Jazz Jennings

It's been quite a week for 14-year-old transgender Jazz Jennings. The TLC Network announced a new reality show documenting Jazz's life as a gender stereotypical girl. Then he landed a deal as the face of Clean & Clear acne treatment products.

"The real me is happy and proud to be who I am," Jazz says in a video campaign created by Clean & Clear. "And I'm just having fun being one of the girls."

Parenting groups worry that Jazz's Clean & Clear campaign sends the wrong message to other troubled teenagers: if you don't like yourself the way you are, you can take dangerous hormones for the rest of your life or have radical surgery to remove your body parts.

At age 5, Jazz told his parents he was a girl. So they did what any well-meaning parents would do: they rushed out and bought him gender-specific feminine clothing, thereby reinforcing his obsession with stereotypical girlish things.

Clean & Clear appointed a cross-dressing boy with a mental disorder to help "teen girls who are struggling... to find themselves and be true to who they are." And yet Jazz can't be true to himself or accept himself as the boy he was born to be.

Jazz takes hormone blockers to keep his body in suspended adolescence by blocking production of male androgens, testosterone, which would trigger the onset of puberty.

Clean & Clear plans to use Jazz, who was diagnosed with the mental illness Gender Dysphoria, to positively reinforce body image in girls -- even as he struggles to maintain a false body image with the assistance of hormones and surgery.

If Jazz truly had a female brain -- as he and his supporters want you to believe, his brain would tell his adrenal glands to stop producing male hormones naturally. But that will never happen because his brain is that of a biological boy. And females don't need prostate exams.

"I hope they can learn to be brave and not care what other people think about them," says Jazz. It's a shame his parents didn't instill the same values in their son when he was playing dress up in his mother's closet.

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    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Lord... I saw this yesterday .... chile so many things wrong with this :facepalm: so with that being said..... I thank god I'm not in situation .... also there will be a cold day in hell before I bring another child in this world..... don't get me wrong these babies are a blessing.... :shrugs: but ....... hell I'm thinking bout the unborn hell :shrugs: .... it's a lot of things that I just can't comprehend so I refuse to birth another and bring them here in this chaotic shyt of a world :nono:

      Blanch I left you something downstairs bew :smile:

      Hey Sandra :waves: hope you are enjoying this beautiful day in the A..... :lol: I'm cooking your welcome to get you a plate :smile: bye :bye:

    • http://pinkcottonent.com JerseyMom

      This is ridiculous.

      Good morning, Sandra!

    • Yardgirl

      Thanks for the Sunday post Miss Sandra :waves: Hi Jenie (hi)

      I remember being in elementary school with a boy named Paul. He barbies and was as pretty and feminine as a girl. We were too young (and the world was a different place) but I always thought he was a girl :shrug: As an adult I often think of him and wonder if he is now gay.

      I am not sure if we are allowed to place web address, but I found this interview with this child and found it interesting.

      http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jazz-jennings-lands-tlc-docuseries-780890

      I am off to the gym! :bye:

    • Yardgirl

      OOPS! I posted a link and I guess I should not have. Sorry!! :ashamed: Off to the gym :kona:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      “I hope they can learn to be brave and not care what other people think about them,” says Jazz.
      ______________

      The irony in this comment :no: chile ........ :rolleyes:

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      Good morning jeniefrumdabloc, JerseyMom and Yardgirl. :waves: Jenie, email me your address. You think I won't stop by for a hot plate? :lol:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      The real me is happy and proud to be who I am,” Jazz says in a video
      _________

      But you not proud :huh: the proof is when you took hormones :rules: the fawk is wrong with folks :blink: no sir what you did (took hormones) is a want rather than a need :shrugs: FOH ..... You want to be a female .... and ya parents cosigned it :shrugs: .... I just don't get it :no: and never will

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      @ Yardgirl, it's okay to post a link. But links require my approval. :)

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      emailing Sandra :typing: dinner will be ready round 7:00 pm

    • Yardgirl

      Phew! Thanks Miss Sandra!! :happy:

    • Locapoca

      :blink: this shyt right here

    • MystyBlu

      Wow intolerance is intolerance regardless of whom it's towards. We are all individuals and no one can pretend to fully understand the experiences of another. However, I don't think you have to understand a person to respect them as a human being. Intolerance tells more about the person practicing it than the object of their disapproval. I love my log in but I don't think it's this child above that needs the help. :(

    • sassyshe

      I am all for being who a person wants to be but i dont think parents should be giving their kids hormones, let them wait until they are 18-21 where they can fully decide who they want to be

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      MystyBlu says:

      Wow intolerance is intolerance regardless of whom it’s towards. We are all individuals and no one can pretend to fully understand the experiences of another. However, I don’t think you have to understand a person to respect them as a human being. Intolerance tells more about the person practicing it than the object of their disapproval. I love my log in but I don’t think it’s this child above that needs the help.
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      :sad: that people feel this way

    • Blanche Devereaux

      This is an adult decision :no: IDC what grown folks do because it is their life to live. But what if he/she changes their mind. Its rare but it happens.

      @Jenie I read it :yes: thank you. Life has been rough these past couple weeks have been rough. Can't catch a break and my friend passing is the icing on the cake for me :no: even in this. I am blessed and I need to just focus on the good even if there is very little of it right now :no:

    • SouthernBeauty

      What Sandra said is true. Sometimes the truth hurts and I hope the child doesn't read it. But that doesn't make it any less true. Speaking truth is not indicative of intolerance.

    • Katlego

      Smh this is so sad. Poor girl/boy.

    • Unshakable

      @Blanche :hug:

      Hi (hi) :

      Yardie
      Jenie
      Southern
      Sassy
      Mysty
      Locomotion
      Jersey

      @topic,

      I am in no position to judge others. I believe this situation is being interpreted in two ways:

      1. This is the lifestyle Jazz chose
      2. This is who Jazz believes she was supposed to be all along

      Regardless of viewpoint, I respect everyone's journey even when it's different from my own. I would rather see this teen be who they believe they're meant to be and happy than depressed and suicidal. There are correlations between teens within this community and mental health issues/suicidal risk factors. I hope Jazz continues to lead a productive life and be a role model for people who may find themselves in a similar situation.

      Auntie - regarding Jazz encouraging people to be who they are......Jazz's statement is accurate from her viewpoint, because she has believed she was a girl since age 5. But I do understand your perspective.

      I am inclined to agree with the poster who stated this is a decision that can be reached once the person is at least 18 (or more of an adult), however, I also know that not accepting a person for who they believe they are (particularly within this community) can adversely impact them and exacerbate pre-existing mental health issues.

      Not judging anyone's viewpoint, just throwing out some tidbits.

    • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

      She's a cutie patootie. Love that smile.

      Good morning yall!!

    • http://talkingwithtami.com/blog talkingwithtami

      Neither one of my teens could come home talking about any of this at that age, no! 18 do what you want! :tea:

    • LongLegged

      I mean it is obvious that shit don't have once your 18. That is nothing but being a choice which most of you ignorant people think. It is obvious you know who you are way before the age of 18. I sure most of y'all bitches knew you was a thot way before 18. What your are saying, leads to teen suicides and other long term tramatic but hey would should I expect from a bunch of fucking followers to this ignorant, fake intelligent as blogger. Fry away bitches.

    • MZN

      @LongLegged get over yourself.

    • MSVALLDAY

      All I know to do is not buy another Clean & Clear product. I don't agree with this foolishness and the only way I know how to get my point across is to stop spending my money. There you have it!

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      @ LongLegged: thanks for stopping by.