The idea that Jenner is taking a stand and refusing to bow to social norms is ridiculous. This isn’t David standing up to Goliath. The entire Establishment–the entertainment world, the mainstream media, corporate America, academia–is behind him. It’s the small mom-and-pop bakeries, the ordinary middle Americans who dare to object to a deviation from the heterosexual norm, who are being browbeaten into accepting social mores they don’t agree with.
Vercingetorix, leader of Gaulish confederation that was laid low by Julius Caesar, was kept in a Roman dungeon in solitary confinement for several years before being force-marched, in chains, through the streets of the city in a triumph. His fingernails were yellow and curled, his shoes frayed and falling apart. When he dropped to a knee in exhaustion, he was whipped, kicked, and ordered to shamble on. Spectators hurled rotten fruit, manure, and insults at him. His spirit utterly broken, he was finally lowered into a pit and ritually strangled.
The Jenner spectacle isn’t the battle of Alesia, it’s the triumph of the Caesarian victors and the subsequent mopping up of the defeated resistance. Jenner’s cause may or may not be noble, but the idea that he is standing up for the little guy against impossible odds is laughable. All the organs of power support him, and they are sure to eviscerate anyone of even minor note who takes issue with his decision and the publicity he’s garnered in the process. This is an enormous boon for him personally–his new twitter account set new records in rates of followers, he is being splashed all over media, and he’s going to be the focus of an upcoming ‘docu-series’ (whatever the hell that is). Not bad for a guy who thought he’d hit his high mark four decades ago. Jack Cashill joked that he is the first open Republican to be on the cover of Vanity Fair in a long time.
All that said, the most interesting aspect of Jenner affair is what it sets up–an interesting intersection between America’s obsession with sports and the emerging unquestionable right for people to pick their own genders.
Looking at Jenner’s Wikipedia page, the pronouns have all been changed from “him” and “he” to “her” and “she”, yet his sports accomplishments are still listed as being in Men’s Athletics.
See where I’m going with this? Because of Title IX, universities have to dole out a lot more money on women’s athletics than they’d like to, and scholarships naturally accompany that. Well, if you’re a pretty good high school basketball player who isn’t quite good enough to get a scholarship on a men’s NCAA tournament team, here’s another way to get college paid for–identify as a female and go earn a full ride by being the star player on the women’s side. Or go win an Olympic gold medal playing for the women’s soccer team, or start collecting the prize purses at women’s UFC tournaments on the weekends.
This isn’t idle trolling. It’s already happening. Familiarize yourself with the story of Fallon Fox if you haven’t already done so. Whatever gender is, sex is most emphatically NOT a social construction, it’s a biological one.
What happens when the next Jenner comes along at, say, the 2016 Olympics? Granting for the sake of argument that what he identifies as now is what he has always felt himself to be, this next Jenner decides to compete in women’s track competitions. He wins golds in everything he competes in, and sets several world records (for women) in the process. This new Jenner single-handedly has the capacity to destroy women’s sports as the world knows it, at least in the parts of the world where World War T has been won. There is, of course, no reason that he’d be acting alone in this regard. Lots of biological men newly minted as women would flock after him, and the Ladybugs phenomenon would come to dominate everything.
How do, um, ‘traditional’ female athletes and their supporters combat this? Not in the way Tamikka Brents did in her fight against Fallon:
During Fox’s fight against Tamikka Brents, Brents suffered a concussion, an orbital bone fracture, and seven staples to the head. After her loss, Brents took to social media to fuel the controversy surrounding Fox’s unfair advantage. She stated that “I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right,” she stated. “Her grip was different, I could usually move around in the clinch against other females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch.”
This is where opportunity presents itself. Here is the ‘teachable moment’. This is where human biodiversity, or anti-egalitarianism, or whatever you want to package the perspective that individuals–and by extension, groups of individuals–vary in all sorts of attributes, traits, and characteristics as, provides an obvious answer. The most numerically significant supergroup in the Fringe Coalition–(biological) women–equip themselves with the arguments of HBD and launch a counterattack against the gender benders and their elite votaries. The carnage from such internecine fighting would be spectacular.