Sarah Setzer is editor-at-large at Flavorwire. She recently penned this op-ed in defense of Lena Dunham, who is under fire for admitting in her new book that she engaged in sexually inappropriate acts with her younger sister.
Setzer attacks Williamson in the headline, calling him a “transphobic bigot.” Because he is, in Setzer’s view, a transphobic bigot, Setzer wants liberals to discount Williamson’s opinions. Williamson is a “transphobic bigot” because he, like millions of people, knows that Bradley Manning Is Not a Woman and Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman.
Setzer’s defense of Dunham is unsurprising, given that liberal feminism is built on the a foundation of “choice” and “lived experience.” In this ideology, everything the individual “chooses” is good. Hence, if a Man “identifies as a Woman,” people who do not affirm this belief become “transphobic bigots.” Liberal feminism privileges the very few, like Setzer and Dunham, who are actually in a position to make meaningful “choices.”
Williamson may be a “transphobic bigot.” He also opposes reproductive autonomy for Women. That does not make him wrong about the fact that Men are not Women and that Dunham engaged in a pattern of sexually abusive behavior and then wrote about it in her book.
Lena Dunham on Twitter_ _Just got a text from my sister that said _here til Monday. What’s your deal__ Like we’re just a pair of 19 year old fuck-buddies Lena Dunham on Twitter_ _I was really happy to see my sister and treated her like the campus bicycle http___t Lena Dunham on Twitter_ __Every time I sleep in your bed you find a way to make me think you’re masturbating_ –my sister, right before she said _isn’t dad a DINK!___ Lena Dunham on Twitter_ _RED RIDING is a grimy revelation. So scared I had to sleep with my sister. Woke up with chocolate on my thigh…_ Weekend goals=achieved Lena Dunham on Twitter_ _True Life_ I take creepy bedroom photos of my sister http___twitpic Lena Dunham on Twitter_ _A chilly wet morning makes me want to warm my feet under my sister’s thigh, like I did when I was young (6 months ago)_