According to the left, Republicans have been waging a war on women for decades. That is far from the truth however. In fact, it is the left who has been waging this war (just like they have against blacks). Remember how they treated (and still treat) Sarah Palin. Anyone remember Katharine Harris and how she was vilified during the 2000 recount? And of course the left supports Islam which oppresses women around the world.
The latest attack comes in the form of transgenderism. Specifically, transgender men who identify as a woman competing in women’s sports. This battle is just beginning. Some women athletes are beginning to push back on this. But strangely silent on this issue are the leftist feminists who have been telling us (often screaming at us) that women are special and unique (although that articulation is often done with crass language). Where is Gloria Steinman? Ashley Judd? The Women’s Movement? Cher tweeting in all caps?
Just for fun, here are some quotes by leading feminists over the years:
“To all the little girls who are watching, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” —Hillary Clinton in her 2016 concession speech
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” —Madeleine Albright
“No woman should be told she can’t make decisions about her own body. When women’s rights are under attack, we fight back.” —Kamala Harris
“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and s*** to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story–I will.” —Amy Schumer (who isn’t talking much s*** about this issue).
“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.” – Michelle Obama
“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” – Madeleine Albright
These women are nowhere to be found now. This is curious but not unexpected. The feminist movement has pretty much been run by leftists. And in leftism the ideology comes first above everything else. So in this case the identity politics of transgenderism has moved ahead of feminism in the hierarchy. So you’re not going to hear much from these hypocrites. Don’t worry though. They’ll suddenly find their voice at the next manufactured outrage against Republicans.
Surprisingly one person who has spoken out about this issue is none other than Martina Navratilova. And just in case any millennials are reading this, she was was one of the most dominant tennis players of her era. She won 18 singles championships. But more than that she has been an outspoken ambassador for the left since coming out as a lesbian in 1981. So surely she can speak her mind on issues related to that topic (which includes the entire LGBTQ umbrella). Wrong! This is what she said:
“I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair. It’s insane and it’s cheating.
Simply reducing hormone levels — the prescription most sports have adopted — does not solve the problem. A man builds up muscle and bone density, as well as a greater number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, from childhood,” Martina wrote … “Training increases the discrepancy.”
Indeed, if a male were to change gender in such a way as to eliminate any accumulated advantage, he would have to begin hormone treatment before puberty. For me, that is unthinkable.”
“The Nazis had ‘The Jewish Question,’ and history records the horror which its leaders called the ‘Final Solution.’ Navratilova treads a very dangerous line in asking if this issue of inclusion should be called a name that’s not so far off from Joseph Goebbels’ nomenclature.”
Interestingly that comment has been taken down with this note:
A reference to Joseph Goebbels and Nazi propaganda known as “The Jewish Question” has been removed from this article. It was seen by some as implying that Martina Navratilova, in her describing the issue of transgender inclusion as “the transgender problem,” was herself advocating extermination of trans people or otherwise imitating Nazi-like behavior. That was not intended. Nor was it intended to distract from the very substantive aspects of this important conversation, which it may have done. As the author of this article, as well as Outsports managing editor, I understand that perception has overtaken facts. As a Jew and as a trans woman, I am sensitive to any term that seeks to describe a marginalized group such as transgender people as a “problem” to be solved. We are not a problem. — Dawn Enni.
In the meantime, Martina is left wondering WTH happened:
“I certainly stumbled into a hornets’ nest. The support I normally get from ‘my people’, the LGBT community, was replaced by a barrage of quite nasty personal attacks and I was dropped (jettisoned is a better word) as an ambassador for Athlete Ally.”
Isn’t the term ‘my people’ a bit presumptive? And also derogatory?
“Conversely, some publications and people that I am at odds with on most issues, such as the Washington Examiner (gasp) and James Woods (double gasp), were strongly supportive of my opinions. Those are unwelcome bedfellows. So where did I go wrong? Or did I go wrong?”
She answers her own question by explaining her thinking on the issue (thinking on it was the first mistake):
“What I really wanted to do was try to open up the debate about equality and fairness in relation to transgender participation in women’s sport. There were too many voices that were silenced and shamed into submission and that is not right. My aim was to encourage a more scientific, rather than emotional, conversation and to search for a solution that would work better than current arrangements.”
Two huge mistakes here. First the word ‘debate’. You might have just as well shown a cross to a vampire. The radical left doesn’t desire debate. They want surrender and control. Subsequent to that is the notion of science over emotion. Another huge no no. And a solution? The only solution is a total capitulation to the liberal agenda as it seeks to destroy the culture’s morality.
“I was motivated by concern about the future of women’s sport and my worry that by trying to be fair and inclusive for one group, others can be adversely affected, that eliminating one kind of discrimination can inadvertently give rise to another.
So how do we go forward? First, we all need to realize that there is no perfect solution in which nobody will ever be wronged or disadvantaged. There is no blanket rule that will solve all issues. The objective must be to find policies that make women’s sport as inclusive and fair as practically possible. After all, if everyone were included, women’s sports as we know them would cease to exist. Therefore, any sensible policy must have some exclusions. But which ones? Where do you start and where do you end? Should different sports have different rules governing participation? Should recreational sport be subject to the same rules and standards as professional or Olympic competition? Should there be different rules for high-school sports, different rules for colleges etc.”
Uh oh. The word ‘exclusion’ will send folks like Cher and Debra Messing into temper tantrums.
“If everyone were included, women’s sports as we know them would cease to exist.”
Bingo. The left has been waging a war in the name of identity politics for a long time seeking to destroy any sense of rules or regulations.
“But we should be wary of solving the transgender problem (if I may call it that) by creating further categories. For while they are intended to be fair and inclusive, multiple categories can also fragment a sport and cause confusion.”
Great point. It’s no wonder she is being attacked. She is going after the heart and soul of radical liberalism.
“I know I don’t have all the answers. I don’t think there is a definitive answer here. That is why I want a debate, a conversation that includes everyone and is based, as I have said, not on feeling or emotion but science, objectivity and the best interests of women’s sport as a whole.”
Debate, conversation, science, objectivity. Yikes!!! Does she not realize this is the antithesis to the leftist agenda?? Apparently not.
“Needless to say, I have always and will always be a champion of democracy, equal rights, human rights and full protection under the law for everyone. When I talk about sports and rules that must be fair, I am not trying to exclude trans people from living a full, healthy life. And I am certainly not advocating violence against trans people, as has been suggested. All I am trying to do is to make sure girls and women who were born female are competing on as level a playing field as possible within their sport.
If fair and open discussions can be held without preconceptions or prejudice, and without people being vilified as ‘transphobic’, as I have been along with thousands of others for having a different point of view, by all means count me in!”
Too late! You are now ex-communicated. And since you refused to totally surrender to the social justice mob mentality you will stay that way. And being called ‘transphobic’? Welcome to the club Martina! But forgive me if I don’t sympathize with you. You called people like James Woods “unwelcome bedfellows” above. You don’t like having labels attached to you yet don’t seem to be willing to give up your own prejudices (or even see them). So have fun trying to deal with the radical leftists attacking you.
One thing my mom taught me was a respect for women and their valuable contributions to society. But this latest attack, if successful, would diminish that. If a man can simply decide that he wants to be a woman, then being a woman means nothing. If the liberal feminist voices of our generation truly believed in the power of women they would speak up about this. Their silence is deafening and demonstrates their movement to be a fraud as it sacrifices women on the alter of liberalism.