The Growing Rift Between Feminists and Trans Women
The widening rift between feminists and trans women serves as a fascinating subplot in the culture wars that rage throughout America. Ultimately, one can only hope that as events continue to unfold, everyday Americans begin to recognize the hypocrisy of gender militancy.
As always, digging through the self-serving falsehoods designed to stifle debate is a challenge. In reality, it’s clear that most Americans don’t really care if someone chooses to identify with a gender that differs from their biology. It’s relatively harmless, at least to those around the pour soul who chooses to make a mockery of his or her sex, and in some ways, I suppose all of us engage in impersonation fantasies at one point or another. For me, it happens on the golf course whenever I’m standing over a birdie putt while channeling my inner Arnold Palmer.
However, when a transgender person demands recognition as the actual gender they are imitating, something seemingly innocuous morphs into another woke threat to truth and common sense. Instead of make-believe dress-up games, a biological man who believes he is a woman now shares similarities with the person suffering from delusional disorder who believes they are Napoleon Bonaparte.
By all appearances, radical feminists and trans women should get along famously. After all, the feminist movement is centered on a premise of equality between the sexes and the principle there are no appreciable differences between men and women. In the few areas where feminists acknowledge biology matters, they have created a kind of separate but equal policy, most notably reflected in Title IX, which serves as the foundation for national women’s collegiate sports.
Modern feminism pushed the envelope into nearly every facet of popular culture and redefined women in the household, the corporate boardroom, the military, the fashion industry and sports. The women’s rights issue was settled long ago, but even today, many feminists display hostility towards what they believe is a chauvinist notion of the idealized woman from the 1950s and 60s.
Yet, that image is exactly what many trans women aspire to be, and because the concept is so abhorrent to radical feminists, it will continue to drive a wedge between the two woke groups.
This issue was first raised by Caitlyn Jenner, who said in a 2015 Time magazine interview, “One thing that has always been important for me, and it may seem very self-absorbed or whatever, is, first of all, your presentation of who you are. I think it’s much easier for a trans woman or a trans man who authentically kind of looks and plays the role. So, what I call my presentation, I try to take that seriously.”
While widely criticized and ultimately apologizing, Jenner spoke a truth the broader trans women’s community doesn’t want anyone to hear. A quick internet search for “famous trans women” yields pages of female impersonators in tight, low-cut dresses sporting ample cleavage, perfectly applied makeup and long, silky hair styled provocatively. Retail trans women’s websites offer limitless products, services and clothing to promote the exact type of idealized femininity that feminist groups have vigorously fought to erase since the 1970s.
Trans women don’t appear to be embracing the ideals of the radical feminist movement. What it seems they are chasing is the traditional men’s view of female beauty. In other words, they want to look like Marilyn Monroe and not Hillary Clinton.
When you couple feminist hostility towards the concept of the idealized woman with the trans incursion into women’s sports, one can only imagine the rift in the two woke communities will continue to grow, fester and ultimately rupture into outright hostility.
It’s a curious situation that could only happen in the bizarre world of woke, and yet, it’s become a “get your popcorn ready” moment as each side spews piety and sanctimony at ever increasing volume levels in an effort to cancel the other first.
Will sanity ever return to American culture?