, Johns Hopkins closed its gender clinic and has not performed any sex reassignment surgeries since then.

  • allyjames

    Wow! Pretty good read.  He does bring up some good points. I can run around pretending to be a duck but it doesn’t make me a duck. She just likes Halloween so much that she wants to embrace the costumes all year. Nothing wrong with that. Quack-quack!!

  • allyjames

    She just likes Halloween. Who cares? I mean this article does bring up some excellent points. I can’t sue my teacher for failing me if that is, in reality, what I earned. I can pretend all day that I am a straight A student. Can I sue the school district for not playing into my imigination game? That is what ppl like Bono want. There is nothing wrong with dress up. I can want to pretend to be a duck. Quack-quack!

    We should just leave her alone, if that is what she wants. As long as her “pretend” days don’t harm other ppl.

  • Johnny Scott

    Hmmmmm…. sounds about right

  • J P

    Someone should investigate Mr. Ablow. He has essentially refuted the diagnosis and prognosis of his professional colleagues who treated Chaz. This man’s arrogance is unparalleled in the medical profession. It is even more outrageous that Dr. Brinkleys ‘goat gland’ remedies in the 1930’s. Mr. Albow has insulted his colleagues and offended a community of fragile transgender people in the most cowardly way known to modern technology. His message comes from the most powerful platform on the planet – television. His reach is unprecedented, and it is protected from equal time or impact responses. Can you say – passive aggressive Mr. Ablow?

  • Guest

    The problem I have on Chaz Bono is the fact that according to HER own words is that she has not gone trough any reassignment surgery. The classification to change your sex is that you must have the inability of changing back to the prior sex. Just like the woman that had two babies and media was falsely stating it was the first man to get pregnant Chastity Bono has ONLY female parts. Obtaining a prescription for testosterone and losing her breasts does not make her a man any more than EVERY female body builder out there. She is still a woman taking testosterone. If I started taking testosterone and had a breast reduction it would not make me a man. The government has gotten way to liberal on their requirements for changing your sex like she was changing her name. Tomorrow if she changed her mind she could stop taking the hormones, her facial hair an acne would go away. She looks like she still has breasts only they have been replaced with “Man Boobs” just like every other obese males out there. Maybe if she really wanted to “become a man” and it wasn’t to create a publicity stunt then she would. Prior to her “coming out” nobody heard anything about her. All of a sudden she is on every talk show out there and now DWTS. I have more respect for those people that actually do come out truly and it isn’t just for media appearances. She is NOT a man no matter what her new drivers license and birth certificate says. She was able to do it because of her famous parents. What about all of those men out there that are saving up for an actual surgery and the hormones they are taking are just female birth control pills because they can’t afford the high priced doctors? Are they able to change their documents to female? No, because they are still men and still have male parts. Chastity still has a Menses every month unless the testosterone has stopped it, because surgery hasn’t. How is that irreversible?

  • Gemynygrl

    The problem I have on Chaz Bono is the fact that according to HER own words is that she has not gone trough any reassignment surgery. The classification to change your sex is that you must have the inability of changing back to the prior sex. Just like the woman that had two babies and media was falsely stating it was the first man to get pregnant Chastity Bono has ONLY female parts. Obtaining a prescription for testosterone and losing her breasts does not make her a man any more than EVERY female body builder out there. She is still a woman taking testosterone. If I started taking testosterone and had a breast reduction it would not make me a man. The government has gotten way to liberal on their requirements for changing your sex like she was changing her name. Tomorrow if she changed her mind she could stop taking the hormones, her facial hair an acne would go away. She looks like she still has breasts only they have been replaced with “Man Boobs” just like every other obese males out there. Maybe if she really wanted to “become a man” and it wasn’t to create a publicity stunt then she would. Prior to her “coming out” nobody heard anything about her. All of a sudden she is on every talk show out there and now DWTS. I have more respect for those people that actually do come out truly and it isn’t just for media appearances. She is NOT a man no matter what her new drivers license and birth certificate says. She was able to do it because of her famous parents. What about all of those men out there that are saving up for an actual surgery and the hormones they are taking are just female birth control pills because they can’t afford the high priced doctors? Are they able to change their documents to female? No, because they are still men and still have male parts. Chastity still has a Menses every month unless the testosterone has stopped it, because surgery hasn’t. How is that irreversible?

  • Mr_Fixit2

    um, where does the hating come in? Are people that insecure that they think any criticism or contrary opinion is “hate”? It’s a strong word that people use loosely nowadays that only shuts down communication rather than opens it.

  • Deanne Cooley

    Charles,
       I suspect when you catch a cold, you take nothing for it, and if you get cancer, you’ll just deal with it instead of getting chemo or radiation treatments, right? I doubt it. You  may want to stop opening your mouth and proving just how ignorant you actually happen to be.

  • Why is it that social conservative thinking people expect everyone to accept telling other how to live their lives? Why can’t you accept the fact that other people don’t agree with your point of view? Typical of social conservatives… once again the pot calling the kettle black. Total hypocrites!

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