When his mother, a pediatrician, took James for counseling, she chose a gender transition therapist who diagnosed him with gender dysphoria, a mental conflict between physical sex and perceived gender. Meanwhile, Dad isn't seeing signs of gender dysphoria. In the father's home, James appears to be a normal boy and doesn't identify as a girl. He has a choice of boy's or girl's clothes there, and he chooses to dress as a boy. In their divorce proceedings, the mother has charged the father with child abuse for not affirming James as transgender, has sought restraining orders against him, and is seeking to terminate his parental rights. read more
Letting your friends snoop on your voter data with a smartphone app is just the latest gimmick in a wave of intrusive get-out-the-vote initiatives that the Washington Post dubs "vote shaming." The idea is simple: Go out and vote lest you be humiliated. That's a great way to turn voting into a mandatory duty imposed onto others by peer pressure, social ostracization, and a stern insistence that one must vote in order to be a good American citizen. read more
Longtime Today anchor Al Roker has denounced whiteface amid the recent conversations stemming from Megyn Kelly's blackface comments, and singled out Marlon and Shawn Wayans' 2004 film White Chicks in which the two actors appear in whiteface as two undercover FBI agents posing as Caucasian women.
In this week's Doctor Who, Chris Noth (Law and Order, Sex and the City) plays a rival hotel-owning businessman who wants to launch his own presidential campaign for the 2020 election. But, for all intents and purposes, Noth is playing a Trump stand-in. And he exists in this episode mostly to be the butt of its jokes and to be overruled by a bunch of competent women who actually get shit done, which is satisfying in its own way. Noth is clearly having a blast hamming it up as this confused but bullishly confident figure, and he gets the tone just right so that the Trump parallels are funny rather than overbearing. The episode also includes a pointed political metaphor with the reveal that Robertson's seemingly glamorous luxury hotels are actually built on dangerous landfills of toxic garbage.
The job of journalists is not to shield the public from information that challenges their preconceptions. Presenting that image to the public would've led to public questions, some of them perhaps uncomfortable, about what the image was about. But shying away from it is a failure of journalistic duty.