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Chicago Sun-Times Piece Insists "Laverne Cox Is Not A Woman"

The Chicago Sun-Times has left the mouths of most Americans aghast with an editorial published in the paper over the weekend. In the piece, titled "Laverne Cox Is Not A Woman," Kevin D. Williamson attacks the transgender community as a whole (and Laverne in specific) using Time's recent cover as a launching point. 

Williamson writes:

Regardless of the question of whether he has had his genitals amputated, Cox is not a woman, but an effigy of a woman. Sex is a biological reality, and it is not subordinate to subjective impressions, no matter how intense those impressions are, how sincerely they are held, or how painful they make facing the biological facts of life. No hormone injection or surgical mutilation is sufficient to change that.

Genital amputation and mutilation is the extreme expression of the phenomenon, but it is hardly outside the mainstream of contemporary medical practice. The trans self-conception, if the autobiographical literature is any guide, is partly a feeling that one should be living one’s life as a member of the opposite sex and partly a delusion that one is in fact a member of the opposite sex at some level of reality that transcends the biological facts in question. There are many possible therapeutic responses to that condition, but the offer to amputate healthy organs in the service of a delusional tendency is the moral equivalent of meeting a man who believes he is Jesus and inquiring as to whether his insurance plan covers crucifixion.


As a matter of government, I have little or no desire to police how Cox or any other man or woman conducts his or her personal life. But having a culture organized around the elevation of unreality over reality in the service of Eros, who is a sometimes savage god, is not only irrational but antirational. Cox’s situation gave him an intensely unhappy childhood and led to an eventual suicide attempt, and his story demands our sympathy; times being what they are, we might even offer our indulgence. But neither of those should be allowed to overwhelm the facts, which are not subject to our feelings, however sincere or well intended.

Rather defiantly bigoted, don't you think Instincters?


This guy is clearly an atheist, so it is not surprising that he feels this way. He only sees biological facts. It is ironic that people who believe in God actually have the ability to be more understanding and accepting on this issue (though that is often not the case). This man is being blinded by his 'rationality.' What a cold hard world he lives in. It's not my world, and he certainly can't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it is the real world. Consider his statement, " Sex is a biological reality, and it is not subordinate to subjective impressions, no matter how intense those impressions are, how sincerely they are held, or how painful they make facing the biological facts of life." Really? Being an atheist does not give you a right to hurt other human beings any more than 'doing God's work' gives you the right to tell people they're going to hell for being part of the LGBT community. What an insensitive man, it's really a shame. Don't be too mad at him, unless he never gets sick or injured he will one day have to deal with "facing the biological facts of life" in one way or another. On that day, he will be forced to consider his words, and hopefully he will change his mind. Peace.

I thinks trans people already know on a biological and molecular level they will never truly be the man or woman they are wanting to be. I think they already know this and pointing it out this way is only a way of further bullying and badgering them.

The point of being trans, and taking hormones, and having a surgery or any surgeries is not to exclusevily become a male or female on every biological level, we ALL know that is impossible.

They do it to match as closely as they can on the outside to what they FEEL EMOTIONALLY on the inside.

It is about emotion and how someone views themselves and connects to the world.  It has little to do with science, biology, chemistry, etc.........

I am sorry, but the "doctor" who wrote this article was thinking way outside the box......way too analytical.  Trans people don't do what they do because they think all braniac, it comes from their hearts and souls, not some biological scientifically formula.

this article was cold and heartless.

I am pretty sure they are aware that their core biology and dna make up of their bodies would read male or female, and I am pretty sure they don't care as long as their outside match what they feel inside.

i hole heartily agree that on a genetic level he is a man and no amount of hormone replacement therapy or turned in dick is going 2 change that fact because 2 be a woman is 2 have the ability 2 bare life and perpetuate the species how ever that being said  as a person with free will it is his wright 2 live his life the way he see's fit and if that means turning himself in 2 a mock female then that is his prerogative as long as he tell any 1 he get's involved with that he was 1s a man and cannot bare them children i see no reason why people like him should not be able 2 live a full and productive life. the problem rises when you have people like that woman from the USA that claims 2 be a man and yet can still have kids and is sead 2 be the first man 2 have ever given birth 

These freaks are truly ridden with mental illness and should be put down like dogs!

Sex as a biological fact has no bearing on gender identity. The "typical" male behaviors associated with a 46 XY genotype and male genitalia are ages-old social constructs that represent no biological fact, but merely a set of principles that have carried through Western society for generations and maybe, MAYBE, have some evolutionary behavioral background dating back to the ancestors of Homo sapiens. While I don't think people should feel obligated to alter their bodies in order to be the people they want to be, nobody - trans, cis or otherwise - has any business telling others that their biology requires them to fulfill certain cultural roles, and nobody has any business telling others what to do with their bodies. I look forward to a period of human history when the majority of us don't think in dichotomous terms of "man=penis, woman=vagina", but for the time being Laverne Cox and other #girlslikeher are hurting nobody, and she is healthy and happy, so fuck off. There is a difference between having a 46 XX genotype and being a woman. There is a difference between biological fact (i. e. the actual geno/phenotypic profiles of individuals - and there are far more than just two) and imposing YOUR gender norms on others.

Interesting take. So if it is the genetics that make one male or female, what about those "males" who have complete androgen insensitivity syndrome. They have the male 46 XY genotype, but have female external genitalia and many don't know they are not genetically female until they reach puberty. Are they then considered male, even though they are phenotypically female?

Just a thought.

I agree with the Dr. Nothing against The Trans Community or Mz. COX! Wonder how Carmen Carrera feels about this one!, lol

His opinion isn't unfounded and it does not slander Laverne Cox. There are people out there who feel this way about the trand community. I honestly don't understand transgender issues, or transgenderisms. But I fully support thosr that are transgender. I think we all have an image in our heads of who we are. They have made that image a reality, and are able to say I see myself as this. Who ever that may be. I think we have opportunities in life to raise people up and give them the chance to feel better about who they are. I think Laverne Cox is a beautiful person, who went after her dreams. And is living Her definition of happiness.

Great well-thought out response. Laverne's DNA is unchanged. In that sense, the writer is correct. But you are correct in saying...who cares?  If Laverne says she's a woman, is happiest being a woman, and can fulfill her destiny most effectively being a woman, what's the problem with honoring her as a woman?  I don't agree with the reference to Eros - that's mixing up sex with gender, and they're 2 different things. 

Because he is not a woman.  I can definitely honor her as a transgender.  I have heard that when transgenders DO have surgery to become women, they realize the changes and differences that accompany womanhood.

Thank u Ken! Nice to see intelligence and openness.

IGNORANCE AT IT'S FINEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She should sue for defamation.

The truth that this guy is ignorant of sociology, biology and has no humanity? The truth that he doesn't get the realty even of birth sex and intersex people, let alone the sex gender divide? Our his total ignorance of history?

Finally someone speaks the truth

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