Weekly Reading List
May 22, 2022
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You Can't Be the Side of 'Women's Rights' If You Don't Know What a Woman Is | Colin Wright
Last week I wrote my debut op-ed in Newsweek about how in the wake of the Supreme Court’s leaked decision to potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, the Democrat Party is blowing a golden opportunity to rally their base around a classic women’s rights issue because of their committed allegiance to gender ideology.
The Left's commitment to gender ideology, which holds that being a man or woman has nothing to do with biology and everything to do with one's subjective identity, has resulted in them reframing reproductive rights—a longstanding women's issue—in dehumanizing language that seeks to denude the subject of its uniquely female, biological core. Progressives now routinely speak of "birthing bodies" and "people with uteruses" instead of "mothers" and "women" so as not to offend a hypothetical transgendered woman or man.
I argue that if the Democrats were truly serious about advocating for women’s rights, they would focus their efforts on dismantling gender ideology. While the political Right has a tumultuous track record on women’s rights, at least they know what a woman is.