The Book is Better than the Movie

You probably know about the 2022 movie, What is a Woman?, produced by Matt Walsh. I saw it when it made its big splash and found it clever and funny, but thought that it could use more depth. I also wondered if he was coming across as fair. When I heard Mr. Walsh say in an interview that they couldn’t include mounds of his other material in the movie, I got the book he released about the same time to go along with it.

 

As the saying goes, the book is better than the movie. While the movie shows the telling gotcha moments of his conversations and the conclusions Walsh reached, the book relays the valuable background to those conversations and justifies his conclusions. For one, the book lays out the trail of the current transgender ideology from the dark history of Alfred Kinsey and John Money.

 

Consequently, the book shows that Mr. Walsh’s work is intellectually heavier than the movie’s every-man tone portrays. He then makes strong arguments in confronting the zeitgeist, such as noting:

 

“When it comes to transgender people competing in women’s sports, the concern always seems to focus on how the transgender person would feel if he isn’t allowed to compete. Few people ever ask how the women athletes feel having to compete against biological men…after training so hard, going into races knowing that we will never be able to win.” (Ch 9)

 

The unmasking of Lupron, the gender imitative hormone stands out as another instance. The drug is widely used and yet untested for safety or even efficacy in treating gender dysphoria. Sellers do not want the FDA to test it. Because if they did, the world would learn of how damaging it is and how effective it isn’t (Ch 8).

 

His guy-on-the-street rhetoric delivers some decisive analogies. The lack of longitudinal studies allow trans-providers to trumpet their success.  How can they do this? By only ever asking how the patient is doing immediately after the operation:

 

“Honestly, all of this was like determining how happy married people are by only asking newlyweds. Their answers could be different twenty years down the line. Heck, they could change after two.” (Ch 7.)

 

In fact, feelings about gender-imitative surgeries often do change after several years.

 

Mr. Walsh concludes that something stronger than misplaced empathy is powering this medical machine, and it must be money. He then goes into some of the detail on the surgical operations (Ch 7) and their costs (Ch 8): “Every child convinced…to ‘transition’ will generate 1.3 million dollars to pharma.” I had to be brief in my own book on this point so it is helpful to have him lay it out further.

 

In fact, I find this volume a useful companion book to mine. His missing point, from my perspective, is the requirement of depth in answer to the principal question. “What is a woman?” really does require more of a reply than just, “An adult human female.” Maybe that answer suffices for some purposes. But it fails to answer the cry of the soul.

 

And if we would win back the next generation, that answer must be forthcoming.

 

 

 

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