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"What Is A Woman" Is a Feature-Length Exploration of Conservative Ignorance and Prejudice [View all]

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A thorough debunking of the new transphobic documentary that is supposedly "impossible to debunk":

“What Is A Woman” Is a Feature-Length Exploration of Conservative Ignorance and Prejudice ❧...
If you want to avoid having to think, and want to have your most cruel, mindless prejudices treated as “common sense,” join the right.
9:10 AM · Jun 15, 2022


Content warning: quotations of vicious transphobic bullshit

Conservative commentator Matt Walsh believes that leftists have avoided reviewing his new documentary What is a Woman? because they cannot deal with the awesome power of his arguments. “The Left is terrified of the film. It’s that simple. If they thought they could debunk it they would. … [They can’t debunk it so] they cower and hope it goes away. It won’t.” Awards Daily, which covers the film industry, has concluded that “no prominent film critic has either the freedom or the courage to cover this.” The National Review, too, says that “Most critics have refused to review What Is a Woman? because of the stance Walsh takes.” As is often the case with conservative works, the documentary is billed as presenting The Forbidden Knowledge That Politically Correct Types Refuse To Discuss, and is billed as “the documentary they don’t want you to see” posing “the question you’re not allowed to ask.”

Walsh’s documentary, a feature-length attack on transgender people that accuses them of being delusional about reality and posing a threat to women and children, has been praised by those who sympathize with his viewpoint. Nina Power of Compact magazine (whose previous work includes “Why We Need The Patriarchy”) calls it a “searing and unforgettable indictment of today’s gender ideology that should rouse action across the political spectrum.” City Journal compared Walsh with Ralph Nader for his formidable trenchancy as a social critic and said that “once in a while, a book or movie comes along that jolts American society and sparks a demand for social reform. … Will [What Is a Woman?] one day be remembered as the moment when the tide began to turn on transgenderism?”

I have long believed that it’s unwise for those of us on the left to ignore right-wing arguments, or attempt to censor them. Doing so lends credence to the other side’s claim that we have no effective response and are trying to suppress the truth because we are snowflakes who cannot handle the Facts. The tendency of liberal and left-leaning publications to avoid reviewing right-wing books and films is quite real, and in my own view ill-advised. While there are understandable hesitations to “platform” or “give oxygen to” bigoted arguments, or to enter into an academic debate with those who dehumanize trans people or people of color, in my own view there should be clear and persuasive refutations of the right’s propaganda readily available.1 This will at the very least discredit the claim that the inability to respond is behind the decision of most critics to ignore a given piece of work.

I realize that I am somewhat “taking the bait” by debunking the film in response to Walsh’s taunt about nobody being willing to debunk the film. Recognizing this, however, let me lay out for those (like Matt Taibbi) who think the film is something other than bigoted, ignorant trash precisely why it is bigoted, ignorant trash.


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