Monday, November 17, 2008

Apparently being transgendered makes someone a bad parent  

2 comments decided to put together a list of the "10 worst fatherhood role models." Among those on the list is Eliot Spitzer, whose daughter probably can't show her face in public again, and Ryan O'Neal, who beat the crap out of his son and supposedly got his daughter hooked on cocaine. Now, coming in at number three on this list? Thomas Beatie, the transgendered man who recently went public when he decided to bear a child. Here's author Jason Daley's rationale:

Teaching kids about sex is tough enough. But when this bearded, deep-voiced transgendered Oregon man popped out a bundle of joy earlier this year, our jobs as fathers became even more complicated: "Sit down, son. I need to talk to you about the birds, the bees…and the trannies." Oof.

Seriously? Seriously? This just shows how narrow-minded our society is when someone is so quick to compare a father who is simply transgendered to fathers who cheat, lie, and beat their children. Unbelievable. Keep up the good work, MSN.

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2 comments: to “ Apparently being transgendered makes someone a bad parent

  • November 17, 2008 at 1:02 PM  

    Not only that, but he claims that it's "bad" because it makes things slightly more complicated for straight, male-born, male identified fathers. Oh boo hoo. Your kid would have to learn that trans people exist sooner or later. How you choose to educate your child is your problem only.

  • November 17, 2008 at 8:52 PM  

    Hi there...
    I've just stumbled upon your blog through my internet wanderings, and wanted to commend you on your postings. They are charged and filled with information that direly needs to be heard.

    When I heard about Thomas Beatie, I used to the opportunity to tell show my daughter how wonderful and precious life really is. She loved the idea that anyone could give birth to someone, that it wasn't just limited to the female. Also, it was refreshing to have an example of someone who was having a child because they WANTED to and not because they accidentally got pregnant. When the media glorified Jamie Lynn Spears and her pregnancy, my daughter said "Poor girl, she probably doesn't even want that child" but with Thomas Beatie, she was overjoyed that someone was creating life so they could embrace it. I hope my daughter's ideology is the ideology of the generations to come.

    Keep up the good work. :)