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The Atlantic and Refinery29 hosted a panel discussion entitled “Young Women Rising: America’s Next Top Voter?” during the Democratic National Convention, Tuesday evening. Following a 30-minute conversation on “intersectionality” and millennial feminism, a reporter asked the panel for its thoughts on reproductive rights and women’s health issues for men who ascribe to a female gender identity. Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor at-large, said the issue of men who identify as women getting abortions is all about “elevated consciousness.”
I think by “elevated consciousness” she means “stultified intellect.”
When asked if trans women are “being denied their reproductive rights” Pressley was stumped.
“You got me on that one.”
Alex Wagner, a senior editor for the Atlantic who moderated the discussion, then deflected the conversation.
“Reproductive rights affect men and women, right?” she said. “Making a baby naturally takes two things. That’s just what I hear.”
Alex may have just cost herself a career. I mean, what a bigot.
I guess her defense is her qualifying sentence. She has heard others say that it takes “two things” (presumably an actual male and actual female) to make a baby. SHE doesn’t believe that, of course…she’s “just” heard that from transphobes. Nothing to do with biology. Or, better, “biology.”
Thanks @jamielockett in the comments for reminding me of this classic.