It’s not my intention to make fun of Bruce Jenner. I tried to transition into a woman once myself — and would have done it too, but she called the police. I probably should have asked her permission first.
Joking aside, the former gold medal Olympian is, by my lights, free to be whatever surgery can make him. My attitude toward other people’s sex lives was best phrased by Ebenezer Scrooge: “It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s. Mine occupies me constantly.”
That said, since our media will focus on this absolutely meaningless and ridiculous event rather than on, say, Barack Obama’s malfeasance abroad and lawlessness at home, let me just make a few observations.
Leftists have made a cause of transgenderism, but transgenderism makes a nonsense of many leftist tenets. For instance, leftist feminism depends on the assumption that there is no inherent difference between men and women and that therefore any inequality in their lives must be the product of bigotry and should be corrected by law. But if there is no inherent difference between men and women, what can it possibly mean to be transgender? When Jenner tells an interviewer: “I am a woman,” how does he know? Since, until he started fiddling with it, his body was a man’s body, he can only mean that he feels a mental or spiritual difference within him that he identifies as womanly. I only wish that more feminists felt that!
But if there is a difference between men and women — and, like, duh — it is entirely possible that in some matters the difference favors men. Men, for instance, may be better at scientific thinking, or cracking stupid jokes that are somehow hilarious, or writing great poetry, or abusing themselves and others for purposes of sexual gratification without any emotional blowback. Once you admit there is a difference, it is not cruelty or bigotry to note the results of that difference or to behave in accordance with them, always taking variations in individuals into account.