On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 the sports blog Grantland.com published an 8,000 word story by Caleb Hannan titled "Dr. V’s Magical Putter." What began as a story about the technology behind the “scientifically superior” Yar golf club devolved into an investigation of its inventor, Essay Anne Vanderbilt, also known as Dr. V.
While fact-checking Dr. V’s academic background, Hannan discovered that Dr. V was a transgender woman. When Dr. V learned that Hannan planned to reveal her transgender status in his article, she demanded that he respect her privacy - describing being outed against her will as a “hate crime.” Hannan refused to acknowledge her request for privacy, and Dr. V committed suicide in October, 2013.
In the Grantland.com article, Hannan uses male pronouns to refer to Dr. V once he discovers she is transgender, and does not acknowledge that he has done anything inappropriate. In fact, the tone of the article is smug self-congratulation for “solving” the Big Mystery of Dr. V’s past.
To read more about this problematic article, please check out the links below.