Professors recently ran an interesting test on the 2016 presidential debates: What if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump swapped genders? How would audiences react?
In their test, NYU Steinhardt clinical associate professor Joe Salvatore said, “One audience member described the Trump message as she was able to hear it as hummable lyrics, while Clinton may have had well-researched information, but there was no hook.”
Trump’s debate victory as a female, combined with recent feminist protests, got us thinking: What if Trump identified as a woman?
Under the logic of the LGBTQ+ community and third-wave feminism, history would have to recognize Trump as America’s first woman president.
Gender identity, they posit, is a social construct and a choice. It can even be fluid, and you can constantly change genders. Some lists have included dozens of possible genders, including “two spirit,” “third sex,” “gender bender,” and “gender gifted.” All those are actually from New York City’s official options.
Some conservatives have creatively taken advantage of this philosophy. When the University of Michigan allowed students to pick whatever gender pronoun they wanted, conservative activist Grant Strobl chose “His Majesty.” The UM guidelines instructed professors to use these pronouns.
UM Provost Martha Pollack and Vice President for Student Life Royster Harper said, “Asking about and correctly using someone’s designated pronoun is one of the most basic ways to show respect for their identity and to cultivate an environment that respects all gender identities.”
The only way to one-up His Majesty would be for the President of the United States to troll this liberal philosophy. Will it happen? Probably not, but it’s funny to imagine that it could.
This exposes where feminism and LGBTQ+ philosophy collide. If men who identify as women break glass ceilings, is it really a victory for women? Would feminists celebrate Trump as the first woman president if he chose that gender?
Under their own logic, they should.