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We used to say that ‘sex sells.’ Now, it seems, transgenderism does — and women are being sidelined once again.

Madeleine Kearns

April 2, 2023


Clockwise, from left to right: Dr. Rachel Levine is sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Health, Drew Barrymore and Dylan Mulvaney on The Drew Barrymore Show, first lady Jill Biden congratulates Alba Rueda at the White House, and Lia Thomas holds a trophy after finishing first at the NCAA Womens Swimming & Diving Championships. (Chris Smith/Department of HHS via Reuters, Screenshot via The Drew Barrymore Show/YouTube, Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters, Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports )

Last month, I wrote about the cringeworthy exchange between Drew Barrymore and the male transgender activist, Dylan Mulvaney. Mulvaney displayed his vision of womanhood — a caricatural costume — and Barrymore fawned over it with performative virtue-signaling. If these are the types of behaviors deemed worthy of imitation in our culture, it’s no wonder we’re in such a mess.

As Rich Lowry wrote in a recent column, girls are struggling. The CDC reports record levels of depression among them and finds that more girls than ever are trying to opt out of womanhood through transgender identification. Among other things, one possible solution is for girls to find better female role models. The qualifications for becoming one ought to be being female and striving for high ideals. Increasingly, many celebrities and influencers who are filling this vacuum meet neither criterion.


A woman is defined as “an adult human female.” The definition of a strong female role model ought to be simply an adult human female who excels in virtue or talent. Beauty, too, is worth admiring — though, on its own, it can do more harm than good. Few would doubt Kim Kardashian is a beautiful woman, for instance, but she has hardly been a virtuous influence.

The Wall Street Journal reports on a poll showing that unprecedented numbers of young people are rejecting traditional values that give life its purpose and inspire human flourishing. Instead, it seems, they’re choosing self-destructive narcissism and ephemeral validation, such as the kind found on social media. When you look at who today passes as a role model, can you really be surprised?


I wish Granny Stein (my  grand mother born 1862) would say about this? I  suspect it would NOT be positive. Granny did not suffer fools well....or for long.

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