It seems that tennis great and card-carrying intersectionalist may be on her way to a political Saul conversion moment.
According this post by the incomparable Neo, the lesbian superstar is teetering on The Razor’s Edge of politically correct acceptance due to her failure to Tow the Party Line regarding transgenderism and athletics.
Well, I certainly stumbled into a hornets’ nest. The support I normally get from ‘my people’, the LGBT community, was replaced by a barrage of quite nasty personal attacks and I was dropped (jettisoned is a better word) as an ambassador for Athlete Ally.
Conversely, some publications and people that I am at odds with on most issues, such as the Washington Examiner (gasp) and James Woods (double gasp), were strongly supportive of my opinions. Those are unwelcome bedfellows. So where did I go wrong? Or did I go wrong?
Said Neo in response:
What I see here are the glimmerings of at least the possibility of political change on Navratilova’s part, depending on how she answers the questions she posed.
This incident represents an opportunity for her to make a shift, a move that’s incredibly hard to make and that she may reject. You can feel her confusion and hesitation; it’s real and it’s painful. It’s somewhat like what #WalkAway founder Brandon Straka said in the video where he told his change story. At the beginning of Straka’s voicing of a single mild non-PC possibility, he wondered something like why are my friends treating me like that? I thought they were my friends. Why are my enemies treating me nicely? Does that mean I’ve gone over to the Dark Side?
Or maybe it’s not the Dark Side?
Navratilova is experiencing the struggle between emotions and logic. She didn’t think there would be such a disagreement between the two. Her friends are leading with emotion, and she wanted to lead with logic. People like James Woods are defending her out of logic, too, not because they love her. And she is discovering the viciousness of the left towards someone who violates the rules of groupthink.
Neo wrote a whole series of posts about her “leaving the fold” experience which are archived at her website and well worth a gander.
This whole Navratilova deal reminded me of my own Conversion Story which I wrote about way back when this joint was still Hot Gas.
My story is here,
I have a warm spot in my Deplorable Heart for Neo; we emailed a bit about the travails of moving from Left to Right back in 2002-2003.
She was a great help as I dealt with my own acquisition of New Pariah status after I, er, transitioned.
As for Martina Navratilova, you go grrrl, and say hi to Saul for me when you run into him…