posted Sept. 15, 2012
"abitchforjustice": Yesterday my estimation of Anderson Cooper, television journalist, did a complete "360o". He went from being a concise, creditable television journalist to being a muckraker akin to a Jerry Springer, with his show on a "Transsexual Woman Who Was 'Turned transsexual' by a Hair Growth Product". Now this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard!!
I'm going to be right out front with this, so no one will get the wrong idea about how I feel about my community (transgenders). In this piece, I'm NOT going to use female pronouns with regard to this individual, "Mandi", because I am of the opinion that he is BOGUS.
That being said, this is what I have to say about this farce...
Now here comes "Mandi" on the Anderson Cooper show, claiming that when she used a hair growth product, taking pills that contained Propecia (with finesteride) [obtained over the internet, though he claims to have researched it and found it approved by the FDA, although their plants were located in India], (paraphrased) "I had never put on a piece of woman's clothing...I had 'questioned my sexuality a bit when I was younger', I had an uncle who was gay...I questioned if I was bisexual, but I decided I liked women..." [here to his credit, Anderson Cooper reminds him (and audience) that 'sexuality' did not equal 'gender identity']...in answer to Anderson's assertion that he found it hard to believe that "all of a sudden you have these feelings that you are a woman", "Mandi" says, "All I know is that it was a 'life or death' struggle... I went through severe depression, ...by 2011 my marriage was ended.. I was living alone, having physical feminisation symptoms to my body; I was having breast growth... I was having female feelings as well, stressing me out to no end...I was having panic attacks that sent me to the hospital emergency room..."
THIS IS SO BOGUS! C'mon, Anderson! Didn't you even have your producers check with doctors to see if this is even possible? Why didn't you have a medical doctor (or psychiatrist) on board to question the possibility of this fraudulent claim? If ANY research at all had been done, you'd have found out that transsexualism is caused by biochemical construction involving the brain (even to the size of it); was any research done to determine whether or not this pill could have effects there? Where is the documentation?? Did anyone even contact the company that sells this pill? You diminished your own credibility as an "in depth" journalist not to have dug a little deeper.
This man is trying to set the basis of a possible lawsuit against the company that makes this product. Either that, or he figures it might be the most palatable reason to give his wife and family for his transition...or maybe he just has overall mental problems...
But this is tantamount to someone saying, "I used 'Secret deodorant' for its effectiveness, and I started feeling like a woman" or (in your case, Anderson) "I took a 'Midol' for a headache and became gay"...
The airing of this foolishness makes the effort at progress for the transgender community that much more difficult, depending on how many weak minds give it credibility, but I think it makes you look like a fool.
One more thing; I see that "Mandi" is wearing store-bought hair...did the crap he took GROW HAIR???