What Is A Woman?

In a viral exchange between conservative commentator Matt Walsh and a man with long, curly hair who calls himself a trans woman, the latter declares that multiple people in his life – a Japanese person, women from the “reservation,” coworkers and bosses, immigrants – remind him on a daily basis that he is, in fact, a woman.

By Gina Florio6 min read
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“All of these people assure me I’m a woman,” he said with confidence. They tell him there’s no way he’s a man, as he has all the trappings of a woman. His voice is the quintessential voice of a gay man. He is tall and burly, and he’s wearing a thin, white headband in his hair. Walsh bluntly tells him that he doesn’t pass as a woman and that anyone can tell that he’s a man. 

After they go round and round in circles, unable to agree on anything, Walsh concludes with a final question: What is a woman? 

“Gender is a social thing,” the man begins, but he is quickly shut down, and Walsh refuses to accept “a woman is somebody who is included and respected and seen and participates in society recognized by other women.” 

What Is a Woman?

This question has become the most entertaining bait that helps expose the utterly nonsensical ideology of gender theory in recent years. In his 2022 documentary What Is a Woman?, Walsh asks a variety of people to define what a woman is, and without fail, anyone who supports gender theory either can’t answer it at all or is simply unwilling to even try and answer it. In fact, many of his subjects express anger and high emotions when he asks them this simple question. 

As we watch transgenderism take over our society, it’s no surprise that so few people are willing to define what a woman is. Women’s sports, women’s beauty pageants, even women’s prisons are being infiltrated by men who identify themselves as trans women. Simultaneously, we’re told that trans women are no different than women because, apparently, genitals don’t matter at all when it comes to identifying someone’s gender. Activists, professors, celebrities, and politicians delight in shrieking from the rooftops (often in all caps on X, formerly Twitter): Trans women are women! 

Although we’ve spent most of our lives knowing that the word woman refers to the adult human female, unfortunately, we’re now at a point in our upside-down society when the word requires even further explanation. Walsh’s documentary two years ago keenly highlighted the fact that the wacky gender ideology “experts” and their supporters were unable to define the word. This is what made the whole film so amusing. However, it might be high time to deliver a definition that will end the confusion once and for all.

“A woman is someone who produces eggs,” says Dr. Debra Soh, neuroscientist and author of The End of Gender. “Biological sex is defined by gametes, which are mature reproductive cells. You either produce eggs or sperm; this includes intersex people. Sex isn’t a spectrum, it isn’t socially constructed. It’s really not as complicated as activists and gender ‘experts’ would have you believe.”

Sex is male and female. Anything else is a mutation – a genetic, chromosomal abnormality.

Dr. Taylor Burrowes, retired mental health counselor and family therapist, agrees: “Sex is binary, sex is not fluid, sex does not exist on a spectrum. Sex is male and female. Anything else is a mutation – a genetic, chromosomal abnormality.”

Furthermore, Dr. Burrowes clarifies that a woman is born with two X chromosomes and biological female genitalia, which includes the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, and vagina. Anyone who has to artificially construct any of these body parts is not a woman. 

“However, you’re still a woman if you have a hysterectomy or some other surgery affecting your natural genitalia,” she tells Evie. “You’re not a woman if you were born without female genitalia and two x-chromosomes.” Just because a woman is born with disfigured genitalia doesn’t make her any less of a woman, as outliers don’t disprove the rule.

Although our chromosomes and genitalia make up the foundation of what it means to be a woman, there is much more about being a woman that doesn’t depend on our biology. We recognize that God made both men and women uniquely and complementarily and that we bring different spiritual gifts to the world that, although not necessarily quantifiable through science and data, are crucial to the balance and well-being of the world. Men bring groundedness and steadiness to the world, which is reflected in their 24-hour hormone cycle. Each and every day, they’re the same hormonally, which means emotionally. Their testosterone rises and falls at the same time every day. A woman, on the other hand, has a hormone cycle of roughly 28 days (give or take a couple of days, depending on the woman), which means she generally has different emotional experiences throughout the month. We need the yin and yang of both men and women to bring harmony to the world.

While men are designed to be providers and protectors, women are designed to bring beauty into the world and to nurture. We also have general personality differences that have been proven through decades of research, although peer-reviewed research isn’t even necessary to determine these general differences. Spend even just a little time with a man or a woman, and you’ll find that men tend to be more interested in objects than people, women tend to be more concerned with compassion than competition, and men are more inclined to be aggressive while women are more likely to be emotionally sensitive. 

A man, no matter how much surgery he gets and how many dresses he wears, will not be able to fill a woman’s role in matters of family, parenting, and even friendship. There is a sacred, unquantifiable bond between women. We share something unique. We have shared experiences that are not rooted in the materialist frame that is used by amoral progressives who live by gender theory. Men and women are created differently. To deny this and claim that the roles can be exchanged is a transgression against nature and a distortion of creation. 

When anyone criticizes trans-identified males and their infiltration of women’s spaces, without fail, there are trans activists or their supporters who then turn around and attack biological women’s physical beauty. They claim that trans-identified males are more beautiful, and that’s why actual women are jealous. But this in and of itself cheapens what it means to be a woman. A person’s womanhood is not determined by how physically beautiful she is on a scale of traditional beauty. It’s something much, much deeper than that, which is why it’s futile for trans-identified males to spend so much money on surgeries and procedures. It doesn’t matter how much you appear to be a woman. That will never change who you are on the inside. 

Why Is It So Important To Define What a Woman Is?

A common response you hear from trans activists is that language evolves, and it shouldn’t matter whether there are concrete definitions in regard to men and women. Why can’t we just let people be who they want to be? 

“I think it’s important to be accurate and precise with our language because any deviation from the true definition of ‘woman’ has real-world implications downstream,” Dr. Soh says. “I used to be much more sympathetic to transgender activism; I was not as much of a stickler regarding the use of the word ‘woman,’ and was happy to consider trans women as women in social interactions because I wanted to be respectful. However, in the last several years, I’ve seen how the expansion of the word ‘woman’ to include individuals who were not born female has been exploited by antisocial, manipulative, and predatory individuals. Furthermore, this exploitation is being written into policy and law in ways that disadvantage, and in some cases, put women in potentially unsafe and abusive situations, as we see when gender self-identification supersedes sex in sports, gender-neutral washrooms, and prisons.”

Sex is indeed binary, and gender is directly related to sex, and it’s important to acknowledge this simple fact, regardless of how much it may undercut the foundation of gender ideology. This is not about taking “rights” away from trans-identified people. It’s not about humiliating them or making them feel like they are any less worthy as a human being. It’s about honoring language and biology so that we are able to live in a civilized, fully functioning society that doesn’t bend over backward for fleeting ideologies that seek to uproot the entirety of our culture. 

Trying to invalidate the foundation of objective truth, which life is based on, will dismantle our attachment to order in its most basic form.

“Legitimizing the subjective reality of gender identity leads to the destruction of our ability to communicate as a human race,” Dr. Burrowes adds. “There are epistemological facts that reality is based on that allow for the existence of subjective experience. Trying to invalidate the foundation of objective truth, which life is based on, will dismantle our attachment to order in its most basic form, resulting in a world of primitive chaos, thus devolving our species to madmen and madwomen.”

Trans people demanding a revision of the definition of sex and gender is “not based on scientific merit born out of evolutionary necessity,” according to Dr. Burrowes. 

“Women have the biological imperative to carry and birth children, men carry the seed which fertilizes life,” she continues. “Both are sacred purposes and should not be reduced to synthetic functions facilitated by technological advances.” 

If we have any hope of maintaining a society that honors both men and women, and creates a culture where they thrive and are able to build strong, successful families, we must acknowledge the inherent differences between the genders. 

Why Does the Trans Movement Specifically Target Womanhood?

There’s no denying that the rising popularity of transgenderism is directed mostly in the direction of women. We’re seeing women’s spaces being infiltrated much more often than men’s. J.K. Rowling, the renowned author of the Harry Potter series, highlights this often on her social media, insisting that women are the ones who are suffering the most from the ever-expanding gender theory. 

“Gender ideology and today’s trans movement absolutely target women more than men because the most aggressive, hostile, and unhinged activists are usually trans women,” Dr. Soh confirms. “For trans women, there are two reasons why they will choose to transition – they are either sexually attracted to men and want to attract masculine partners (pre-transition, they would be considered gay men), or they have a paraphilia (an unusual sexual interest) called autogynephilia, which involves sexual arousal at the thought of having a woman’s body and partaking in stereotypical female behavior.”

Autogynephilia is a term used to describe a condition in which a male-bodied individual is sexually aroused by the thought or image of himself as a woman. This phenomenon, classified as a paraphilia, suggests a mental mapping error where sexual desire is internalized and oriented toward the self, as explained by childhood development expert Masha Jagasdottir. The individual seeks complete control over the “woman” embodied within him, often seeking public validation by infiltrating female spaces.

Such behavior can be deeply distressing and antisocial, according to Jagasdottir, drawing parallels with other severe paraphilias like zoophilia and pedophilia. Many men identifying as autogynephilic have come forward as trans, demanding societal acceptance. However, it's uncertain how many self-proclaimed trans women are indeed autogynephilic. The term “transgender” has inadvertently incorporated many who grapple with autogynephilia, as per Walt Heyer, a detransitioner who defines autogynephilia as a condition where a man, adorned as a woman, finds the female reflection in the mirror to be the object of his sexual desire.

Autogynephilia is surprisingly common in society.

“Autogynephilia is surprisingly common in society and was one of my areas of expertise during my time as an academic sex researcher (as a neuroscientist, I was conducting brain imaging research to better understand human sexuality),” Dr. Soh tells Evie. “There are many individuals who have autogynephilia who do not spend their days angrily demanding to be let into women’s spaces. But of those who are, who are essentially requiring society to accept them as no different from women, I think they are coming from a place of shame and self-loathing because they have this erotic interest.”

As the fight against transgenderism continues, we see more and more people who are willing to stand up against it. Dr. Burrowes sees this issue as less of an attack on women per se, but as an attack on humanity and social order in general. She says it’s important to defend truth and objective reality. 

“Stand up and declare, ‘No you’re not a woman, you’re a trans-woman, an artificial woman, a man pretending to be a woman. You may act like a woman, look like a woman and live as a woman, but you’re not a woman. I can accept you as you are, but not as a woman. Stop trying to be what you’re not. You can make believe all you like in your personal life, but in reality, you will never be or have what you want. This is the reality check all humans face: self-acceptance,’” she says. 

Dr. Soh adds, “Don’t allow fear to stop you from speaking up. Fear and silence are how we got to this place, and activists are banking on us staying quiet to further erase women.”

Closing Thoughts

A woman may be an adult human female at her simplest definition, but she’s much more than that – and she’s worth fighting for and protecting. A world that seeks to preserve truth, beauty, and order must aim to honor and safeguard the unique beauty of women.

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