The movement that once declared “I am woman, hear me roar” can no longer define what a woman is. What happened?
Funny, D's had no trouble defining the word when Biden said he wanted to nominate a black *woman* to the SC.
All part of an effort to erase “truth”. Authoritarianism is the ability to compel people to believe things their eyes tell them are simply not true.
The source of all this nonsense is the left. They are the true fascists.
When this paradigm of "gender identity" erases biology, it erases all the experiences sui generis to women living in a society that still largely operates in a caste system based on sex. You are in effect abandoning the more vulnerable, biologically important half of the population.
And when you try to "disappear" female identity by replacing "gender stereotypes" with "gender identity," you're literally arguing that how one “feels” about oneself is more important than the physical reality of a woman's body.
Some of this is down to *bikini medicine*, namely the assumption that men and women are alike except for the bits covered by a bikini. If bikini medicine holds, then biological sex isn't that important (Butler's view). However, in 2014, the NIH did cough to the fact that they had not bothered accounting for biological sex as a variable in research and that in fact, perhaps it did matter. Since 2016, biological sex as a variable has been accepted. Among things they discovered was that male and female heart disease exhibit different patterns and that male and female bodies react differently to certain medications. There is also research into pregnancy and menopause etc etc. In short biological sex is an important variable in medical research. https://orwh.od.nih.gov/sex-gender/sexgender-influences-health-and-disease has more information.
Equally, it was thought that people were not that bothered about this. The Respect My Sex, if you want my X campaign in the UK (now in its 2nd week) has shown that it is something the grassroots will get mobilized about. They have a series of honesty questions to doorstep politicians about. Basically if a politician can not give a straight answer about what is a man or a woman then why should electorate trust them to give a straight answer on anything else?
Why is no one asking what a 'man' is?
Hijacking of Feminism is just one of the symptoms of larger ideological capture that started in US Universities in mid 2000. Before this Universities were places where people went to be exposed to different opinions, believes and values and then trough discussions, exchange of ideas manage to come back as productive members of society.
Sadly since mid 2000 things are going down the hill, facts are not relevant anymore (math is racist), reality doesnt matter (no difference between male and female), only thing that is important is to tow woke party line. Any dissent will be shunned, decried as racism, white supremacy, colonialism. And universities became party schools for brain washing.
Big mistake was made, when majority of people thought, that this was was just a phase, and will be finished after people leave college, but this was gravely wrong. Not only that it dint went away, it spread like wildfire. Media outlets were captured, companies, and now it is spreading to government. With out free and independent media, there was no-one to report on ongoing issues of this ideology that is destroying universities, and few descending voices are viciously attacked and silenced, first by MSM and now by tech companies.
In middle ages, if you didn't comply to dogma of the church, you were burned on public square. Now too you will be "burned" on "public square" of social media networks, they will make you unemployable, will destroy not only you, but anyone associated to you.
And as any dogma, it is getting more radical by the day, and more and more "stringed purity" tests are created by the day, to judge unbelievers and believers of this new woke religion.
I hope that we wont have to wait for decades, to get rid of this illiberal ideology, that is rotting US society from inside out.
Thank you for publishing this excellent article. I am proud to call myself an old-school liberal and feminist. To me, "women" like Lia Thomas and her many activist supporters are simply exercising standard male privilege by insisting their rights are more important than actual natal women.
Transgender individuals deserve equal rights under the law but they do not deserve the "privilege" of athletic scholarships designed for cis women.
Yes, and the experience has been mirrored in the gay rights movement, as you mention. From fighting to be legal through to gay marriage, it was a bottom up movement. And then with gay marriage, most gays were happy and settled down to normal lives. But the lobbying groups and, most importantly, the universities, took up the torch, rebranded everything as Queer, and spent their days navel gazing and coming up with more and more bizarre words and ideas to toss at one another with zero impact on the gay community.
I believe I saw yesterday that the only cohort believing that Joe Biden is doing a good job is college educated women. If you can’t even discern that the President of the United States is a senile, imbecilic fool, is there any wonder that you would embrace the gender lunacy and arrant idiocy being pushed today?
It’s pretty simple. Without women, there would be no men, trans women or any variation of non binary person. Full stop. The vast majority of people know this and need to speak up to defend women from this nonsense.
Another war against women by men. What’s new? No matter the rhetoric the fact remains only women can get pregnant. Live with it.
XX - that is the definition. Anything else is doublespeak designed to try to convince the population that up is down and day is night. If you believe them on this - they can convince you of anything (such as the senile, mumbling, squinting old man is actually running the US and doing a wonderful job!)
As a person of the other sex, believing, by the way, that only two sexes exist in humans, I’ve never gotten tar-babied by evolving feminist politics. But I do have a perspective regarding the “hijacking” of post-Lucille Ball feminism. It soon became apparent that modern feminism was more about liberal politics than women’s rights. How can I say that? Because the movement’s leaders in its modern iteration were all on the left, people like Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, Andrea Dworkin, Patricia Schroeder, Elizabeth Holtzman, Barbara Jordan, Barbara Boxer, even Geraldine Ferraro. There has been no room in NOW for the likes of female high achievers to the right of NOW and NARAL, women like Phyllis Schafly, Sandra Day O’Connor, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth Dole, Elaine Chao, Condi Rice, and Sarah Palin. Even women governors such as Kristi Noem and Nikki Haley have been despised and shunned by self-proclaimed feminists because they aren’t leftists. This goes for the latest wave of younger Republican women in Congress and state offices. Thinking here, for example, of Winsome Sears, Elise Stefanik, and Lauren Boebert; and even Democrat Senator Sinema is disparaged by other women - not, obviously, because she’s a woman, but because she’s not far enough left.
So let’s not pretend that modern feminism is all about the “liberation” of women and the celebration of their many achievements. That’s true only for women on the political left. If you’re not over there, forget it. It’s the leftists who’ve hijacked your cause, and indeed your sex.
Thank you for cutting through the bs and doing some of your own excellent re-centering here. At some point, the academicians created a path away from common sense. The definition fights take us further and further away from the need to protect women from domestic violence as the author noted, and also rape, harassment, acid attacks, ‘dis’honor killings—yes, all the hell on earth of the Patriarchy. And the women being sexually tortured in Ukraine? Yup I bet they can define ‘what is a woman’. Less sophisticated theorists to splinter us, please, and more who can “do” to lift the tide for all boats.
The only place the word “natal” applies is prenatal medicine.
Cis applies to chemistry, not human genetics.
Stop using their language.
I swear, Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” was prescient. Forget 1984 folks.
“to mitigate the many discriminations that girls and women still face: the economic and psychological penalty of having babies”
That’s………not what ‘discrimination’ means.
*checks mansplaining off to-do list ✅✅