Where Are All the Feminists?

In case you missed it, the false prophets of feminism have their panties in a collective wad. Again.

In summary, Jourdan Rodrigue, a reporter for the Charlotte Observer, asked Cam Newton a very specific question about his receiver’s ability to run routes, revealing an arresting knowledge of football. Cam smiled and said it was funny to hear a female talking about routes because, let’s be honest, women generally do not talk with such specificity about football. Yeah. Yeah, I know Rodrigue is a sports journalist and it’s her job, but Cam Newton’s comment, punctuated by a smile, was neither offensive nor sexist and it certainly was not disparaging. Dare I suggest Jourdan Rodrigue, et al. over-reacted?

The backlash suffered by Cam Newton as a result of this benign twenty-two second exchange is staggering. Feminists and left-leaning journalists took to twitter like flies to fly paper; the AP Sports Editors agreed “wholeheartedly that Mr. Newton’s response was out of line” and demanded a formal apology;  Dannon Yogurt severed ties with him and he has drawn rebuke from the Association for for Women in Sports Media.

Could Cam Newton have employed a better choice of words? Sure. But the way I see it, this was a guy taken aback and perhaps even a little impressed by a female reporter and definitely not great at expressing it. Period. Nothing else here. Move along.

What I don’t understand is why his comment ignited such a firestorm of feminist manufactured outrage when there are plenty of legitimate lightening rods to go around.

Take for example, the controversy surrounding Fallon Fox. If you really want something to sink your feminist fangs into, Fallon Fox is the way to go.  Fox is the first transgender (male to female) mixed martial arts fighter in the history of women’s MMA. In 2014 she fought Tamikka Brents in her second cage fight and after a two-minute beat-down, the match was stopped. Fox won by a TKO and her brutally battered opponent was rushed to the hospital with a concussion, fractured orbital lobe and wounds so severe to her face and skull that surgical staples were required to bind them. Here’s what Tamikka Brents had to say after the bout.

“I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right,” she stated. “Her grip was different, I could usually move around in the clinch against other females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch…

“I still disagree with Fox fighting,” Brents stated. “Any other job or career I say have a go at it, but when it comes to a combat sport I think it just isn’t fair. At least not until we have more scientific proof that it is or isn’t fair. More research is needed for sure. Like I said, I am not a doctor, I can only say my opinion and I don’t believe that she should be allowed to fight other women. If it were strictly BJJ or wrestling or something like that sure, but MMA is a completely different sport.”

And here’s what UFC women’s bantam weight champion, Ronda Rousey, had to say about Fallon Fox in the ring with women.

“She can try hormones, chop her pecker off, but it’s still the same bone structure a man has. It’s an advantage. I don’t think it’s fair.”

As Ms. Rousey so aptly explains, one does not need a medical degree to know men are bigger and stronger and faster than women. It is a fact. It is science. It’s why, since the beginning of time, men have not been allowed to hit women. Ever. I sincerely feel nothing but compassion for transgender people. God knows, nobody chooses that lot in life – to be trapped in the wrong body – but allowing Fallon Fox, fully transitioned or not, to fight against biological females is anything but fair and equal treatment of women. So I have to ask, where are all the feminists?

An essential fact of life is that men and women are different. Our chromosomes, hormones and bodies are different. Hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery, breast augmentation, facial feminization surgery and permanent hair removal are all procedures that reshape appearance and anatomy, but nothing… NOTHING… alters a person’s biology and the to suggest that it does is not only ludicrous, it is unscientific. The fact that people born male will always be biologically different from people born female should not be perceived as offensive, bigoted and hateful, but somehow it has come to that and women…biological women…are suffering the consequences. So I have to ask, where are all the feminists?

Transgender people fight for equality, respect and fair treatment everyday of their lives. They are discriminated against and oppressed and misunderstood and hated and that is heinous and tragic. In 2015, when Caitlyn Jenner received ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award, she made a poignant speech about trans athletes being able to compete as their true selves, but what about when the scales tip so far in the other direction that it violates the true spirit of fair competition? What then? Are biological women not entitled to compete as their true and authentic selves…on level playing fields or is respect, fairness and equality reserved only for the marginalized? So I have to ask, where are all the feminists?

Less than twenty years ago, if a man hit a woman so hard he sent her to the hospital, he’d end up in jail. In today’s society he gets paid for it. You’ve come a long way baby.

 

 

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