I while back I heard a story on a local radio station that sound odd to me. I have changed the names and other details, but here is a summary of the story:
John Smith just won’t let it go.
The male activist outed by his parents for passing himself off as female is making the rounds with news that he is living on food stamps, a month away from homelessness, can’t find a job and, perhaps most shockingly, has legally changed his name to Joan Smith.
**Who Gets To Be Female? **
For his part, Smith is doubling down on his insistence that he is “transgender” — “I feel that I was born with the essential essence of who I am, whether it matches my anatomy or not . . .” Smith said earlier this week. ". . . maleness has always felt foreign to me, for as long as I can remember. I didn’t choose to feel this way or be this way, I just am. What other choice is there than to be exactly who we are?"
. . . a tidal wave of condemnation, costing Smith his various jobs, further fraying his relationship with his family, opening him up to seemingly endless and brutal mockery, and leading to social, political and financial isolation that’s left him virtually penniless and unable, he claims, to secure work outside of offers to do reality television or porn.
. . . it is the ultimate in male privilege, really, for a man to see the diamond of women’s struggles, all shiny and hard and unbreakable, and pluck it for his own, like it’s a gift from Tiffany’s, with seemingly zero regard for the pressure, the heat, the pain it went through — that we went through — to earn that shine.
Is this story an example of bigotry?