Should we provide liposuction to an anorexic person?

By Tom Quiner

Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner

Here’s the buzz: former Olympian and current celebrity, Bruce Jenner, a man, wants to become a woman.

You can script the narrative: Mr. (soon-to-be Ms.) Jenner will mainstream the notion of gender reassignment treatment. The Left will push even harder that this is normal, even healthy, and deserving of taxpayer support.

But is it healthy? Let’s see what one of the best hospitals in the world, John Hopkins Hospital, has to say on the subject. U.S. News & World Report ranked it as the best U.S. hospital twenty-one years in a row.

Dr. Paul R. McHugh is University Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry there.

He is the author, co-author, or editor of seven books within his field.

He identifies himself as a Democrat, but nonetheless, had harsh words for those on the left pushing sex-reassignment surgery:

“’Sex change’ is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is a civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”

Offering these types of services, says Dr. McHugh, is the equivalent of collaborating with the patient’s delusion. He says it’s much the same as giving liposuction to an anorexic person.

Critical thinkers might want to pause and consider the doctor’s words.

Reactionaries on the left, I’m sure, will label him as just another transexual-hater and insist taxpayers pick up the tab.


  1. Dennis Wagoner on February 6, 2015 at 6:22 am

    It would seem that ‘you just can’t make this stuff up’ is getting to be a worn out phrase.

    • quinersdiner on February 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

      You’re right. It seems ‘anything goes’ is the mantra for today’s culture.

      • Dennis Wagoner on February 6, 2015 at 9:49 am

        And that culture has created a plethora of unsatisfied people who could find peace and joy from the very God who they try to push aside. Such a sad thing to see.

        • quinersdiner on February 6, 2015 at 10:00 am

          You’ve said a mouthful, Dennis. I just heard on the radio the other day that Americans are the most discontented people in the world. Third world people, with far, far less are far happier than we are. There are many reasons, I’m sure, but it comes down a gap between expectations and reality.

  2. Paul Sharp on February 6, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Rarely am I puzzled by your blog and comments, Tom. 3rd world people are far happier than we are? I spent nearly two years in Central African Republic and Cameroon and never had that observation.

    Except for your happiness comparison, I agree with your blog and Dennis Wagoner’s comments.

    • quinersdiner on February 6, 2015 at 11:11 am

      Paul, I haven’t seen the data. I heard the reference on a talk show with Dr. Ray Guarandi. The word he used was “contentment,” not happiness. I’ll see if I can find more info. Thanks for writing.

    • quinersdiner on February 6, 2015 at 11:20 am

      I did a quick search for some data. Here is a graph from the U.N. which ranks the U.S. 17th among First World Nations. /Users/tomquiner/Desktop/happiness-3.jpg

  3. bluebird of bitterness on February 9, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Gender reassignment surgery is no different, in principle, from any other type of cosmetic surgery. If taxpayers can be forced to pick up the tab for gender reassignment, they can be forced to pick up the tab for any surgery that anyone happens to want because he/she/it is unhappy with his/her/its body the way it is. Talk about a Pandora’s box!

    • quinersdiner on February 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Couldn’t agree more.

  4. bernicium on February 16, 2015 at 2:21 pm

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