March 8th was observed at the United Nations and around the world as International Women’s Day. Everywhere, there were rallies, demonstrations, speeches, and special events in support of the human rights of women and girls.
For much of human history, the word “women” had a fixed biologically based meaning. But not anymore.
Transgender activists have created a novel definition of “women” to include biologically born males who self-identify as “women.” They have managed to move this definition from the fringe to the politically correct mainstream, including in schools, the media, Hollywood, progressive governments, and “woke” corporations. As a result, the observance of International Women’s Day has been misdirected in a key respect.
Indeed, “Trans women are women” has become a rallying cry in progressive circles. None other than Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted these words during his own celebration of International Women’s Day.
So did Democratic Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, who said in a tweet, “On this International Women’s Day I want to make it clear that trans women are women.”
Democratic Representative Cori Bush of Missouri, a leading member of the progressive Squad, tweeted: “Wishing a happy International Women’s Day to all women – cis, trans, femme, and non-binary folks celebrating today.”
A message from the women of the Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus on International Women’s Day said: “We must lift up Black women, Indigenous Women, immigrant and refugee women, women with disabilities, women of color, queer women, trans women.”
The Biden administration did not limit itself to just giving rhetorical support to trans “women.” First Lady Jill Biden and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken gave a Women of Courage award on International Women’s Day to a biological Argentinian male, Alba Rueda, who identifies as a transgender “woman.”
The press release issued by the Department of State announcing the Women of Courage awards, including the one given to Alba Rueda, revealed something very curious about this Argentinian man who identifies as a “woman.” Back home in Argentina, Rueda campaigned “to change the name of the National Women’s Conference to the ‘Plurinational Conference of Women and Lesbian, Cross-Dresser, Transgender, Bisexual, Intersex and Non-Binary Persons.’”
In other words, Alba Rueda was perfectly happy to be one of the “women of courage” honored by the Biden administration on International Women’s Day. But this same transgender person advocated that the title of a conference in Argentina, which referred only to women, be changed to a more expansive title that would recognize “Transgender” and “Women” as separate classifications of people.
Remember what Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson said during her Senate confirmation hearing last year when she was asked to define a “woman”? Instead of giving a direct answer, she declared, “I’m not a biologist.”
Like her fellow leftists on the Supreme Court, Justice Jackson will almost certainly vote to strike down bans on boys who are transgendered from competing in girls’ sports, if such a case comes before the Court. As Justice Jackson said, she is not a biologist. So why should she pay attention to science for guidance when she has gender fluidity ideology to guide her?
Twelve-time NCAA All-American swimmer Riley Gaines had some advice for those who ignore the biological differences between men and women, which affect their comparative physical anatomies and abilities. “If you believe in science, you know there is man and woman,” Ms. Gaines said. “To deny that is to deny science, it’s to deny logic, it’s to deny reason and, quite frankly, common sense.”
Beyond the obvious biological differences in reproductive anatomy between the sexes, scientific studies have established there is biological differentiation between the sexes in brain anatomy, as well as in physiological anatomy, which human beings innately share with other mammals.
In 2022, FINA, the international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee for administering international competitions in Aquatics, convened various groups of experts to help it determine eligibility criteria for participating in aquatic sport competitions.
The Science Group “was comprised of independent experts in the fields of physiology, endocrinology, and human performance, including specialists in sex differences in human performance and in transgender medicine,” according to FINA. “The Science Group reported that biological sex is a key determinant of athletic performance, with males outperforming females in sports (including Aquatics sports) that are primarily determined by neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory function, and anthropometrics including body and limb size.”
A 2022 article in Nature summed up the scientifically based distinction between sex and gender this way:
“Sex refers to biological attributes that distinguish organisms as male, female, intersex and hermaphrodite. Gender is a social construct, encompassing various psychological and social characteristics that collectively define individuals as men, women, non-binary or trans.”
Transgender activists and their left-wing supporters are science-deniers. They want to obliterate the biological distinctions between the sexes, normalize the use of Orwellian redefinitions of “man” and “woman,” and highjack policies originally meant to create a fair playing field for biologically born women athletes.
Men identifying as women have even managed to emerge among those celebrated on International Women’s Day. All in the name of the transgender ideology’s notions of “inclusivity” and “non-discrimination.”