Friday, November 27, 2015

Dry leftovers: Eric Metaxas is on a roll

Eric Metaxas
I wrote about Eric Metaxas on Wednesday. I was somewhat surprised that he considered Focus on the Family flack, Glenn Stanton, to be an expert on sexuality. He then confused sexual orientation with sexual identity. Friday, the fundamentalist Christian Mr. Metaxas is confusing transphobia with misogyny. Mr. Metaxas seems terribly, and routinely, confused.

Metaxas' latest head scratcher, offered at the Christian Post (and elsewhere), is titled “Students Protest Feminist Icon Who Said a Man Can't Be a Woman.” It begins:
A feminist icon is being called a misogynist. You know, anti-woman. Because she dares to insist that men who identify as women aren't women.
As I said, Metaxas is confusing transphobia with misogyny. At issue is Germaine Greer who authored The Female Eunuch which is an important contribution to the feminist movement. In 2009 Greer wrote an article about Caster Semenya for the Guardian. It includes the following paragraph:
Nowadays we are all likely to meet people who think they are women, have women's names, and feminine clothes and lots of eyeshadow, who seem to us to be some kind of ghastly parody, though it isn't polite to say so. We pretend that all the people passing for female really are. Other delusions may be challenged, but not a man's delusion that he is female.
Even in the context of athletic competition the paragraph is unacceptable. Perhaps over the last six years, Ms. Greer has learned more about transgender people. Perhaps she has not. I do not know.

Metaxas' point is that Greer's feminism;
… wasn't enough to prevent her from being black-listed on a British college campus. Greer was scheduled to speak at Cardiff University in mid-November. Not anymore. A petition signed by 3,000 people called for the cancellation of her talk on "Women & Power: Lessons From the 20th Century.
What Metaxas is positing is that a feminist deserves a pass for her transphobia. Exactly why remains unexplained by Mr. Metaxas. He continues:
Cardiff University stood by its invitation, saying that “Our events include speakers with a range of views, all of which are rigorously challenged and debated.”

But Greer withdrew, telling the BBC “I'm getting a bit old for this … I don't want to go down there and be screamed at and have things thrown at me.”

Not to mention being absurdly labeled a “misogynist.”
Except that no one has called Ms. Greer a “misogynist.” At least no one that he identifies in his polemic. Of course that fact kind of fucks up the vigor of Metaxas' story of victimization for political correctness. But then – but then – Metaxas goes off on an even more bizarre tangent:
In a delicious bit of irony, at the same time Greer was withdrawing from her speaking engagement, Rachel Dolezal, the former head of the Spokane NAACP admitted that, while she was "born white," she "identifies as black."

When the story about Dolezal broke, some people drew what should have been an obvious parallel to the Bruce Jenner story: both were people whose self-identification did not square with their personal history.

Let's just say that the transgender movement didn't appreciate the comparison.
I don't get the irony — delicious or otherwise. People who made that comparison were trying to denigrate both Ms. Jenner and Ms. Dolezal. The two have nothing in common. I concede that I overdid the porto last night. I have no idea what the Dolezal story has to do with a feminist withdrawing from a university speech because of a controversy over her transphobia. Where are these dots connected? Anyone?

Metaxas' agenda is to devalue transgender citizens. That is ultimately what this is all about. I am not sure that he has even done that.

Note: I have provided a link to the original post (which will open in a new tab or window). The link comes with this warning.

I can no longer visit the Christian Post using Firefox without compromising my privacy. With my settings I end up with a dark overlay that I cannot escape from.  If I bypass my proxy (which I generally won't do) there is just too much embedded crap, overlays, pop-ups and unsolicited video for me to deal with. Moreover, the pages refresh every minute or so bringing on a whole new torrent of unwanted content and cookies. Why would I want a pop-up and cookies from Gamerz? Christian Post does not respect its site visitors.

My solution, by the way, is to use a little Linux utility to dump the URL to a text file which perfectly formats the paragraph separations

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