Washington Republicans mocked Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson for refusing to define the word “woman” during her Senate confirmation hearing last month.
But it turns out that the same Republicans on the Judiciary Committee don’t agree on how to define a woman, and some may or may not have given a definition when HuffPost asked Tuesday.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said, “I have nothing for you.”
John Cornyn (R-Texas) said, “I’m not going to involve you.”
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Ten.) dodged the question three times in a row, citing her policy of not talking to reporters in Senate hallways—even though it was Blackburn who made it an issue with Jackson in the first place. .
Thirteen hours after the first day of Jackson’s hearing last month, the Tennessee Republican posed the question: “Can you define the word ‘woman’?”
“Can I provide a definition?” Jackson said, feeling confused. “No, I can’t. I’m not a biologist.”
Not long after, Blackburn concluded: “The fact that you can’t give me a straight answer as fundamental as a woman, the dangers of the kind of progressive education we’ve been hearing about. underlines.”
The next day, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also told Jackson: “I think you’re the only Supreme Court nominee in history who has been unable to answer the question ‘What is a woman?’ “
The real purpose of Blackburn’s question was almost certainly to try to corner Jackson on the issue of transgender women participating in women’s sports. Widespread, ugly GOP attack on LGBTQ people Going to the 2022 elections. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is pushing for an investigation into the child abuse of parents whose children seek gender-affirming medical care. Florida’s new “Don’t Say Gay” law prohibits teachers from talking about sexual orientation or gender identity to students under fourth graders. Meanwhile, the Human Rights Campaign is tracking Over 300 LGBTQ Bills across the country.
In a follow-up email to HuffPost, a spokesperson for Blackburn said that her definition of a woman is “two X chromosomes.”
The spokesperson did not respond to questions about whether Blackburn considers Women born with only one X chromosome to be female, or if she believes male born with two X chromosomes To be a woman
In a written statement, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) offered a definition similar to Blackburn’s: “A woman is born with two X-chromosomes.”
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary and the Britannica Dictionary define a woman as “an adult female person” and “an adult female human being”, respectively. Does the senator agree with this?
“I have a traditional view of what a woman is,” said Sen. Thom Tillis (RN.C.).
Lindsey Graham (RSC) said that a woman is simply someone who is “biologically a woman”, adding that she thinks most Americans can figure out who is female and who is male.
“Birds and bees stuff – it’s been a while, but I think I remember the general gist of the differences,” Graham said. “It’s weird for me to have a hard time answering that question.”
Mike Lee (R-Utah) shouted out his definition of a woman before slipping into the Senate elevator: “an adult female of the human species.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) was the most courageous.
“Someone who can give birth to a child, a mother, is a woman,” he said. “He who has a uterus is a woman. It doesn’t seem that complicated to me.”
So if a woman’s uterus has been removed by hysterectomy, is she still a woman?
“Yeah. Well, I don’t know, will they?” He asked. (Yes.)
When asked again later whether he would still consider a woman a woman if she lost her reproductive organs to cancer, Hawley said: “I mean, a woman has a vagina. , Is not it?”
When asked Cruise, he immediately replied that a woman is “an adult female human.”
He denied that he had recently seen it in a dictionary.
“I only speak English,” said Cruz, “a homo sapien with two X chromosomes.”