Girl, Bye: Actress Alice Eve Writes Transphobic Instagram Post About Bruce Jenner
Alice Eve, an actress who I only recognize because she played Captain James T. Kirk’s future wife Carol Marcus in the second “Star Trek” reboot, had some seriously transphobic things to say about Bruce Jenner in a recent Instagram post. In the wake of Jenner’s “20/20″ interview, in which the Olympian told Diane Sawyer, “I am a woman,” Eve took to Instagram to deny his gender identity, writing:
If you were a woman no one would have heard of you because women can’t compete in the decathlon. You wouldn’t be a hero. You would be a frustrated young athlete who hasn’t given a chance. Until women are paid the same as men, then playing at being a “woman” while retaining the benefits of being a man is unfair. Do you have a vagina? Are you paid less than men? Then, my friend, you are a woman.
Okay, where to begin. First of all, Bruce Jenner is not “playing at being a woman,” he — the pronoun he has decided to use for the time being — is a woman. Genitals may be how gender identity is determined for us when we are born, but having a penis or a vagina is not an all-encompassing dictator of gender. Just ask the estimated 700,000 trans men and women living in the United States right now. Second, the idea that Bruce Jenner is “playing” at anything is absurd and cruel, and mocks the bravery it took for him to come out as a woman, given how much hatred and violence is experienced by the trans community. And it’s disheartening to see Eve use her transphobic views to make a woefully misguided “feminist” point about equal pay. Reminder: feminism without intersectionality — that is, factoring in the oppression and discrimination faced by other marginalized people, in this case, trans women — is garbage because it ultimately uplifts one oppressed group at the expense of another.
Eve’s initial Instagram posted received such backlash that she deleted it, and yesterday, she posted another photo, this time of David Bowie dressed as Ziggy Stardust:
Hmm, that’s not quite an apology, Alice Eve. Also, I’m side-eyeing her use of the word “explore” — there’s something mealy-mouthed about it, like she doesn’t quite buy that being trans is anything but a phase. Anyway, whatever, Alice Eve can go back to whence she came, aka obscurity for the vast majority of people, while Bruce Jenner will continue to be a hero and an inspiration to many. [Us Weekly]