Since 1987, March has been recognized as Women’s History Month. There is plenty to praise about modern womanhood. Females in the United States enjoy rights and privileges they did not have in decades past. Voting, property, and workplace rights that exist now were not always standard.
Gender equality has been achieved insofar as it relates to the legalities mentioned above. Biologically, males and females possess different characteristics that will forever brand them unique. These intrinsic qualities should be celebrated, never maligned, and importantly, not cheaply duplicated. Unfortunately, transgender activism seeks to erase biological women and their distinct experiences in the name of supposed gender inclusion.
The most disturbing aspect of increasingly hostile transgender activism is pushing women out of the spaces they inherently occupy. In January, President Biden signed an executive order titled “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.” The order was designed to be a step toward reducing discrimination among high school athletes. But allowing transgender teenagers to compete against peers places females especially at a disadvantage. It is the opposite of empowering women. Worst of all, they see this as progress. There is nothing so patronizing, patriarchal, and sexist as declaring that biological males should get the opportunity to be better at being female than those born with the actual DNA.
The glaring absurdity of it all is voluntarily lost on those who would rather acquiesce than defend women. But the desire to co-opt the female experience doesn’t end with appearances or even success at athletic events. Some transgender activists believe harassment and sexism legitimize their female identities. It is a dangerous game of dress-up.
According to Grace Lavery, a transgender academic, sexism is proof of life: “There is something about being treated like s— by men that feels like affirmation itself, like a cry of delight from the deepest cavern of my breast. … To be the victim of honest, undisguised sexism possesses an exhilarating vitality.” Of sexual objectification, Jacob Tobia, author of Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story, said, “Women around the world have been treated as sexual objects. Yet if sexual objectification is so categorically awful, then why do I want it so badly?”
Similar to the gender identity they espouse and support, these ideas are superficial reflections of what it means to be female. But this is the extent of femininity as defined by the transgender movement. Desiring to be female is only equal to looking and being treated like one. Males who want to be females may crave mistreatment because it somehow supports their identities. They may relish the idea of harassment because it reinforces their personas. They may enjoy a sexist remark as it validates their internal dialogue, never mind that women have fought against these very things for decades. We live in the #MeToo era in which predators such Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein receive just vilification. There is simply no room to ease up on condemning predatory behavior, especially not to justify identities.
It is a chief problem with conferring “female” on to those who will never actually be one. There is far more to being a woman than cosmetic manipulation. But this is what females have been reduced to by a crowd that grows louder every day. Beyond diminishing the life experiences and worth of adult females, it provides children with a disastrous education. According to this mindset, boys should take their rightful place as abusers and harassers. Opposite them are girls who should accept whatever behavior comes their way. After centuries of progress, they tell us this is all it means to be a female.
Rebranding and repackaging sexism as modern tolerance places women at a disadvantage. Men can encroach upon our sacred field, and females get told to recognize and accept it. The desire alone to be a female allows one to receive the designation. From the president down to loud online activists, previously untouchable definitions are changing. And none of it helps those who have been the true gender minority all along. The erasure of women by way of transgender activism is slowly creeping into the sports world and beyond. The attempts to be authentic females are based on stereotypes and what women should want from men. These concepts are skewed because they are designed and promulgated by biological males themselves.
Ironically, years of defending the right to be female and working to gain protections have not afforded women long-term security. The current, growing onslaught is from female-identifying males and their supporters. If the trend continues, it will only grow more difficult for biological females to defend themselves. But in the eyes of these militant activists, females should do what they’re designed to do and just take it. After all, that’s what it means to be female.