Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.
By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.
What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.
Today’s provocative question was inspired by this political cartoon.In case you don’t know the woman in the cartoon, she’s Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican freshman U.S. congresswoman from Georgia who is also known as the crazy QAnon lady. She is a far-right, pro-Trump whack-job who espouses some of the craziest of the crazy conspiracy theories.
Always confrontational and combative, she recently placed a sign outside her congressional office mocking Democratic Representative Marie Newman, whose office sits across the hall, after Newman hung a transgender pride flag next to her door in protest over Greene’s opposition to a LGBTQ rights bill. Greene’s sign said, “There are TWO genders: MALE & FEMALE. Trust The Science.”
My question today is about your beliefs about gender. Some people believe that gender identity is the personal sense of one’s own gender. It can correlate with a person’s assigned sex at birth or can differ from it. Others, like Marjorie Taylor Greene, believe that gender identity is exclusively tied to a person’s sex at birth. If you’re born with a penis, you are male; if not, you’re female. Period. Full stop.
So my provocative question is…
Do you believe that a person’s gender is inextricably tied to his or her sex at birth, or do you believe that a person can legitimately identify as a gender different from his or her birth gender? Why do you believe what you believe?
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