Brian Fitzpatrick

What do you do when a major news network, ABC, gives one of its best-known journalists, Barbara Walters, a bully pulpit to deny the fundamental reality that men and women are different? You can cry, or you can laugh.

One of the funniest scenes in Life of Brian, the 1979 Monty Python comedy, shows a band of ancient Israelite revolutionaries debating whether to fight for a man’s right to have babies.

FRANCIS: Why are you always on about women, Stan?

STAN: I want to be one.

REG: What?

STAN: I want to be a woman. From now on, I want you all to call me “Loretta.”

REG: What?!

LORETTA: It’s my right as a man.

JUDITH: Well, why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?

LORETTA: I want to have babies.

REG: You want to have babies?!

LORETTA: It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.

REG: But... you can’t have babies.

LORETTA: Don’t you oppress me.

REG: I’m not oppressing you, Stan. You haven’t got a womb! Where’s the fetus going to gestate?! You going to keep it in a box?!

LORETTA: [starts sobbing]

JUDITH: Here! I—I’ve got an idea. Suppose you agree that he can’t actually have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody’s fault, not even the Romans’, but that he can have the right to have babies.

FRANCIS: Good idea, Judith. We shall fight the oppressors for your right to have babies, brother. Sister. Sorry.

REG: What’s the point?


REG: What’s the point of fighting for his right to have babies when he can’t have babies?!

FRANCIS: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.

REG: Symbolic of his struggle against reality.

Just 30 years ago, the notion of a man bearing babies was ridiculous enough to power an entire scene in an over-the-top comedy. My, how times have changed. Now the media are taking the subject seriously, or at least pretending to take it seriously, with Barbara Walters leading the parade.

Walters is currently touting her “exclusive” story that the so-called “pregnant man,” Thomas Beatie, is expecting again – and she’s pulling out all the stops to persuade America that changing sex is “normal.” During her special on Thomas and Nancy Beatie, Walters repeats doggedly, almost desperately, that the Beaties are “normal” and “ordinary.”

The problem is, transgenderism is not a joke and it is not normal. It’s a real mental disorder, inflicting real anguish on real people.

As a journalist, Barbara Walters should tell the truth about Beatie and transgenderism.

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick, a writer, editor, and commentator on political and cultural issues, is the Senior Editor at Media Research Center’s Culture & Media Institute.

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