Oh the irony. The sweet, sweet irony of it all.
Transgender cycling champion Rachel McKinnon vented recently on social media about toxic masculinity and how it negatively impacted the behavior of women who are confronted with it.
In a tweet from late May, McKinnon wrote that “Toxic masculinity includes not being able to recognize when women are deeply uncomfortable with your behavior or presence…but it also forces women to do our best to be subtle because we’re scared you’ll react like this or worse.”
Toxic masculinity includes not being able to recognize when women are deeply uncomfortable with your behavior or presence.
…but it also forces women to do our best to be subtle because we're scared you'll react like this or worse. https://t.co/jmCvELuEbN
— Dr. Veronica Ivy (@SportIsARight) May 25, 2019
Y’all, if only one thing in modern history could ever be declared a classic case of “pot, kettle, black“, McKinnon’s comments on this issue would be it.
For those wondering, let me refresh your memories on who McKinnon is.
McKinnon created a stir last fall when she won a women’s cycling world title. Some of her competitors cried foul because McKinnon …is actually a man.
Fast forward a few months later, and McKinnon – an assistant professor at the College of Charleston, SC – was still giving it his all trying to shame women who disagree with him into silence. Some of his recent targets include 1980 Olympic swimming silver medalist Sharron Davies, and tennis great Martina Navratilova.
He successfully led the charge in having Navratilova, an LGBT rights pioneer, excommunicated out of several prominent LGBT groups over her belief that men competing in women’s competition gives the men an unfair advantage (which is true).
His Twitter feed is filled with examples of his attempts at shutting up women who disagree with him:
She is trying to ban trans women from competing in women's sport, which we've been allowed to do since the IOC's Oct 2003 policy.
Do you stand for this? pic.twitter.com/Y0PMSmiJ2G
— Dr. Veronica Ivy (@SportIsARight) March 6, 2019
Here’s another example of McKinnon’s warped views on female sports figures who dare to oppose his agenda:
If Sharron Davies, Paula Radcliffe, or Martina Navratilova had said we need to keep black women out of sport to "protect it" and the "integrity of women's sport"
That would be obviously racist
That's why it's obviously transphobic to exclude trans women now
Not "name calling"
— Dr. Veronica Ivy (@SportIsARight) March 5, 2019
Bizarre, right? McKinnon actually believes that excluding an entire race from competing in sports is the same thing as excluding men from being able to compete in women’s competitions. Who knew?
And what happens if you’re a woman and disagree with what he says? Tough sh*t. McKinnon has declared the debate over: “If you feel it’s unfair for trans women to compete, too bad. Suck it up, buttercup. The world has moved on. There is no ‘debate’ to be had.”
Sadly, McKinnon isn’t the only man masquerading as a woman who uses his elevated positions as a professor, athlete, and activist to bully into submission those who speak out against transgender women in women’s sports. But he’s one of most prominent, and his (rarely questioned) actions have had a chilling effect on female athletes and commentators alike, some of who are afraid to speak on the record for fear of being on the receiving end of his targeted (and oftentimes successful) bullying tactics.
With all this in mind, let’s revisit that tweet of McKinnon’s from last month:
“Toxic masculinity includes not being able to recognize when women are deeply uncomfortable with your behavior or presence…but it also forces women to do our best to be subtle because we’re scared you’ll react like this or worse.”
You really can’t make this stuff up.
(Hat tip: PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil)
—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–