Pop star Taylor Swift, who (blessedly) kept her political silence for most of her career, decided in 2018 that she could no longer hide the shocking truth: She’s a radical feminist who supports Democratic Party candidates…just like every other celebrity. Swift’s coming-out-of-the-closet moment was chronicled in a Netflix documentary this year which filmed the singer making the arduous choice to come out against Tennessee Republican Marsha Blackburn. Swift’s big endorsement of Blackburn’s opponent was supposed to result in a huge upset in the midterms.
Nonetheless, now that Swift has gotten herself a taste of the pundit life, she wades into the political waters as often as possible. This week she was at it again, decrying the 2020 Census for only providing two gender options: Male and Female.
“We had a really good step forward recently with the Supreme Court ruling based on discrimination, based on sex, but we still have so far to go in terms of equality and protections for LGBTQ people and people in the trans community,” Swift said in a video on Friday. “I got my Census the other day and there were two choices for gender. There was male and female and that erasure was so upsetting to me, the erasure of transgender and nonbinary people.
“When you don’t collect information on a group of people, that means that you have every excuse in the world not to support them,” she continued. “When you don’t collect data on a community, that’s a really, really brutal way of dismissing them.”
Right. Okay. Cool.
Here’s the thing, Taylor. First of all, the Census asks the respondent to fill out their “sex,” not their “gender,” so your remarks are irrelevant even by the standards – or supposed standards – of the LGBT community. Now, we do get the sense that this is changing rapidly – that LGBT supporters want to sorta do away with the idea of “sex” as a biological marker altogether – but that’s a whole ‘nother avenue of insanity that we’ll deal with as it comes.
Second, don’t transgender people still fall into one or the other category – male or female? The Census doesn’t ask detailed questions about which sex was “assigned” to you at birth or which gender you “identify” with these days. Just pick one or the other. As for “nonbinary people”…come on. We’re sure the Census will still serve its purpose without counting the sixteen people who consider themselves to be without gender.
But at the end of the day, trans women are not female, trans men are not male, and the Census (so far) reflects reality, not the latest trend coming out of Rainbow World, USA. Thanks to geniuses like Taylor Swift, though, we’re sure that will change in due time.