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Just a few years ago, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, a daughter of actors Angelina and Brad, was all the rage among gender-obsessed Hollywood watchers. Just last year she was listed among nine other children of celebrities being raised as transgender or with a non-binary gender by Insider. They wrote,
Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s oldest biological child, named Shiloh and assigned female at birth, told the former couple that they (the child’s preferred pronoun) would rather be called John in 2014.
John has been wearing suits and other gender-nonconforming clothing for years, and Jolie discussed embracing her child’s clothing choices with Vanity Fair in 2010.
She dressed in suits and donned a short haircut; you’d never have known she wasn’t one of her brothers. Which was the point. Angelina was quoted as explaining,
“Some kids wear capes and want to be Superman and she wants to be like her brothers. It’s who she is. It’s been a surprise to us and it’s really interesting, but she’s so much more than that – she’s funny and sweet and pretty.”
Well, just as kids wearing capes grow up and stop pretending to be Superman, Shiloh seems to have outgrown her desire to be just like her brothers. The same Hollywood star-watchers are now atwitter about her girly wardrobe choices, completely ignoring how the young girl was dressing just a year ago,
Yep, that's the same dress. 😍 https://t.co/Pr4xqW1rBM
— POPSUGAR Fashion (@POPSUGARFashion) October 28, 2021
In her landmark book on the subject of girls identifying as transgender called Irreversible Damage, Abigail Shrier explores the phenomenon. She recently gave a must-watch speech for Hillsdale College on the subject,
She explained in Irreversible Damage a statistic you won’t see discussed widely. “Several studies indicate that nearly 70 percent of kids who experience childhood gender dysphoria—and are not affirmed or socially transitioned—eventually outgrow it.”
It seems that’s exactly what happened with Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. If we had a media interested in an honest exploration of tough subjects, the case of Shiloh would be an interesting situation to discuss. Naturally, we don’t have that. Instead, we have a media that vilifies Shrier as a transphobe, doing everything possible to silence her work and her voice on the subject. Her book has been added to banned lists and her groundbreaking work, which should be front-page news, is ignored.
Recently, one of those pieces caught the eye of many interested in the topic. She wrote for Bari Weiss’s Substack newsletter about the sloppy care administered to self-identifying transgender individuals. One of the subjects of the piece, a teenage media sensation, Jazz Jennings, was so disfigured I still get lightheaded and queasy reading Abigail’s accounting of how brutally her body was mutilated. New reports indicate the teen is suffering from a 100-pound weight gain, a ghastly sum on a 5’1″ frame. The teen was told that “transitioning” would mean a reprieve from mental health struggles, yet, they seem only to be exacerbated with a new diagnosis of a binge eating disorder. It turns out, “transitioning” wasn’t the magical mental health cure it was billed as.
As our society grapples with this new trend and a media unwilling to discuss even a high-profile gender reversal, Shrier’s work is critical. Wouldn’t it be nice if more even-handed journalists joined her?Published in