For some, shadow of regret cast over gender switch

first_imgUSA Today 26 February 2009The day Mike Penner left the Los Angeles Times made the news. The longtime sportswriter wrote the article himself, a personal essay explaining that he was taking some time off and, upon his return, he would be known from then on as Christine Daniels.Penner’s public acknowledgment in April 2007 that he was transgender and would soon live as a woman shocked the world of sports journalism and turned his new identity, Daniels, into an instant celebrity. Daniels gave speeches, was profiled in Sports Illustrated, collected honors for courage from transgender groups and wrote a blog for the Times titled “Woman In Progress.”Except that the transition didn’t last. In mid-October 2008, after a lengthy leave of absence, Penner, 51, returned to the sports pages and the Times newsroom as a man.And just as suddenly, Penner’s story, heralded in its early days as a triumphant example of transgender progress, has instead become a cautionary tale of the lesser-known phenomenon: transgender regret.Cases such as Penner and Cluse raise questions about the causes of transgenderism. Paul McHugh, director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, is a leading proponent of the notion that the cause is not biological, that transgender people have chosen this path.He halted the university hospital’s practice of performing gender reassignment surgeries in the late 1970s because, he says, a study indicated that postoperative transsexuals were no happier than they were before the operation. “You can live any way you want, but don’t come to us and ask us to give medical resources to this proposal of yours, because we think it’s a social construct and not a condition of nature,” McHugh says.“No one has demonstrated any physical mechanism or physical problem that causes this. The burden of proof is on them to prove that.” read more

Eto’o names Yaya Toure as his best teammate, aside Messi

first_img At Inter Milan, he combined well will Sneijder to help the Italian giants win a treble in the 2009-10 season when they won the Champions League, Serie A, and the Coppa Italia. Xavi, now manager at Al Sadd, is often rated among the best Spanish players of all time. However, Xavi, who was his teammate at Barcelona where they won a treble the season before, did not make the Cameroonian’s cut. Together at Camp Nou, Eto’o and Xavi won two Champions League titles, four La Liga, one Copa del Rey and two Supercopa de Espana titles. Instead, he named four-time African Player of the Year Toure, who he believes is an unbelievable midfielder.Advertisement Samuel Eto’o has named Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure as his greatest teammate aside from Lionel Messi, overlooking Wesley Sneijder and Xavi Hernandez, among others. “Messi, Iniesta, Deco, Ronaldinho, Yaya Toure. It’s difficult to pick one. Apart from Messi? …Yaya Toure,” Eto’o told Goal. Yaya also stood tall when the list was narrowed down to the finest to have come from Africa. “Two of the greatest African players I’ve ever played with are Yaya Toure and Jay Jay Okocha,” he continued. “He [Yaya] is an incredible central midfielder one of the very best that the world has seen, and I was lucky enough to play with him. “Also, Okocha from Nigeria. He is a fantastic footballer, what an enigma!” Now one of the La Liga ambassadors, Eto’o is also the closest any African has come to winning the Ballon d’Or award since George Weah’s triumph in 1995. He finished third behind then Barcelona teammate Ronaldinho and Chelsea’s Frank Lampard in the 2005 edition. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live In6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As AdultsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more