Transgender actress Laverne Cox (of “Orange Is The New Black” fame) is regarded as a knowledgeable, authoritative, and definitive source on all things transgender and has been honored for “her” work many times over the last several years.
Much of the debate surrounding transgender rights has focused on the so-called “right” to use the bathroom, shower, fitting room, or locker room that corresponds to what transgender persons think their gender really is. But there’s another aspect of this issue that deserves a lot more attention than it’s getting.
Earlier this month, Cox went on an extended Twitter rant about “male privilege” as it relates to men who transition into women.
One tweet in particular should be alarming for actual women everywhere:
Is constituted differently based on the culture we live in. There's no universal experience of gender, of womanhood. To suggest that is
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) March 11, 2017
You read that right, y’all. To Laverne Cox and – via extension – his True Believers, there is no “universal experience of womanhood.” Translated, that means there’s no experience women go through that is unique to their gender. Apparently, everyone on earth can have babies, menstrual cycles, and all the other characteristics universally associated with being a female, like being the primary victims of sexual assault, rape, and spousal/partner abuse.
In short: Cultural appropriation is when somebody adopts aspects of a culture that’s not their own.
But that’s only the most basic definition.
A deeper understanding of cultural appropriation also refers to a particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group.
So we have men (the “dominant culture”) “taking elements” from women who have historically as a group been “oppressed” by this “dominant culture.” And yet we’re supposed to act like guys transitioning to girls and then appropriating their culture is okay, and then shut up and respect this in the name of tolerance, equality, and getting along?
Hypocritical Social Justice Warriors have, for years, been lecturing society about the supposed “dangers” of cultural appropriation, but only when it comes to a white person portraying an Asian character in a Hollywood movie, or sports teams whose names supposedly “denigrate” Native Americans. Yet the only “danger” in most of the cultural appropriations they complain about exists only in their own minds, whereas the dangers of allowing men who identify as women to appropriate womanhood are very real, and not just in the physical sense.
In essence, here’s what Cox did: He’s a man, one who now identifies as a woman, mansplaining to women that there is nothing “universally” unique about their experiences as females. Which must be why he wanted to become one or something.
I hope I’m not the only one who finds this line of argument to be deeply disturbing and a direct threat to women’s rights.