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Bearded Lady Caption Contest!

This is the 104th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic (h/t FOTM reader Leo).

bearded woman

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM! :D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.”

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

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Thank you!


Bruce Jenner is transgender? I’m a transrace!

A Thought For the Day

A guest post by Justin (aka threepercent1755), FOTM’s Generation iYer who served in the USMC for 5 years. (See Justin’s self-introduction here.)

White Obama

White Obama

As many readers who have partaken in comments with me know, I always try to turn issues around on the “left.” Keep the gloves up, hit low and get a cheap shot in when you can, and secure victory. While many people may disagree with my tactics, let me show you how I think we can turn the fight around in America.

Over the past decade, I have noticed more and more people trying to alter their bodies claiming that they are a man or woman trapped in someone else’s body. While most of you reading this agree with me that this is absurd, it is being thrown at us as normal and we need to accept that people are different.

Let us play this game too. I have noticed many of the scholarships and grants available only to minorities. Please click here if you have any doubts.

Today, I will focus only on black American scholarships.

If a male can change his gender and legally use a female restroom, be considered a female in court, and marry as a female, then what is stopping a white from trans-racing to become a black man with pigmentation? The idea that one can change your chemical and biological background is complete idiocy. However, we now see all female schools allowing transgender students into their schools.

If this is the case, what is stopping someone from changing his or her race? While this may seem farfetched, is that not the road we are travelling down? As a young man, I can change my name, put on female clothes, and now apply for female schools under the presumption that I believe I am a female. What is to stop me from doing the same with my race? I can tan my skin, dye or remove my hair, and alter my eye color. In doing so, can I apply for an NAACP scholarship or put my name down as an African American on a political ballot?

If we use the argument that we cannot tell what sex humans are from genetic makeup, then mustn’t we throw out any segregation of DNA, including race? (All hypothetical, of course) Therefore, we cannot distinguish between male/female, caucasian, black, asian, latino or any other race, as one can claim they are in fact, trapped in another’s body, regardless of genetic makeup.

Once again, please remember the hypothetical and satire nature of this post. It is meant only as an example of how we can turn the fight back around on the new Liberal America, all while using the sandbox they have created for us to play in.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says he’s ‘open’ to reviewing the military’s policy on transgender service


DailyMail: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said today he is “open” to reviewing the U.S Military’s policy on transgender service in the military.

Hagel called the issue “complicated because it has a medical component to it,” while indicating that the department tasked with overseeing the nation’s armed forces is willing to reconsider its ban.

“I do think it continually should be reviewed,” Hagel said. “I’m open to that, by the way. I’m open to those assessments.”

Transgender troops have quietly been calling on the military to remove its ban since the government repealed its Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy that disallowed homosexual individuals from serving in the military.

After Hagel spoke at a LGBT pride event at the Pentagon last summer, those in favor of lifting the ban hoped it was a sign of progress on the issue. But nothing has changed in the months after.

The Department of Defense’s current policy is to allow transgender people to serve in civilian positions, but not in the armed services. The military cites medical reasons as the cause for disbarment.

A March report commissioned by former U.S. Surgeon General to Bill Clinton Jocelyn Elders on behalf of San Francisco State University’s Palm Center posits that “there is no medical reason for the ban.”

Elders says the ban “expensive, damaging and unfair barrier to health care access for the approximately 15,450 transgender personnel who serve currently in the active, Guard, and reserve components.” (no specific report noted here to back up that statistic)

The report estimates that if the military that if the military allowed individuals wishing to undergo sex change to stay in the service, it would affect approximately 230 members of the service and “would place almost no burden on the military.” Each sex change operations would cost the government $30,000, it says.

Former Navy SEAL Team 6 Chris Beck, who now goes by Kristin Beck, has proposed a pilot program that would give service members in the process of changing their sex a year to complete the emotional and physical transition in return for two years of additional service.


The report had no visible effect on military policy when it was published.

“At this time there are no plans to change the department’s policy and regulations which do not allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military,” Defense Department spokesman Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said.

Hagel’s remarks to ABC News on Sunday may signal that the military has shifted positions on the issue.

“Every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity, if they fit the qualifications and can do it,” Hagel said. “This is an area that we’ve not defined enough.”

If the U.S. changed its policy, it would join a host of other countries that allow transgender individuals to serve, including Great Britain, Canada, Israel, Spain and Sweden.

There is no medical reason for the ban? Perhaps Elders should go into military service to understand how things work.

Transgenders require constant hormonal support as their desired gender.  (They won’t produce testosterone or estrogen needed for the physical gender-related elements to work right and it has to come from somewhere.)  Usually needing a constant medical support makes people un-enlistable or, at least, non-deployable because it can’t be reliably supplied in the war environment that’s the military’s whole purpose.  Sure, there’re older female personnel doing hormone replacement therapy, but that’s much smaller dosages, aligned with physical (genetic) gender and augmentative (not essential) if the supply of meds can’t be maintained.  If the transgenders don’t need the hormone support, sure… but most times they will.


Couple discover they’re both homosexual after 20-yr marriage

Seriously, how can anyone be this confused?

Maria Medina reports for CBS13 Sacramento, Sept. 27, 2013, that more than 20 years into his marriage, a California man, David Kaufman, “realized” not only that he’s gay but that he’s a transgender!

And so David Kaufman became Dani (Danielle) Kaufman.

David/Dani says he’s always struggled with being born a boy: “When I was 5 years old I just wanted to be a girl so badly.” Beginning when he was 13 years old, he made attempts to end his life. But he “ignored that haunting, nagging feeling” and did “what everyone expected” — by marrying. Not once, but twice.

Cat & David KaufmanCat and David Kaufman on their wedding day

David’s first marriage produced two kids. After his divorce, he met Cat (Cathleen), fell in love, married and had a child with her. Cat said, “We were each other’s best friend. We just got along really well. It never occurred to me that it would be anything but forever.” The couple moved from Michigan to California, where David works as a radiologist.

But then, after more than two decades living a happy life together, “things changed.”

Four years ago, David/Dani says he finally fully realized his attraction to men.

Cat says she didn’t see any signs at all that David could be gay. But then Cat had a secret of her own, which also began a few years ago. She realized she’s a lesbian!

Cat KaufmanCat Kaufman suddenly realized she’s a lesbian!

Cat told David: “I need to tell you something. I’ve been thinking that I would like to date women.”

David responded, “Oh my god, get out of town! I just figured out I’m gay!”

Cat said, “It was pretty shocking for both of us” but “It was excitement and relief.”

Three more years passed . . . .

In 2012, David the homosexual suddenly realized he wasn’t actually gay. He was just born in the wrong body! – “No, I don’t just want to be female. I really am female.”

So David began his transsexual “transformation” into Dani.

David/Dani Kaufman“Dani” Kaufman

David/Dani says “she’s” finally able to be “herself” after more than 50 years of pretending to be someone “she” wasn’t: “It felt so good to be me. It felt so good to be a woman, to be Danielle. This is incredibly cool.”

The couple now lives separately just a few minutes from each other.

Cat & Dani KaufmanCat and “Dani” Kaufman

Now I’m confused.

If David now thinks he’s not gay after all but merely a man “trapped” in a woman’s body and has made the “transformation” into a woman, does that mean David/Dani likes women or men? If David/Dani still likes women, does that make him/her a lesbian?

And if Cat Kaufman now thinks she’s really a lesbian, does that mean Cat and “Dani” are now a lesbian couple?

Can anyone help clarify? LOL

Interestingly, vitals.com still has Dani Kaufman as a male:

Dr. David Lee Kaufman MD is a male Radiologist, has 18 years of experience and practices in Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology.


Topless equality activist causes bust-up with neighbors in her town after insisting on doing EVERYTHING half-naked


DailyMail: A transsexual who bike rides, barbecues and bush walks half-naked to promote ‘topless equality’ was confronted by police following dozens of complaints about her public nudity.

Stacey Schnee, 38, was pulled over by two police cruisers earlier this month after neighbors complained about her wearing nothing but shorts, shoes and a helmet as she cycled through Leicester, Massachusetts.

Her public display didn’t just turn heads –  traffic slowed down, motorists honked, some people took video, while others shouted they would call police.

But officers didn’t arrest the single mom because she was wearing pasties over her nipples, meaning she wasn’t completely nude. However, Schnee said the officers weren’t really sure how to interpret the law as they stood next to her on the side of the road.

‘They were trying to tell  me I was doing something wrong, and I argued back that no, it’s not, it’s legal,’ Schnee told telegram.com. ‘You don’t even actually  have to [wear pasties], but it’s way easier to get out of trouble when you are wearing them in this state because the laws are shady.

‘So, after talking with them [officers] for about five minutes they said, ‘Well, just get out of  Leicester so we don’t have to deal with the calls. Just go back to Worcester’.’

However the unusual incident has forced police and the district attorney’s office to take a fresh  look at local laws, meaning Schnee could still be charged. ‘Based upon a review of the law, it is unclear whether her partially covering herself up, puts her on the right side of the law,’ Leicester Police Chief James Hurley said. ‘She is out there riding around, appearing to be topless and exposing herself for the shock value.’


Massachusetts General Laws imply if only a small part of the breast is covered, it should be considered  nudity. Other sections of the law state a breast is uncovered if there is no  covering ‘below a point immediately above the top of the areolae.’

Other sections of the law mention the intent to shock is to be considered illegal as well.

Schnee is a member of  activist group, Topless Equality, which advocates for women to be able to be  bare-chested, like men, in public. She frequently goes topless in the privacy of her home – she gardens, chops wood, barbecues and cuts the grass without a shirt.

Sometimes, she takes her  fleshy protest outdoors to ‘get the word out that women should be able to go topless‘.

‘Speaking out for Topless Equality is simply a fundamental right that I will shout from every rooftop that I am allowed to,’ Schnee said, according to her profile on the Topless Equality website. ‘Living in Massachusetts and having Toplessness considered illegal, and a violation of Indecent Exposure laws in many cities, has been very restricting.

‘I am a nudist and believe that if given a chance that America, Massachusetts, and Boston can be more open minded and see that there is no harm in allowing both sexes, and every race, creed and size the right to be free to be topless in public.’

Schnee has acknowledged she  has a ‘unique perspective’ on public nudity, partly influenced by the fact she was born a man. Schnee had  gender reassignment surgery in June 2011 and breast augmentation last year.

She said before the transition, she struggled with her identity and wanted to commit suicide. But having lived as both a man and a woman gives her an uncommon perspective on the topless equality issue.


This puts me in a unique position to fight for topless rights since it is a right that I lost when a single letter was changed on my driver’s license — from M to F,’ she said.

However telegram.com reported neighbors in  the middle-class area are outraged at Schnee’s bare-skinned antics, particularly when she walks topless with her two children.

‘I’m topless and even nude in front of my kids all the time,’ Schnee said. ‘For them it’s nothing.  They don’t see it as anything strange at all. They just don’t care. ‘This is just how our family is. It’s just a little different. Daddy has breasts and Daddy is now a girl. To them it’s completely normal.


Jerry Brown signs bill empowering transgender students


Sacramento Bee: California students will soon be able to use the bathrooms and join the teams that best match their gender identity, with Gov. Jerry Brown signing a bill enshrining new rights for transgender youth.

The legislation, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, advanced from both houses of the Legislature on largely party-line votes. Advocates called the bill a needed protection for young people who often endure discrimination.

Brown’s decision to sign the bill on Monday, ahead of a deadline to act by midnight on Tuesday, dissolved the suspense surrounding the bill’s fate.

With his signature, Brown overrode the objections of Republican lawmakers who said the bill would undermine parental choice and put school children into uncomfortable situations. Critics also questioned how the bill would affect the integrity of school athletic records.

What could possibly go wrong with this?

Reason  to home school.


From Don to Dawn to Don: ABC newsman changes his mind, again

Do you remember a post I did last May about an ABC newsman, erh, newswoman, erh, newsthingie, Don Ennis, who marched into the ABC news office one day in full drag, wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig, and declared that henceforth, his colleagues must look upon and treat him as a woman named Dawn?

Well, Don-Dawn-Don has changed his-her-its mind, again!

the faces of Don Ennisl to r: Don Ennis; Dawn Ennis; Don Ennis 2.0

Tara Palmeri reports for the New York Post, Aug. 6, 2013, that Ennis now says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don.

In an email he wrote to friends and colleagues last Friday, which was first obtained by the website NewsBlues.com, Ennis wrote:

“I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing me up in a wig and bra and making fake ID’s with the name ‘Dawn’ on it. Seriously. It became obvious this was not the case once I took off the bra — and discovered two reasons I was wearing one [referring to his hormone-induced breasts]. I thought it was 1999 . . . and I was sure as hell that I was a man. Fortunately, my memories of the last 14 years have since returned. But what did not return was my identity as Dawn.

I am writing to let you know I’m changing my name . . . to Don Ennis. That will be my name again, now and forever. And it appears I’m not transgender after all. I have retained the much different mind-set I had in 1999: I am now totally, completely, unabashedly male in my mind, despite my physical attributes. I’m asking all of you who accepted me as a transgender to now understand: I was misdiagnosed. I am already using the men’s room and dressing accordingly.

It’s so odd to be experiencing this from the other side; as recently as last Friday, I felt I was indeed a woman, in my mind, body and soul. Even though I will not wear the wig or the makeup or the skirts again, I promise to remain a strong straight ally, a supporter of diversity and an advocate for equal rights and other LGBT issues including same-sex marriage. I know my wonderful colleagues will no doubt make it easier for the next person to transition at ABC.”

Ennis had previously told friends that he suspected his sex mix-up happened because his mother had given him female hormones as a child that made him look and sound young to prolong a bit-part acting career, but he ended up developing breasts and started thinking he was a woman.

The startling he-to-she-back-to-he move came after Ennis had publicly announced on Facebook in May that he was leaving his wife of 17 years, Wendy, to become a full-time woman.

But Ennis has now assured friends and colleagues that his switch back to being a man isn’t a joke. He wrote: “The new change I’m revealing to you today did not arise because I couldn’t hack it, or people wouldn’t accept the new/real/female ‘me,’ or I had trouble finding shoes that fit (Oh, I found plenty, more than I could afford). […] No, I’m not f–king with you. No this is not a joke. No, this is not an episode of ‘Would You Fall For That?’ ”

And that, boys and girls, is why Canadian psychiatrist Joseph Berger says “scientifically there is no such thing as transgender.”