By Suzanne Bowdey
When Julie woke up from her double mastectomy in the children’s hospital in Syracuse, she expected to feel elated. Instead, she only felt numb. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, she thought. Years later, she looks back with anger at the “collaborative idiocy” that crushed her spirit, permanently scarred her body, and left her feeling empty, betrayed, and alone. “I have this intense rage in me over the harm that was done to me,” she says. Like so many victims of the mutilating treatments this White House calls “lifesaving,” Julie will never fully get her life back. We’ve gone too far, the survivors of this movement are crying out. And no one, based on Fox News’s latest transgender puff piece, is listening.
For the last handful of years, no one’s been under the impression that Fox News is particularly conservative. But at least they were reasonable, many thought. After Friday’s glowing endorsement of transgenderism, the benefits of those doubts are gone. “What extraordinary courage displayed by Ryland [Whittington],” the hosts gushed, as pictures of an adorable little girl faded into the present, where a 14-year-old boyish face filled the screen. Calling the parents’ decision to experiment with Ryland’s sex “inspiring,” the network plainly used the segment to give cover to an ideology that’s abusing children the world over.
“Relatable” host Allie Stuckey was just one of the horrified viewers, who called the propaganda “as extreme and depraved as it gets.” Outrage poured in from all sides, as people struggled to understand how it served Fox to go “full groomer.” Maybe the network was trying to get back into the Human Rights Campaign’s good graces, after being dinged on this year’s Corporate Diversity Index after years of a perfect score. Still, the idea that anyone could be supportive of a movement so sinister and lethal to children is mind-boggling to viewers, who’ve seen the heartbreaking results firsthand. The pain and regret from teenagers who latched on to these new identities because of the adults in their lives is real.
For Suzy Weiss, who tells their stories, the emotions are difficult to contain. In a powerful piece called “The Testosterone Hangover,” Weiss is a witness to the agony of these trusting souls — women who were pushed along a path that would ultimately destroy their young adulthood.