Looks like we’ll have to make more room in the idiot box. A clip has emerged of Mike Huckabee, the Republican presidential candidate who would presume to have “God’s blessing” to do battle against America’s “secular theocracy” if he were elected president, in which he jokes about the fact that he should have pretended to be transgender in high school, in order to get a peek at girls in the shower.
“I wish someone had told me when I was in high school, that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in P.E. – I’m pretty sure I would have found my feminine side and said ‘coach, I think I’ll shower with the girls today'”
Get it? See, because he would only be pretending to be a girl, and that way he could look at the other girls nekkid!
It’s not so much the inherent transphobia of the joke that bothers me. Which it is – in that it implies that transgender people are really just plotting perverts who only want to catch a glimpse of others without their clothes on or using the restroom.
Nope, what gets me about it is how completely lame it is. It’s the type of humor you would expect from an 8th grade boy, and this is coming from someone who wants to be the next president of the United States. Instead of having a serious discussion about gender identity, and the personal and societal challenges faced by people who internally feel like a gender that is different from what is perceptible from the outside, Huckabee and right-wingers of his ilk reduce those issues to an adolescent punchline.
It’s not surprising in the least, however, as it is just the latest in a long string of inane statements that have come from the former Arkansas Governor. This is also the man who has said that women who use birth control under Obamacare are people who “can’t control their libido.” He also recently stated that the next American president wouldn’t have to follow the rule of the Supreme Court if it rules that gay marriage is a constitutional right, since after all, the Supreme Court isn’t the “Supreme Being.”
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