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The big, dramatic moment of Jazz Jennings’ "gender confirmation" surgery arrived in the January 29 episode of I Am Jazz titled “It’s a Girl!” After four seasons of Jazz and the Jennings family turning their lives into a reality show on TLC on the issue of transgenderism, Season Five is all about the physical transformation, both before and after.
Jazz and her family, which includes her parents, older siblings, and her maternal grandparents all travel to New York City for the surgery. They are a close-knit family and after so many years of them speaking about genitalia so freely, I have gotten used to hearing the words flow so often between them. All along, Jazz has been obsessed with getting a “beautiful” **** and talks about it constantly.
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Jazz’s lead doctor, Dr. Marci Bowers, is a transgender woman herself and this surgery is so complicated that two other doctors are brought in to perform various tasks. Because Jazz was put on hormone blockers at the tender age of 11, he/she never went through puberty. Therefore, there is not much tissue to work with down there and the doctors call it a groundbreaking surgery. With the help of all three of the doctors working closely together and solving the problems that arise during the procedure, the surgery is a "success."
When two of the doctors tell the Jennings family that the surgery is over and successful, Dr. Bowers actually declares, “It’s a girl!” Really? Did Jazz’s chromosomes change on...
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