Fox's Brit Hume: Science Says Caitlyn Jenner "Might Not Qualify" As Being "Transgendered"
Hume: If Science Is A Determining Factor, "You Really Don't Become Transgendered Until You've Had Some Sort Of Physical Metamorphosis"
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From the May 16 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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BRIT HUME: This standard by which one becomes transgendered seems to be a little vague and hard to pin down. I mean, are you transgender because you have had surgery to change your sexual makeup, your body parts? Or are you transgendered because you decide at a given moment that you would prefer to be a member of the sex into which you were not born? One might argue that this is, you know, something that the Democrats always claimed the Republicans are, they are always saying Republicans are anti-science.
Well, if science and biology is a -- science is a determining factor here, you really don't become transgendered until you had some sort of physical metamorphosis, in which your anatomy is changed. So, Caitlin Jenner for an example, would though she clearly prefers the idea that she is a woman, might not qualify that way. I think it's very odd to think of the possibility of people with the opposite sex's body parts taking showers in the locker room of the other sex. It just seems to me to be something that people will find very strange and not welcome.
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): OK, but that's the key, whether Americans -- once they understand that there really isn't any litmus test, there aren't any guidelines from the Departments of Justice or Education about what you just raised, who can do what, what is a medical doctor involved? Does the doctor have to certify? None of that. It's basically a P.C. whim. But in this age where political correctness has really taken firm root in this country, I'm not sure whether Americans give a hoot anymore. They just don't.
HUME: So, you know, there is a limit to how big an issue is becoming. It's a symbolic issue, I think, more than an actual, practical issue.