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Laverne Cox Is a Woman, Despite What Some Dude Might Opine to an Audience of Millions

Last week, Time released the cover for its most recent issue, featuring actress Laverne Cox. I wrote some words on Thursday about how powerful this is — that a mainstream publication is offering an enlightening take on the transgender experience, and that the most public face of the trans rights movement is a woman of color, are both incredible milestones. And, of course, the response has not been completely positive, although I’ve personally been lucky to avoid any of that online. Until today.

The Chicago Sun-Times published, on Friday evening (good timing!), a screed from National Review correspondent Kevin D. Williamson, who makes his point perfectly clear in the article’s headline: “Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman.” You can read it if you want to — go ahead, treat yourself! I will admit that I didn’t get very far before giving up, and I’m perfectly happy to tell you that. It’s 2014, and if there’s anything I don’t need to read it’s an op-ed from a man telling me who and who cannot be called a woman.

But I’ll give you an idea of where it goes, with some sort of pseudo-scientific analysis:

Regardless of the question of whether he has had his genitals amputated, Cox is not a woman, but an effigy of a woman. Sex is a biological reality, and it is not subordinate to subjective impressions, no matter how intense those impressions are, how sincerely they are held, or how painful they make facing the biological facts of life. No hormone injection or surgical mutilation is sufficient to change that.

As far as I’m concerned, the fact that Laverne Cox identifies as a woman is quite enough evidence to say, “Yes, Laverne Cox is a woman.” Because that’s how gender identity works. It’s pretty much the end of the discussion.

Kevin D. Williamson

Kevin D. Williamson

Of course, I find it fascinating that Laverne Cox’s identity — or the identity of any trans person — is soooooo frustrating for so many cisgender folks to comprehend and accept. Is Laverne Cox’s existence in the world as a woman somehow threatening everything that Kevin D. Williamson has come to know and believe in his life? Apparently, which is quite a bummer for Kevin D. Williamson, I guess. It’s a shame for him that this woman’s life upset him enough to inspire a bullshit op-ed weighing in on the authenticity of her gender identity. And it’s even more of a shame that someone at the Chicago Sun-Times read this piece of writing, which was originally published at the National Review (which seems to be a better home for it, frankly), and said, “You know what would be a good idea? Putting this in the Chicago Sun-Times!” Because it is pointless, reductive, and intolerable for a mainstream newspaper to generate attention by providing a public platform for a woman’s identity to be diminished and degraded by someone who has absolutely no right to make judgments about the gender of anyone besides himself.

But I’m not surprised that this outburst comes from Kevin D. Williamson, who I last wrote about a little over a year ago when he proved, quite publicly, that he is an asshole by grabbing a fellow theatre patron’s cell phone in the middle of a performance of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, getting himself kicked out of the show after his temper tantrum likely ruined the experience for the rest of the audience. Let me repeat all of this for you: a man who rudely tries to explain to others the concept of public etiquette is now publicly, in print, arguing that a trans woman is not a woman because of science as he knows it. If there’s anyone we shouldn’t listen to, it’s this doofus. End of story.

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DelphiOmally
DelphiOmally

Use of hyperbole, metaphors, and unsubstantiated peripheral ad hominems aside, this factually unsupported public confession of how one man truly feels about transitioned females…

—not “transgender” since males employed in the aesthetic world of female illusion, entirely different but not inferior to a sex transition, also stake claim to this label—

…and replete with opinion sold as fact, the author of this extremely repulsive literary attack on a medical process, now nearly-perfected after 60 years, relegates Laverne Cox and other transitioned females, not only as essentially poor lost souls deserving of “all pity”, but as souls so deluded that feelings birth a gender identity compass that at all costs must be adhered to. At the end of a journey, a male is still male, aesthetics aside—a male that fools no one but himself, Kevin would say, and from his very own saturation of crafted use of malevolent words, it would not be anywhere near an exaggeration to state that the inferred title is truly “Dude belongs in a nut house”.


It requires no literary skills to immediately deduce this title as Kevin goes to work immediately, having sketched a picture in his own mind of Laverne that undoubtedly he would never protest should such picture be recommended as inclusion in the latest regurgitated book of “List of mental disorders”—in complete contrast to the now debunked notion that gender, a common human characteristic, is a mental disorder.


Despite the medical fact that gender and sex are found in synergistic harmony, and very often not, and despite medical fact that the womb is hardly the abode of perfect embryonic development, not to mention the endocrine system and hormonal maladies—-despite these truths/facts, why bother with them when they will clearly impede a no-less real between-the-lines message of transitioned female exclusion, courtesy of a purveyor of alphanumeric dung?


Fortunately, covert malice, even if cloaked in academia, has, just like dung, an innate ability to reek—and this story cannot be read in an enclosed area, no matter how one stands on the issue of a sex transition. Dung is dung, and odor is odor, no matter if it is cloaked in the feigned garb of an emphatic statement such as “A transitioned female is not a woman.” Now, where did I leave my Febreeze….

Brandon Gold
Brandon Gold

I don't agree with everything Williamson said.  But the author here was too lazy to respond to his actual points.  If everything he said was BS, it shouldn't be to hard to demonstrate that.


But seriously, how half-assed of an author do you have to be to write a rebuttal to an op-ed, without even bothering to read the article you're writing about?  smh

SandyMoran
SandyMoran

What about children who are born with both male and female genitalia?  The parents of these children wait until they see how the child identifies until they have surgery performed to remove the parts they don't need.

RoxanneRieske
RoxanneRieske

*Sign* We do not use pronouns simply based on reproductive biology. THAT'S the real delusion. Someone really needs to take a Sociology 101 class, and pay attention to the lessons. Gender as in how we feel it and how we experience it is based on a host of things, physical biology being an influencing factor, but NOT the be-all-end-all in the matter. The English language (and really, most languages tied to European history) based on 1000s of years of Western European history and influence, has very specific defined parameters for feminine and male. Our English language is very much tied to our Western European history, and that history defines feminine and male in very specific ways. This is not so much the fault of the English language as it is the sociological history of the people behind it. This is a history that we need to break though, and refuse to be tethered to any longer. When a person identifies as transgendered, they are simply saying, "I do not feel, act like, think like, or prefer the things socially and environmentally defined by my assigned gender." Being male or female is SOOO much more than reproductive organs, but the only option Transgendered people have in our society is to strive to the ideal of the gender they FEEL. To deny them a way of defining themselves that allows them to be healthy and honest (it becomes a mental and emotional imperative) is the ultimate cruelty, and has no place in a free and equal society. If you want to see a huge, big contrast in how Transgenderism differs in non Western-European created societies, study the history of the Native American tribes. Most tribes have very special terms for transgendered individuals (yes, Transgenderism along Homosexuality has existed since the dawn of time--it's a biological anomaly having to do with flip flopped hormones during gestation) that denote their uniqueness and high regard in the their tribes. The English language is highly patriarchal, socially limited, and sometimes downright sexist and divisive. 

nickb
nickb

This is right on, although the ad hominem attacks weaken the argument. 

KroyAnna
KroyAnna

"...a woman’s identity to be diminished and degraded by someone who has absolutely no right to make judgments about the gender of anyone besides himself…" 


The English language doesn't belong to Cox nor to a tiny cadre of squawking social engineers. It belongs to ALL of the billion-plus native English speakers. 


We use pronouns in English based on reproductive biology, not whim or wishes. People use "she/her/hers" for me because I am, in reality, female, an adult female human being, a woman. People use "he/him/his" for President Obama because he is, in reality, male, an adult male human being, a man.


Reality isn't a mere bagatelle, to be flapped away by dismissive hands. Nor is it your right to force other people to ignore reality in deference to your gender games.


Cox is male. His pronouns are "he/him/his" because he - along with his identical twin brother - is male. Why is this so very hard for trans-enablers to understand? You invited us to your dress-up party and we declined the invitation.

RogerSchulke
RogerSchulke

@RoxanneRieske - Red Herring argument. Gender is a writing term and it is not unique to English. Homosexuals make up about 1.8% of the American people, it is not genetic because homosexuality does not show up in the same numbers in all races. Hasidic Jews have ZERO homosexuals. 

Those who have a sexual identity are even less than homosexuals, maybe .001% of the American society.

Why should the homosexuals and the whole LGBT group be allowed to change the American culture and morality? This is tyranny by a miniscule minority.

This whole outrage is POLITICAL, drummed up by Marxist who want to destroy America and turn us into a third world banana republic. 

This is a Circus for diversion from the real problems.  We have a contracting GDP, Russia and China are cooperating in war games, the US Government now regulates EVERYTHING from the air we breath to what toilet we use. We no longer have the freedom to start a business without jumping through Regulations. We cannot buy the light bulbs we want, We cannot travel on a plane unless we submit to an annal examination. We live in a Government Tyranny, and your most important issue is whether some mentally disturbed person who was born a male can now clam to be a female. 

This show how much problem America is in and in a decline. It also show many disturbed, clueless people are out there. As P.T. Barnum said ""You can fool too many of the people too much of the time"?

Penny L.
Penny L.

@KroyAnna You and the rest of your traditionalist, natural law ilk aren't worth talking to. You're clearly too feeble-minded to be preaching to anyone about "reality." Thanks for the decline, we're relieved! What a bore.

Tess
Tess

@KroyAnna Really? It's all based on reproductive biology?


So, after a hysterectomy or vasectomy, or after menopause, we should assign someone neutral pronouns? I mean, since the ability to reproduce determines gender, we wouldn't want to assault the English language by assigning a male or female gender to someone not able to reproduce, right?


Regardless of whatever poorly considered ideas about the English language you think you know, we don't check someone's reproductive systems, their sex organs, or their chromosomes before we gender someone -- if you disagree, you must live in a seriously bizarre social circle.

assdd123
assdd123

@KroyAnna Keep whining like the ignorant cishet you are. Regardless of how hard it is for you to comprehend, Trans individuals have every right to have the same rights as you and I, as well as a preference to whatever f***ing pronouns they want. People like you claim that language policing is a direct attack on your rights (straight cis issues), while in reality you are policing language by saying pronouns MUST correspond with reproductive biology. Does it change your life in any way if a Trans woman wants to be referred to as "her" instead of "him"? Get a life

RogerSchulke
RogerSchulke

@assdd123 @KroyAnna Now, now you do not need to have a hissy fit because someone disagrees with you. Kroyann will not convince anyone of your argument by bullying, insults, and name calling. It is a lie to say that Transgender or Homosexual are denied rights. They have the same rights as all of us, what they want are SPECIAL rights. They do not have a right to dictate to the Majority. A culture, a society has the RIGHT to stay viable. 

Just what big social issue does it solve to allow a disturbed person to tell us what they are or are not? Transgenders confuse Children and are disgusting to look at by heterosexuals. They destroy the fabric of society. Look at he confusion and loss of sexual privacy of transgender bathrooms have created. This also violates our right of association, for you want the government to force the American people to accept the unacceptable.

Penny L.
Penny L.

@RogerSchulke @assdd123 @KroyAnna Hey, listen you natural law conservative loser, if you think that them there "transgenders" are destroying the fabric of society, you should get out more, try reading the paper sometime. Get out of the bubble you're in, troll. If you think we're violating you're rights, then try doing something about it becuae you're losing.

RogerSchulke
RogerSchulke

@Penny L. @RogerSchulke @assdd123 @KroyAnna 

Where is YOUR proof? How do those with an identity disorder help society? What article not associated with the LGBT has positive thing to say about tyranny's? They are not winning the hearts and minds of the American people. The LGBT get's progress through intimidation and crooked politicians. That is not a win, that is
Statism.

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