‘What Is a Woman?’ Free Speech, and Parental Rights
“What is a woman?” That’s a question that Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) asked Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson last year during her Senate confirmation hearing. She answered, “I can’t. … I’m not a biologist.” It seems like a simple question, yet fewer people seem able to answer it than ever before.
Matt Walsh asks several people this question in his recent documentary, “What Is a Woman?” He questions the logic behind a gender ideology movement that has confused, hurt, and damaged children, adults, and families for over 30 years — and has intensified in the last five years with the push for transgenderism through schools, government, movies, social media, and books.
Last Thursday, The Daily Wire posted “What Is a Woman?” on Twitter, where it could be viewed for free for 24 hours, to mark the one-year anniversary of its release. But unfortunately, Twitter labeled the documentary as “hateful conduct” and restricted its visibility. Twitter said there were two instances of “misgendering”: a father referring to his own daughter with feminine pronouns, and a storeowner referring to a city councilman who also claimed to be a woman with a masculine pronoun.
Yet Elon Musk bought Twitter in October, promising a new era of true free speech on the platform. So a few hours before “What Is a Woman?” was released, he insisted that Twitter’s labeling it as “hateful conduct” had been a mistake. Early Friday, Twitter’s tag restricting the visibility of “What Is a Woman?” was removed, allowing Twitter users to like and retweet the documentary, and Musk himself tweeted to his 140 million followers, “Every parent should watch this.”
Two Twitter senior executives working on content and safety issues are no longer at the company after the internal attempts to stop “What Is A Woman?” from being streamed. Thankfully, free speech has been protected and, as a result of the controversy, there have been 110 million views and a 120,000 retweets as of Saturday morning.
As Family Research Council President Tony Perkins pointed out on “Washington Watch,” our country seems to have reached a tipping point: transgenderism has gone too far and has hurt too many children and families. And it’s not just public policy in Washington, D.C. that seems far away to some Americans. When companies like Bud Light push transgenderism in its advertising, and Target openly displays transgender clothes for babies in their stores, people can no longer ignore the reality that there are LGBTQ+ activists and interest groups directly affecting our culture. They are no longer buying Bud Light or shopping at Target, and these companies have lost billions of dollars in a very short time.
More and more countries and more and more states (18) are realizing that the push to transition children is deeply harmful and immoral and are passing laws to make it illegal. In fact, the head of a facility that carries out so-called “gender-affirming care” has published a peer-reviewed study confirming that transgender surgeries do not improve mental health and make people feel lonelier than those who avoided surgical intervention altogether.
As Victor Davis Hanson says, the “sleeping conservative dragon” may finally be waking up. Parents are no longer going to allow transgender activists to take over the culture. As Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen (R) insisted on “Washington Watch” on Thursday, “It’s a long-standing facet of American jurisprudence that parents are the primary decision makers for their children. We call them minors for a reason. They haven’t reached the age of majority yet, to use a legal term. We don’t let minors join the military. We don’t let them consume alcohol. We don’t let them vote until they’re 18. And there’s good reason for that because their brains are not fully developed. We know this from science, but we also know from thousands of years of just being humans that parents are in a better place to make decisions for their children.”
“What Is a Woman?” was released last summer and has been watched by people in over 70 countries. Soon after its release, it became the most-watched movie at home, according to Rotten Tomatoes, which also showed that audiences scored the film with a 97% rating. You can still watch it for free on Twitter this weekend.