At Turning Point USA's AmFest event held last weekend in Phoenix, RedState’s managing editor, Jennifer Van Laar, had the privilege of sitting on the main stage alongside other powerful conservative women to discuss the transgender community and the rights of women. Libby Emmons of the Post-Millennial and podcaster Lauren Chen joined Van Laar in a conversation that more women should engage in publicly.
“Somehow we have arrived at an era in which the most controversial question you can ask is what is a woman,” Chen said, starting the discussion. The conversation then moved to other topics, such as the misogyny inherent in transgender activism, which includes the stereotyping of items such as clothing and toys to determine what is the “authentic” gender of a child. A girl’s fascination with the color pink is a social construct that needs to be tossed aside as barbaric sexism. However, a boy being a fan of pink toys could indicate that he may actually be a girl, so he can be encouraged.
Which lane are we in, folks?
The panel enthralled the audience with a rousing discussion, during which Lauren Chen suggested “non-binary” males such as Sam Brinton are only looking for ways to make themselves stand out in a world in which straight, white males are considered to be the ultimate cultural adversaries. “The trans movement is just a way for, let's just say it, white males to qualify for the diversity quota.”
The audience was in full agreement, and Van Laar added that we need to act with empathy for those who genuinely struggle with body-image issues; however, that doesn't mean that we should deny reality. She also stated that she finds it a positive sign that gay people are fighting for sanity on the issue.
Van Laar did find herself in a mildly tense situation when she referred to Caitlyn Jenner as “she.” The audience was heard groaning, and a co-panelist encouraged Van Laar to use “he.” Van Laar explained why she chose to use the feminine pronoun as she and Jenner have mutual friends. Van Laar reiterated her plea for compassion during the conversation but also emphasized that compassion does not mean that you have to sign up with the transgender movement.
“I (have) mutual friends with Caitlyn/Bruce Jenner and I'm going to be respectful of that; while I have compassion, that does not mean that I am accepting anything about the trans movement.”
When the conversation turned to the requirement to speak in specific terms, Emmons noted that the trans-related ideology doesn't deliver on its promises. She said that one can do whatever one desires—cut off any physical parts or undergo any kind of cosmetic surgery. However, these actions cannot alter anyone enough to be a different sex.
“There is no way to change you into the opposite sex, and the medical industry is lying when they say that they can do this.”
The panel had an open and candid discussion about the effects of trans-related movements on women's rights and safety. This is a discussion that must be repeated frequently and openly.
Be sure to check out the video from the last day of AmFest, which starts with Van Laar's amazing panel. It's worth a few minutes to watch. It's likely to be a rousing experience for some, just as it was for the audience who attended the conference.