Lesbian Feminist Slams Transgender Superhero as a Symbol of Patriarchy
On Sunday, The CW introduced the first transgender superhero on television: Nia Nal (played by transgender actor Nicole Maines) who is also known as "Dreamer," a character in "Supergirl." Dreamer inherits his powers from his mother, even though the powers are traditionally passed down from mother to daughter. Speaking with PJ Media, radical feminists denounced this artistic choice as an "erasure of women" and "the textbook definition of patrilineage."
"I have no problem with a transgender character," Miriam Ben-Shalom, the first lesbian to be reinstated to the U.S. Army after being kicked out for her sexuality, told PJ Media. "However what IS distressing is the implication that being transgender is somehow biological and that it supersedes actual biology and genetics."
"Not to beat a dead horse, but males identifying as trans are still male. No matter what they say, every cell in their bodies is XY. That is a fact," Ben-Shalom insisted. "They may wear what they will and say what they will, but they are still male. Therefore, the passing of the power from mother to her son is an impossibility."
The lesbian veteran conceded that "of course, we are talking about 'comic book characters' in a 'comic book world' world where nothing is real." Even so, superhero universes should play by their own rules, and the rules surrounding Nia Nal are clear: he is biologically male, identifies as female, and inherits powers that are traditionally passed from mother to daughter.
Worse, in the recent episode "Blood Memory," Nia Nal's older sister, Maeve Nal (Hannah James), is passed over for the powers, despite her biological sex. The older sister even exasperatedly responds, "You're not even a real woman!" The show clearly disagrees with this statement, presenting it as "transphobic."
"The seeping in of trans ideology is distressing as is the implication of a biological basis for being trans — that somehow being a male identifying as trans is 'More Female. More Of A Woman' than biological females (XX human beings)," Ben-Shalom said, referencing articles from The Advocate and the blog TransSubstantiation (just as two mainstream versions of this statement). "It is important to note that there is no reliable science at this time that supports that."
Furthermore, as a lesbian and a feminist, she found it offensive for any biological male to insist that he is more of a woman than she is. "And it is interesting that ONLY men can be such women and More Of A Woman than actual women according to some in the trans community. If only men can be women—what does one say about XX human beings?"
Activists may focus on Nia Nal and celebrate his powers as "Dreamer," but Ben-Shalom focused on Maeve Nal. "The insistence that this male gets his mother's gift BEFORE his older sister can or will is a perfect patriarchal and MRA [men's rights activist] inspiration," she said.