Richard Hernandez, who now goes by Tiamat Legion Medusa, or just “Dragon Lady,” has spent more than $70,000 on a series of plastic surgeries and body modifications, a process triggered when the former bank vice-president was diagnosed with AIDS.
He/She/It/Them (He prefers it, and I won’t use “them”,) has had 18 horn implants, both ears removed, a partial nose removal (so he would look like Voldemort in the “Harry Potter” movies—COOL!), 32 teeth pulled and six of his remaining teeth sharpened to points, the whites of both eyes tinted green, and his tongue split into a fork. Tiamat has also had his chin altered nine times and nine piercings, among other procedures. He also underwent gender modification treatment.
Next up, Tiamat says, is the amputation “Mr. Bojangles,” his penis, along with having rainbow scales tatooed over every inch of skin, more horn implants, and both eyeballs stained purple. The long term goal is to be transformed into a “genderless reptile” by 2025.
- Is there any doubt that “Dragon Lady” is stark, raving mad?
Or would you adopt the generous position that he/she/it is simply taking advantage of American freedom of expression, and not being cruelly taken advantage of by a series of greedy doctors, hacks and tattoo artists happy to relieve Tiamet of as much money as possible in her/his/its deranged state?
- “Dragon Lady” says, “I am happier today than I have ever been in my life because I mustered the courage to live my life on my terms and to march to the beat of my own drum…It is my goal and mission to shatter the gender binary and to inspire others out there to embrace being non-binary by sharing my story of going genderless.”
Does the fact that a patient is made happy by being mutilated relieve an ethical doctor of the duty to “do no harm”? Ethics Alarms has discussed this dilemma in the context of surgeons agreeing to amputate healthy limbs when an individual develops the delusion that they don’t belong on his or her body, or performing breast enhancement surgeries that give women mammaries the size of medicine balls.
- Does the fact that “Dragon Lady” has an incurable disease matter in this calculation? Would a psychiatrist say that the obsession with becoming a genderless lizard is a hysterical and pathological reaction to a persoanl health crisis, and that such an individual needs to be institutionalized for their own safety?
In short, what’s going on here? Let me rephrase that. What the hell is going on here?
- I’m sure it is politically incorrect to raise this, but might not the saga of Dragon Lady suggest that the current fad of Americans inventing their own genders and being celebrated for it is creating an epidemic of confusion and self-destructive behavior that threatens a coherent society and viable human relationships?
Is it wise to force everyone to applaud this development, and condemn any doubts or criticism as “hate” and “bigotry”? What if the desire to reject one’s biological gender is frequently—not always, but frequently— a response to all the publicity, hype, and political posturing? Have we seriously considered that the pro-gender creativity propaganda is making insecure, confused young people mentally ill, or pushing them into self-destructive acts?
- Call me narrow minded if you must, but when a tough life (which Richard Hernandez clearly has had, if he can be believed) seriously states, “I want to be a genderless reptile,” that is the equivalent of what befell Lisa Simpson, with identical results…
and the correct response in that case was a diagnosis of “bonkers.”
- Finally, consider this photograph:
Just how different are the former Richard Hernandez and the former Bruce Jenner?