Things got heated during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on abortion Tuesday, when University of California, Berkeley Law Professor Khiara Bridges accused Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) of transphobia when he questioned her use of the phrase, “people with a capacity for pregnancy,” over “women.”
"I want to recognize that your line of questioning is transphobic, and it opens up trans people to violence by not recognizing them," Bridges alleged.
"Wow, you're saying that I'm opening up people to violence by asking whether or not women are the only folks who can have pregnancies?" Hawley responded.
Bridges then cited the rate of suicide attempts among transgender people, apparently implying that questioning from people like Hawley was responsible for the tragic statistic. Such an allegation is not consistent with comparative evidence, which reveals that the rate of suicide for transgender individuals is relatively consistent even in the most “progressive” countries.
After Bridges questioned whether Hawley believed men were capable of pregnancy, an incredulous Hawley responded in the negative.
"And that leads to violence?" Hawley asked, "Is this how you run your classroom? Are students allowed to question you, or are they also treated like this, where they’re told that they’re opening up people to violence by questioning?"
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Bridges’ testimony is the latest example of a disturbing trend on the left: the belief that if one dares question the foundations of gender ideology, they are directly putting human lives at risk. Some particularly deranged activists claim that questioning, in itself, is tantamount to violence.
Such a claim is undoubtedly a pretext to the authoritarian censorship of speech. Though Bridges’ assertion and her smug demeanor are laughable on their face, they must be taken seriously. Claims of real-life “violence” are often the justification used to silence dissent regarding gender and race.
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