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Blackburn to Jackson: Can you define ‘the word woman’?
By HatetheSwamp
March 23, 2022 4:30 am
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I have never been a fan of Marsha Blackburn. However, in yesterday's KBJ's confirmation hearing, Blackburn hit on a critical philosophical issue in her questioning on Tuesday.

As the confirmation hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson went into hour 13, Sen. Marsha Blackburn asked the Supreme Court nominee on Tuesday to define the word “woman.”

“I can’t — ” Jackson replied.

“You can’t?” Blackburn said.

“Not in this context. I’m not a biologist,” Jackson said.

“The meaning of the word woman is so unclear and controversial that you can’t give me a definition?” Blackburn asked.

The Tennessee Republican’s line of questioning hit on nearly every political hot-button issue, from critical race theory to teaching children about gender identity in schools to Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer on the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s team.

“The fact that you can’t give me a straight answer about something as fundamental as what a woman is underscores the dangers of the kind of progressive education that we are hearing about,” Blackburn said, before turning to Thomas, who has been at the center of the debate over policies for transgender athletes.


Right on, Marsha.

It seems likely to me that the question of gender identity, i.e., "can you define word, 'woman'" will become, in the next generation, our generation's equivalent of, "is a black man human?" As much as I've considered Marsha Blackburn to be brainless, she nailed it yesterday.

If a nominee to the Supreme Court can't demonstrate the ability to think seriously about this question, that person isn't qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.


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Comments on "Blackburn to Jackson: Can you define ‘the word woman’?":

  1. by Donna on March 23, 2022 9:47 am
    How would YOU define "woman", Hts?


  2. by HatetheSwamp on March 23, 2022 10:10 am

    You show me yours, then I'll show you mine. Bahahahahahahahahahaha.


  3. by Donna on March 23, 2022 11:25 am
    Legally I'm female. Chromosomally I'm male. From a societal standpoint, I'm a woman. I would guess that some people who know my background wouldn't cobsider me a woman. So it's more complicated than some people are making it.


  4. by HatetheSwamp on March 23, 2022 11:34 am

    It seems to me that it is very complicated and that we all have a long way to go in figuring it all out.

    I mentioned Kristi Noem. You probably know that Ron DeSantis just proclaimed the runner up to Lia Thomas in the NCAA women's 500 meter swimming final to be the winner of the race.

    All this to say that Marsha Blackburn's question was intensely appropriate.


  5. by HatetheSwamp on March 23, 2022 12:11 pm

    FYI, y'all.

    Marsha Blackburn will appear on the Guy Benson program today at 4:00 EDT. The shows available on the Audacy app for free.


  6. by Donna on March 23, 2022 12:47 pm
    I agree with Ms. Noam's decision, but Ms. Blackburn asked a question that doesn't have a definitive answer, which Blackburn and others seem to be demanding from Judge Jackson.

    Btw there's an interesting discussion regarding Lia Thomas on my Facebook wall. The last time I checked, 11 FB friends, all liberal, agree with me. Only one person, my niece, has pushed back.


  7. by HatetheSwamp on March 23, 2022 1:05 pm

    ...Ms. Blackburn asked a question that doesn't have a definitive answer, which Blackburn and others seem to be demanding from Judge Jackson.

    I'm certain you know that many people disagree with you that her question doesn't have a definitive answer.

    However, it interests me that you suggested a possible response to Sen. Blackburn's question.

    Also, fascinatingly, isle also suggested a response to the question, best of all, isle cited Kierkegaard!


  8. by Curt_Anderson on March 23, 2022 1:10 pm
    Whatever happened to the old days when the female shot putters from the USSR and East Germany had sideburns and the Olympics among other sports organizations checked testosterone levels? Regardless of sexual anatomy and testosterone levels males and former males are generally taller and stronger than their female counterparts. NBA players are on average several inches tall than WNBA players for example.


  9. by HatetheSwamp on March 23, 2022 1:25 pm

    Wow, Curt! Those were the days, what?!!!!!

    It was a sad day when the IOC clamped down those shenanigans. Some people just don't admire innovation.


  10. by Donna on March 23, 2022 1:25 pm
    The testosterone level of a M2F TG who's taking female hormones and testosterone blockers (aka chemical castration) or has undergone bilateral orchiectomy or sex reassignment suegery would be that of a genetic female.


  11. by HatetheSwamp on March 23, 2022 1:47 pm

    As your faithful correspondent, I listened to the Blackburn interview on Benson's program.

    While Blackburn didn't say it directly, I suspect that the Senator from Tennessee will not be voting to confirm Judge Brown.


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