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Bette Midler enrages trans activists by supporting women

6 July 2022

7:00 AM

6 July 2022

7:00 AM

You can never be ‘Woke’ enough.

It’s like gambling. Actors, politicians, and businesses – they all attempt to play the social justice game, attracted by the promise of an engaged audience, loyal customers, and a shiny virtue reputation. But what they’re really playing is Russian Roulette with live rounds in the chamber.

Yesterday, Bette Midler made the ultimate faux pas.

As a Democrat actress and performer raised in the era of peak feminism, she naturally took to Twitter in support of the pro-abortion movement.

Bette Midler was one of many women online voicing their outrage surrounding America’s Independence Day celebration, but poor Bette Midler forgot that there is a victimhood hierarchy – and women are not at the top of the podium.

‘WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights over our bodies, our lives and even of our name! They don’t call us “women” anymore; they call us “birthing people” or “menstruators”, and even “people with vaginas”! Don’t let them erase you! Every human on earth owes you!’

Her mistake?

Bette Midler took issue with ‘inclusive language’ that has been used by trans activists to effectively erase and demean women and girls.

Women across the West have complained that this dehumanising practice is harmful, particularly when it occurs in a maternity ward where vulnerable soon-to-be mothers are reduced to terms like ‘breeders’. The majority of women, when anyone bothers to ask, fiercely object to fringe trans activists invading their spaces with a list of demands.

Culture is turning, with transwomen (biological men) finally banned from most women’s sport. In the UK, building regulations are being changed to ensure women have access to gender-exclusive bathrooms.

Perhaps that is why the backlash against Midler was extra vicious. Celebrities, journalists, activists, and the mob at large immediately set to calling Midler a ‘TERF’ (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) which is a common slur thrown at women.

Conservatives (and particularly author JK Rowling) are used to this kind of social media witch-burning, but Bette Midler is ‘one of them’ – she’s an anointed member of the Woke and praised ally to the LGBTQ+ community. She pins rainbows to her clothes and engages in crowd-pleasing anti-Trump tirades.

It’s not an empty performance either. Midler’s career found its beginnings in a gay bathhouse in the early 1970s where she was given the nickname ‘Bathhouse Betty’ – something she followed up on twenty years later by taking a prominent role in the gay rights movement.

To be fair, gay rights in the 90s didn’t bring it into conflict with women’s rights.

Nostalgia for this time brought Midler back to the Bathhouse with her recent album, It’s the Girls where she lamented the loss of the gay movement’s alternate feel, saying:

‘The extreme characters you used to see in the Village in the old days, you just don’t see them anymore, and I really do miss them because there was a feeling I used to get that people were expressing themselves in the most elaborate of ways. Now the [gay community] has kind of gone mainstream. It’s sort of ordinary now, and a little bit of the specialness has rubbed away. It used to be the love that dared not speak its name and now it’s the love that won’t shut the f**k up.’

They certainly haven’t ‘shut up’. Screeching comments continue to pour in every second from verified ‘blue-tick’ accounts.

Reading them, it must be remembered that this isn’t some Twitter-specific ideology. It is a reflection of an increasing portion of society.


Aside from the prevalence of racism and sexism – there appears to be an overriding sense of attention deprivation syndrome.

Roe v. Wade is not about the trans community. This is about pregnant women, regardless of what side of the fence you sit on, but some activists refuse to allow women to have their moment – they have hijacked the conversation. It is a behaviour that is angering women and will create another irreparable tear in progressive politics.

Trans activists, through their tweets, have demonstrated an inability to recognise that their demands on language can be hurtful to women or that their activism has caused harm to others through its lack of empathy. Calling women ‘cis’ is, in and of itself, offensive. It is hateful. It is bullying women out of their rightful language.

Why should the average woman respect trans pronouns when the trans community refuses to respect the very concept of a woman?

Yesterday’s tweet was not Bette Midler’s first mistake. Social media has a goldfish-complex and has forgotten her previous transgression back in August of 2016 when she was forced to apologise for tweeting:

‘Now that @IamCait [Caitlyn Jenner] has been cancelled, will she go back to being Bruce? Will Kris take him back? Do I smell a re-wedding?!’

Bette Midler is unlikely to change. On this issue of women – that’s a good thing. But the next generation of women are fighting for their right to simply exist in language.

Forget Roe vs. Wade. The harm caused by trans activism on the female gender must be undone so that the West can return to some sense of biological reality and social normalcy that allows women to keep their spaces, their careers, their achievements, and their language.

Otherwise, what did women fight for?

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