Podcast Matt Walsh, The Telegraph asks “What is a woman?” | Opinion

Podcaster Matt Walsh can be rough on Twitter, known for his ruthless misrepresentation of liberals and their causes. But when he started asking strangers four-word questions a year ago, Walsh was polite and not confrontational. It was the question itself — and his insistence that there was a right answer — that stuck.

The question is “What is a woman?” It was the title and subject of a film released last week by Walsh and The Daily Wire, a conservative media company founded by Jeremy Boreing and Ben Shapiro.

In the film, Walsh, a 35-year-old father of four living in Nashville, travels the world asking questions of strangers, from women on the streets of American cities to men in Africa. He also interviewed experts, including Nashville-based gender-affirming marriage and family therapist and author and psychologist Jordan Peterson.

The Daily Telegraph called the film a documentary, although it wasn’t a National Geographic one. This is so cheeky. But Walsh wasn’t a conservative Borat either, making outlandish “parody” like Sacha Baron Cohen’s.

He’s just a funny guy who poses a serious question that he thinks will “destroy” the gender ideology “house of cards”. “Most of the people we talked to either didn’t want to talk about it, or they seemed confused about something as simple as a woman,” he told me.

Waffles included a Nashville therapist who said, “I’m not a woman, so I can’t really answer that,” a group of women laughed and said, “That’s a dumbass,” a man on the street said, “I really do not know.”

Gynecologist and surgeon Dr Marci Bowers says female identity is “a combination of your physical characteristics, what you show the world and the gender cues you give”. Patrick Grzanka, an associate professor at the University of Tennessee, said women are “a person who identifies with women” and fired back at Walsh angrily, asking why he was asking the question.

Of course, this is an issue, not just on the street podcasts, but in the halls of Congress as well. Republican Senator Martha Blackburn of Tennessee asked Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to define a woman at Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing in March. Jackson replied that she couldn’t, “Not in this case. I’m not a biologist.”

Walsh’s critics believe there is a way to his madness. He argues that extremists in gender ideology try to nullify ideas about sex and gender that have been unquestioned for most of human history, allowing conservatives to win the culture wars. Walsh noted that he was called an “extremist” and a “dinosaur” for saying things that were widely accepted as biological facts two decades ago.

“It’s a battle we can actually win,” he told me. “When I say ‘we’, I mean rational, sane people. … You don’t have to be a conservative person to realize that men are men and women are women.”

He added, “Another question might bring the other side to their knees, ‘What is a woman?’ There’s a real weakness there, and we can win this fight and then it’s like kicking the blocks out of the block tower. You win the game. , and then you start other cultural struggles.”

Beyond that, Walsh wants to bring the issue to the fore, beyond the “conservative bubble of people listening to my podcast,” and to reach people who aren’t involved in politics and may not know what’s being taught at the forefront of gender ideology.

Some of the people Walsh interviewed in the film said gender cannot and should not be assigned by doctors at birth, and that children should be encouraged to explore different forms of gender expression without parental or social influence.

At the center of this discussion is the issue of transgender rights, on which Americans remain divided, mostly along partisan lines. According to a Pew Research Center report in February, 38% of Americans said greater acceptance of transgender people was generally good for society, 32% said it was bad, and 29% said it was neither good nor bad Bad.

Although more and more Americans say they know someone who is transgender or use gender-neutral pronouns (their/theirs instead of her/her and him/him), they remain deeply divided on pronouns. Last year, half of respondents said they were happy to use alternative pronouns when asked about it, while 48 percent said they were not. Pew said those percentages have “little changed” since 2018.

Walsh, who has called progressive gender ideology a cult, has used the pronoun divide as a neat insult, often responding to negative tweets about him by simply saying that his critics are “pronouns in biology.”

It’s unclear if Walsh’s campaign will change any minds, though it’s excellent publicity for “Johnny Walrus,” whose children’s book is about a boy who decides he’s a walrus. (Amazon lists it as a “political review and opinion” type.)

Walsh, a self-proclaimed bestselling author of children’s books and a scholar of women’s studies, may be seducing us all with this film, which may be the trailer for one of the most carefully crafted books ever written.

Then again, he might be asking questions that sparked a culture war.

So, on the subject at hand, if someone on the street came up to him with a microphone and asked Walsh, what would he say: “What is a woman?”

“An adult human female,” he said. “I’ll give a biological answer because it’s 100 percent.”

For the record, this is also what the online dictionary Merriam-Webster says.

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