On the after show of his daily Facebook Live video podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Tuesday, host and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Wire Ben Shapiro said that “[i]f you don’t think there’s a difference between men and women, you are a fool.”
“[G]ender differences, meaning sex differences, are deeply, deeply important to life,” stated Ben Shapiro, “and anyone who believes otherwise, is a fool. Okay? If you don’t think there’s a difference between men and women, you are a fool.”
Ben Shapiro’s comments came in response to a New York Times commentary by Jennifer Finney Boylan, a contributing opinion writer for the Times, that asks in its headline, “Why Are Gender Reveal Parties a Thing?”
Below is a transcript of Ben Shapiro’s remarks from his after show on Tuesday:
“This is an article from Jennifer Finney Boylan, a contributing opinion writer over at The New York Times, demonstrating the radicalism of the left. And prepare for things to be shut down, things that are normal conversation to be shut down as hateful and terrible.
“What is the latest example of this? Well, Jennifer Finney Boylan, who is a transgender woman, meaning a biological man, says, ‘Why Are Gender Reveal Parties a Thing? They say a lot more about our culture than they do about the sex of our soon-to-be children.’
“Jennifer Boylan writes, ‘I remember when the obstetrician revealed the genders of our own children, back in the day, and I recall well the sense of wonder the news brought us. Knowing the sex of our child felt as if we had cut in half the number of possible futures our family might find itself in. There’s a way in which, in the heart of pregnancy, that was very comforting.
“‘But celebrating a child’s gender before it’s born is a tricky business. It sets expectations for who that child will be. It also leaves the unfortunate impression that gender is the most important thing to celebrate about that child.’
“Well, first of all, it is a very important thing to celebrate about a child. And gender differences, meaning sex differences, are deeply, deeply important to life,” stated Ben Shapiro, “and anyone who believes otherwise, is a fool. Okay? If you don’t think there’s a difference between men and women, you are a fool. I don’t just mean in genitals. I mean in terms of how men and women think and act. Obviously, there is a difference.
“But according to Jennifer Boylan, this is unacceptable because we can’t—if you find out that you have a boy in the womb—you can’t just assume that that boy is going to be a boy. Maybe the boy is going to be a girl. Why?
“‘As a late-transitioning transgender person, I’ve experienced both sides of a lot of this world. I have been both a best man and a matron of honor (and I can tell you that being a matron of honor is a lot more fun; being best man felt a little bit like being a security guard at a very sketchy nightclub). I’ve attended bachelor parties as well as bridal showers. … At the bridal shower, my girlfriends and I mostly said ooh and ahh as we opened up boxes of high-end lingerie.
“‘Which was fun, but let’s be honest: Victoria’s Secret is no match for an Amazing Larry.
“‘As a transgender person I thought my eyes were pretty wide open when it came to gender issues. I tried to avoid defining either of my children based on their sex and encouraged them to find their own path, wherever it might lead.
“‘But I was still caught off guard when my older child came out to me as transgender, at age 23. The news stunned me and left me, for a little while, unable to speak.
“‘Then I put my arms around her, just as my own mother had put her arms around me, and told her that I loved her, just as my own mother had said those words to me.’
“Does it ever occur to people that maybe how you act in your life effects how your children act and think about these things? And that— I mean, the number of hardships that a transgender person has to undergo in this life, the mental hardships, the emotional hardships you have to undergo, even if you are actually, biologically predisposed toward gender identity disorder, is extraordinary.
“To suggest that confusing a child for a full generation about sex being completely malleable has no impact on the kids is insane, and not to be able to celebrate all this stuff is pretty – no to be able to celebrate the sex of your child because you think your child might end up being the opposite sex is pretty upsetting. It’s pretty upsetting and pretty ridiculous and pretty cruel to the child.
“Because it turns out, sex differences are a wonderful, beautiful thing. If you’re not reinculcating them in your child, you are making a very large mistake.”