Daily Opinion: Having an Opinion Doesn’t Have to Make You a Bigot (Sometimes)

Photo Credit: bloodyelbow.com
Photo Credit: bloodyelbow.com

Have you heard of Fallon Fox? She’s a transgender MMA fighter who was physically born a man and is now living as a woman. There was a bit of a kerfuffle some months ago because she didn’t disclose she was physically born a man prior to fighting other women. What followed was a debate over transgenders and their place in sports.

Now, I’m not about to hop into the debate of what’s right and wrong here, especially because I’m not super well informed on the subject. But what I will say is this: sometimes Americans go wayward when trying to defend those who have been historically discriminated against. Some call it over-sensitivity. I call it over-correction.

Tomato, to-mah-to.

Does anyone actually pronounce it to-mah-to?

Anywho, America has a long history of discrimination, which is a shame given how diverse we are as a nation. That said, we’re making decent strides in terms of acceptance even if it doesn’t feel that way in the moment. But we have to be cognizant of areas like transgender sexes where people have less knowledge. Outright branding folks as transphobic can be just as harmful as those who attack transgenders. Basically, it shuts down discussion and subsequently closes the door for understanding.

In the case of Fallon Fox, I can see why some people are against her fighting women. She was PHYSICALLY born a man and the idea of that is new to folks regardless of how many hormones she takes to counteract her masculinity. I mean, it’s wrong for men to hit women, right?

On the other hand, I can see why other people feel she should have the right to fight. She’s not living as a man at all and now that her background is out in the open, other females are agreeing to some good ol’ fashioned fisticuffs with her. No harm, no foul, right?

Both sides have a point, but bashing each other will get us nowhere. You know what will get us somewhere? Understanding.

What a novel idea!

Peace out, party people.

Previously: YouTube Personalities Take Advantage of Underage Girls and Fans Defend Them? Sigh…

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