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Bradley Manning is now a woman called Osama Oprah Obama

by | 23rd, August 2013

Anti-war protesters mount a Free Bradley Manning demonstration at the US Embassy, Ballsbridge Dublin, the day after he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified information to WikiLeaks.

BRADLEY Manning is now living as a woman known as Chelsea Manning. He says:

“I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female”

And just like that you can be a woman. Can you become black in much the same fashion? Can it be that you declare it and it is so? You can be anything so long as you believe it?

Some say no:

@instapundit what would the media reaction be if Bradley Manning asked to serve his sentence dressed as a rodeo clown wearing an obama mask?

Isn’t the “mask” of gender identity little deeper than a stick-on disguise?Does this shift in gender identity make us see Manning in a different light?

Spencer Ackerman tweets:

Chelsea Manning’s identity & Chelsea Manning’s leaks = entirely separate issues. Not that anyone has a right to an opinion on her ID but her

You have no right to an opinion? Who do you asks to get the rights?

The BBC still call Manning “him”. Is that wrong? Wikipedia says it is:

chelsea manning

Ryan Kearney notes:

The Guardian, to its credit, changed its topic page to “Chelsea Manning.” This should not be the exception, but the rule. Even the Associated Press stylebook says so: that reporters should “use the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth. If that preference is not expressed, use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly.”

Maureen O’Connor sees Manning the entertainer:

Why is it so hard for people to type an extra s when they write about Manning? We updated our nomenclature for “Snoop Lion” and “the Artist Formerly Known as Prince.” “Ali Lohan” and “Lil’ Bow Wow” became “Aliana” and “Bow Wow” to reflect personal growth. We accept typographical requests from branded products like iPhone, PowerPoint, and eHarmony — and from branded humans like Ke$ha, A$AP Rocky, and ‘N Sync. (The last being unusual even without the asterisk.) The idiosyncrasies of capitalism, apparently, are more compelling than a human’s self-professed gender.

Rod Dreher looks at facts:

I presume Bradley Manning still has a penis and male chromosomes. He is not a female simply because he says he is. Though I very much doubt that the military will give him the female hormones he has requested for his prison stay, Manning may have the operation one day, but for now, he is still a he. I don’t see why feeling pity for Manning’s psychological suffering requires us to play along with his hallucination. If you want to do so, be my guest, but shouldn’t journalists hold themselves to different standards?

He has time to adjust:

 

Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in jail for giving WikiLeaks files that formed the biggest breach of official secrets in American history …

Under military law Manning is eligible for parole on completion of one-third of his sentence, which is slightly more than half the 60 year term that prosecutors had pushed for.

His jail time will be shortened by a total of 1,293 days on account of the more than three years he has already served, which means he could be freed in nine years.

Bad news for Chelsea, then.

Emily Greenhouse:

Discrimination and violence, especially sexual violence, against transgender women is disproportionately bad. And in prison, according to a 2009 study of inmates in California, some sixty per cent of male-to-female transgender individuals locked up with cisgendered men suffered sexual assault. Not one of the transgender inmates in the study trusted guards to protect them against rape and harm.

But others are upbeat:

Civil liberties groups condemned the sentence, but WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website headed by Julian Assange, hailed it as a “significant strategic victory”.

American military types agree.

Pass the celery…

 



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