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May 29, 2012

How Typical Is Warren Beatty’s Daughter?

Filed under: whatever — Tags: , , — edge of the sandbox @ 11:46 am

At 17, she decided to “live as a man”, and two years later went for gender reassignment.  Now she seemed to have changed her mind:

Warren Beatty’s transgender son Stephen Ira, is said to be having ‘second thoughts’ about taking the final step in his sex change.

According to The National Enquirer, the 20-year-old student and activist ‘has put his sex change plans on hold.’

A family insider told the publication: ‘He suddenly misses his feminine side, dressing up and wearing make-up and jewellery.

I wonder how typical are changes of heart like Stephen’s.  We know about her case because she’s a minor celebrity on account of her parents.

I’m going to refer to Stephen as a woman because, while presumably she legally changed her name, she did not (could not) change her sex, only the appearance of it.  That Stephen wanted to be a man doesn’t change the XX chromosome reality of her body, outward appearance of which is, in any event, in limbo.

I can’t help wondering if a teenager has the maturity to make a decision about sex change.  Sure, she has the legal standing to do whatever she wants with her body — as she should — but perhaps not the wisdom.  What Stephen does with her body is, of course, her business.  If her family has an opinion on it, that, too, is understandable.  The main reason I take interest in this kind of procedures is because the health insurance we buy through DH’s employer appears to be required to cover part of the costs.  If I’m obliged to pay up for “transformations” like Stephen’s, I’m curious about the outcomes.

When I say that I fail to understand why people might want to disfigure their bodies, I often hear the retort that it’s because I don’t know what it’s like to be a tranny.  But for their part, many queers seem to believe that “gender identity” is in flux.  If it’s in flux, why is it a good idea to fix it on the sex opposite of the one an individual was born with as opposed to just continuing to dress up?  We learn from Beatty’s example that she doesn’t know that she is a man; and yet a few years ago she seemed to be certain about it:

‘Now, he’s wavering on completing the final step of gender reassignment- the surgical procedure to construct a penis. ‘

Although Stephen’s parents Warren and Annette Benning are said to have ‘finally accepted’ his decision to become male, The Enquirer reports that they are ‘urging him to take his time and rethink the drastic surgery.’

Stephen is reported to have had his breasts removed to appear to look more masculine, and ‘loves his body just the way it is,’ according to a source.

In her case, “the way it is” happens to be mutilated.  I suppose at this point there is nothing much she can do other than to like it, but most women are devastated if their breasts have to be removed for medical reasons.  I suppose she can still pretend she’s a girl with really, really small boobies, something that a man who had come to regret his sex change can’t do about his missing penis.

Currently a student at the prestigious Sarah Lawrence College in New York, Stephen is an outspoken activist for the transgender community.

Back in January, Stephen revealed he had a boyfriend, writing on Twitter: ‘I’m trans and gay. Double the fun.’

So, I guess, what she’s telling us, is that she’s bi, and she sounds awfully defensive about liking men.  I can’t imagine why any man would want to sleep with her, but I guess there is someone for everyone, particularly for children of celebrity parents.

radical chic neckwear

Father Warren Beatty in a manly jacket and mother Annette Benning in radical chic neckgear.  Daughter Stephen is on the left in the background

Warren Beatty should find whoever put the idea of surgically altering her body into the brain of his daughter and go full-on Bugsy on that individual…  Then again, I’m sure growing up a child of two movie stars has its challenges.  I hope the younger Beatty children will turn out healthier.



  1. That’s so sad.

    Comment by Bob — May 29, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    • She’s so young and she already did all this damage to her body.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — May 29, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

      • And isn’t it disgraceful that there are MDs who are willing to do that sort of thing?

        Comment by Bob — May 30, 2012 @ 7:55 am

        • That’s a good point. I suppose they have some sort of defense because psychiatric establishment allows it, but…

          Comment by edge of the sandbox — May 30, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

  2. Very sad. And I’m sorry but I have to believe that all those “confused” by their “gender identity” are mentally ill.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — May 30, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    • According to shrinks, they are. I’m just a lay person, but I’m suspicious of this “gender confusion” label and the prescribed course of treatment. Normally, medical professionals are advised to return mental patients back to reality, but in this case they are telling them to go ahead with sex change. Odd.
      It’s also strange that LGBT activists are so invested in claiming that there is a queer mental illness that requires surgical intervention. Sure, it will help with insurance coverage, but it’s a lot like claiming that homosexuality is a disease. I don’t think it is because it’s perfectly possible to be a highly functioning human being and be attracted to people of the same sex. So what’s with transsexuals?
      Somebody we know, a 50+ year-old man was advised by his shrink that he’s not gay but a transsexual, and he went for the surgery and everything else. Before that he was a macho gay man, and he married his boyfriend when Mayor Newsom allowed it. They are no longer together…
      …There is probably something wrong with Stephen Beatty, like Major Depression…

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — May 30, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

  3. Where’s Julie Andrews? A woman dressed up as a man dressed up as a woman?

    Born a girl but living as a man but has a boyfriend but yet is gay? How does that work when one is a man and one is a woman?

    All I know is if (s)he was born in a Third World country with not enough food, unsafe drinking water I somehow don’t think any of these things would be an issue.

    A true First World Problem.

    Comment by Harrison — June 2, 2012 @ 8:32 am

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