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Last week video from a fiery Senate hearing went viral which featured GOP Senator Josh Hawley squaring off against Berkeley law Professor Khiara Bridges over our latest culture war soccer ball, whether men can become pregnant. It is worth watching, and breaking down, because it perfectly captures the definitional stalemate we find ourselves in regarding gender and biological sex.
Hawley asked the witness if the term, “people with a capacity for pregnancy,” meant “women.” Bridges answered by laying out her position that some non-trans women do not have the capacity for pregnancy, and that some trans men do. But it is what happened next that is not only telling, but also chilling.
With a nervous and condescending laugh, Bridges interrupted the line of questioning to say to Hawley, “I want to recognize that your line of questioning is trans phobic. And it opens up trans people to violence by not recognizing them.” She pointed out high suicide rates for trans people and asked Hawley if he believes men can get pregnant, to which Hawley, echoing the views of most Americans, said “no.”