By Peter Parisi*
As March and Women’s History Month draw to a close, it’s worth taking a moment to ponder a rhetorical question posed earlier this month by the website SelfRelianceCentral.com: “Why Do Democrats Despise Women?”
That’s not political hyperbole. It’s a serious—and legitimate—question.
How else can one explain why elected Democrats nearly unanimously oppose efforts at the state level to prohibit gender-confused biological boys and men who “identify” as girls and women from competing in interscholastic and other athletic events against biological females?
Forget climate change. These Democrats are the true science deniers—deniers of biological reality, genetics, XX/XY chromosome science—and they apparently have no qualms about transgender “women” (aka biological males) hijacking girls’ and women’s athletics and beating them at their own games.
If girls and women have to be deprived of athletic accolades and awards—trophies, prize money and scholarships—to advance the transgender agenda, so be it, they seem to be saying. The website WashingtonStand.com on March 27 updated its ongoing tally, reporting that “there have been over 30 separate girls’ and women’s sports titles that have been won by biological males (or have included biological men as part of a winning women’s team) in the last 19 years, with the trend accelerating exponentially in the past three years.”
So, where’s the outrage—particularly among Democratic women, in and out of Congress—about this disgraceful commandeering of girls and women’s athletics by faux females?
There isn’t any, as far as we can tell. To the contrary, Democratic Pennsylvania state Rep. La’Tasha Mayes unsuccessfully sought to pressure the University of Pittsburgh to cancel a March 27 speaking appearance by Riley Gaines at the school. Invited by the campus chapter of Turning Point USA, Ms. Gaines—a 12-time NCAA All-American swimmer who lost races to trans swimmer Lia (aka William) Thomas—has been highly critical of intersex athletic interlopers.
In that same vein, why won’t elected Democratic women speak out against those same trans “women” invading girls’ and women’s private spaces, from restrooms to locker rooms? If you’re female and you object to sharing those intimate facilities with “women” splaying male genitalia, you—not they—are the problem.
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, which was intended to level the athletic playing field for girls and women. Title IX, however, has apparently been swept into the dustbin of history with Democrats’ silent acquiescence.
To add insult to injury, the Biden administration is seeking to amend Title IX through administrative rulemaking to have it prohibit not only discrimination on the basis of sex, but also on the basis of gender identity. That would be an end run around Congress, which is highly unlikely to agree to that change, and it’s certain to face legal challenges.
Democrats’ silence was also deafening when the White House on March 8 hosted an International Women’s Day event that honored a “group of 11 extraordinary women from around the world who are working to build a brighter future for all.” One of the 11 honorees was a biological male.
But perhaps the most appalling example of all came a year ago last week, on March 22, 2022, at federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Senate confirmation hearing, when Biden’s Supreme Court justice-to-be couldn’t or wouldn’t answer Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s basic biology question: “Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman’?” To which Ms. Jackson responded, “I can’t. … I’m not a biologist.”
None of the 16 Democratic women in the Senate criticized Ms. Jackson’s answer, much less voted against her elevation to the Supreme Court, where cases involving these issues will surely be argued, likely sooner rather than later.
“Silence is assent,” the left used to tell us in other protest contexts. Hence, Democrats’ failure to object to any of this is effectively assenting to the fraudulent construct of transgender “women” (an estimated .003% of the population) with its concomitant dissing of real females (51% of the population).
That’s the price of the transgender cultural revolution that radical leftist Democrats—apparently including self-loathing biological women, perhaps suffering from a bizarre form of Stockholm syndrome—are fighting at every turn to impose.
It all serves to underscore what a difference a decade makes. Remember when, after the GOP won control of Congress in the 2010 midterm elections, Democrats began accusing Republicans of waging a “war on women” because of pro-life legislation they were proposing?
By contrast, what the Democrats are doing now constitutes a real war on women. If it weren’t for squeamish country club Republicans with an aversion to social issues and their overpaid, underachieving campaign consultants who seem to think marginal tax rates are the be all and end all of campaign issues, Democrats could be made to pay a steep price at the polls for despising women.
*Peter serves as Copy Editor for The Daily Signal.