You can’t be on the side of “women’s rights” if you don’t know what a woman is.

Republicans are poised for a massive midterm red wave that could continue through the next presidential election. As the COVID panic subsides and the harsh economic reality of our response begins to sink in, 50% of respondents to a new CNN poll said “the economy” was their number one concern, and Americans don’t are not in conflict as to whom they blame; a recent Gallup poll showed that people think the Biden administration’s ‘bad leadership’ is ranked, alongside inflation and the economy, as one of the ‘most important issues[s] facing the country today.”

It is in this context that one must understand some of the recent cultural battles that the Democrats have fought – as a naked attempt to excite the base. Faced with the impossible task of convincing voters that they will be an effective solution to the country’s current economic woes, Democrats have attempted to stir up performative outrage over a range of cultural issues, particularly those related to the LGBT community.

The most successful campaign was the hyperbolic reaction to Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” bill, which called for greater curriculum transparency and banned classroom discussions of sexuality and gender identity from kindergarten. in the 3rd year.rd grade. Perhaps noting that a majority of Florida Democrats supported the bill, Democrats chose to rebrand the bill as the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill to present a grassroots bill as a form of homophobia. False allegations of Republicans attacking transgender athletes and blocking necessary medical treatment for trans-identified children have also been used as a rallying cry.

These heavily distorted narratives on relatively marginal issues have proven largely ineffective in galvanizing enthusiasm. And then a golden opportunity came in the form of a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion that looks set to overturn Roe vs. Wadea landmark decision guaranteeing a woman’s right to abortion in all 50 states.

Abortion rights, like women’s rights in general, have been a central pillar of the Democratic Party platform for decades. Few issues have the propensity to rouse Democratic supporters and rein in a growing number of disgruntled liberals who have expressed a willingness to hold their noses and vote Republican to fight the so-called “revival”.

A person is holding a transgender pride flag.
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But here’s where things get interesting: the newly awakened political correctness around trans issues is in fundamental tension with the popular liberal view on feminism that has fueled the success of women’s rights activism over the past half-century. -century. And the truth that is beginning to emerge as Democrats try to motivate their base around abortion is that they have committed themselves in recent years to such radical ideologies about sex and gender that they cannot leverage abortion as a women’s rights issue; after all, they now believe that men can get pregnant.

The left’s commitment to gender ideology, which holds that being male or female has nothing to do with biology and everything to do with one’s subjective identity, has led it to reframe reproductive rights – a long-standing female issue – in dehumanizing language that seeks to strip the subject of its uniquely female biological core. Progressives now routinely refer to “birthing bodies” and “people with wombs” instead of “mothers” and “women” so as not to offend a hypothetical transgender woman or man.

In line with gender ideology, Apple, Google, Twitter, Facebook and other platforms have introduced a “pregnant man” emoji, and online medical websites such as Healthline now claim that “it is possible for men to get pregnant and give birth to children of their own.”

In a particularly shocking example of how gender ideology has corrupted the discourse surrounding abortion as a women’s rights issue, the ACLU described the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg as “a champion of abortion and gender equality,” then included a quote of hers with the words “she,” “she,” and “woman” removed and replaced with gender-neutral terms.

It’s going to be hard to convince sensible liberal women who lean towards Republicans to wake up saying that the party that represents them on abortion is the party that thinks men can have them. This view is so fringe that it undermines what has been a mainstay of Democratic popularity for suburban women for decades.

And you see the tectonic plates of gender and women’s rights ideology collide in the discourse surrounding the leaked Supreme Court opinion. For the word “woman” is conspicuously absent from left-wing commentary on the Supreme Court leak. Indeed, an editorial of May 3 in The Washington Post covered the story in 837 words without using it once, although he managed to include the terms “pregnant people” and “pregnant people”.

Such a glaring omission by the editorial board of a major news outlet on a classic women’s rights issue can only be a conscious omission. And as those on the left continue to make these conscious omissions, they are losing their credibility as advocates for women’s rights and wasting any chance they might have had to galvanize support.

While the right has not been the best or most consistent champion of women’s rights in the past, it at least understands that a woman is a grown human woman whose oppression is based on her biological sex.

If the Democratic Party were truly serious about defending women’s rights, it would focus on dismantling the greatest threat to women’s rights today: gender ideology. No party can claim to care about, let alone defend, women’s rights when it is afraid to use the word and cannot even define it when asked.

Colin Wright is an evolutionary biologist and founding editor of Reality’s Last Stand.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.