Oh it’s about to go down up in here! And when I say go down I mean dissolve into an ugly mix of Spanx and sequins. One of my faithful GEMs, Irene, alerted me to this article on the Fox News website. Psychologist Keith Ablow, who, according to his website, is one of America’s leading psychiatrists, says watching Chaz do the Watusi on Dancing with the Stars is potentially harmful for our kids. According to Dr. Ablow, the reason we should lock the children away while DWTS is on is because they are in the process of establishing their own sexual/gender identities and might be confused, perhaps even swayed by watching the crowd cheer on someone who had breasts removed and takes male hormones to live as a man. Oh boy.
This sort of makes me wonder where “one of America’s leading psychiatrists” was schooled. In fact, with this opinion, Dr. Ablow even breaks rank with the fellow members of the American Psychiatric Association, who believe that gender reassignment surgery is an appropriate treatment in some cases.
But I’m not here to debate whether Chaz was right or wrong; I don’t care, that’s his life. And I know Dr. Ablow is far more schooled than I, with diplomas, no doubt, lining the mahogany walls of his office. But from where I sit, inside Good Enough Mother World headquarters, this is ludicrous. Here’s why:
Number 1: No kid is going to be watching Dancing with the Stars. Let’s start there.
Number 2: I’m willing to bet, any kid wondering whether he or she was born the wrong sex will have been wrestling with those questions LONG before September 19th at 8 PM EST. That is, if he or she is even watching the show (see above).
Number 3: I’m pretty sure my Casey, even if I could pry her out of her teenage hovel to watch the show (again, please see above) will not be questioning whether she should remove her breasts just because Chaz did. I mean please! My son likes that show Dirty Jobs but you don’t see him suiting up to clean the sewer. Hell, I can’t even get him to pick up clothes off the floor.
I guess the point I’m trying to make is let’s stop it with the scare tactics. People don’t choose to be gay and I don’t believe they choose to be transgendered. Why don’t we instead, view this for what it is, an opportunity to teach our kids compassion and educate them about people. Oh, and a chance to point and laugh at everyone who shouldn’t venture out of their dressing rooms in spandex.
Okay that’s my take, what about you? Do you agree with Dr. Ablow, will watching Chaz dance confuse our youngsters? Do you think producers were right to cast someone as controversial as Chaz? Will you be watching and if not, why not? Let’s go!