A battle over transgenderism and privilege has led to calls that a prominent feminist be sacked by the BBC, the U.K. Telegraph reports.
Now, if it were a conservative group calling for her firing, it wouldn’t particularly be a surprise. In fact, that’s probably how you would think it would go.
However, here’s the rub: Those calling for the sacking are liberals.
For those of you not familiar with Dame Jenni Murray (and I’m sure I’m talking to nobody here), Breitbart’s James Delingpole describes the feminist icon’s broadcast career thusly:
“Listening to her morning BBC radio show ‘Woman’s Hour’ is like being subjected to a 60-minute lecture on the shortcomings of men, the superiority of women and the manifest injustice of the patriarchal hegemony, delivered by a school games mistress wearing iron underwear and a kaftan knitted by a Turkish oppressed women’s collective, while being force-fed organic breast milk laced with Hormone Replacement chemicals and the collected works of Germaine Greer, Erica Jong and Susie Orbach.”
Sign me up. With that kind of resume, you would think that her liberal card would never need to be pulled. However, then along came India Willoughby.
India Willoughby, formerly known as Jonathan, is an ITV presenter who had permanent gender reassignment surgery in 2015, according to the U.K. Daily Mail. In an op-ed, Murray said that Willoughby couldn’t be a real woman because she had once enjoyed “male privilege.”
“India held firmly to her belief that she was a ‘real woman’, ignoring the fact that she had spent all of her life before her transition enjoying the privileged position in our society generally accorded to a man,” Murray wrote.
“Your sex, male or female, is what you’re born with and determines whether you’ll provide the sperm or the eggs in the reproductive process,” she stated later in the piece.
That’s when all hell broke loose. Willoughby and other liberals called for Murray to be removed from her job at the BBC, calling her a “dinosaur” and “transphobic.”
“The fact that she’s still allowed to host Woman’s Hour while spouting this bile is ridiculous and she should finally be sacked,” Willoughby said.
“The world has changed and, as a public-funded broadcaster the BBC know that more than anyone, Jenni Murray is a dinosaur and we all know what happened to them. Let’s hope a similar extinction is coming for her in the not too distant future.”
While she has not been fired, Murray has been issued a warning by her employers at The Beeb.
There is a particular irony in the fact that the very culture that Murray enabled — one in which legitimate opinions can be the cause for shunning and firing — is involved in taking her down a peg.
There’s also an irony in the fact that two of the sacrosanct tenets of the left — opposition to the scourge of male privilege and vehemently attacking anyone who does not conspicuously celebrate transgender individuals and everything else on the left’s transgender agenda — have come into conflict in such a massive way.
My guess is that these ironies are lost on “Ms.” Willoughby and Ms. Murray, as well as their individual supporters. Too bad, because if you look at it in just the right way, it’s hilarious.
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