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One Conservative Pundit’s Question About Women Is Dividing America

The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh took the culture war over sex and gender to a new level this week with the release of his documentary “What Is a Woman?”

SO WHAT

Conservatives are getting serious about building an alternative culture in opposition to the increasingly woke mainstream.

WHAT HAPPENED

After “What Is a Woman” was released Wednesday behind The Daily Wire paywall, clips from the movie caused a stir on Twitter — with much of the focus on comments Walsh elicited from advocates of progressive gender ideology.

“Some women have penises, some men have vaginas.”

“Does a chicken have gender identity? Does a chicken cry?”

“You keep invoking the word ‘truth,’ which is condescending and rude.”

ON THE OTHER HAND: Walsh contrasted “the evasiveness and defensiveness from the ‘experts'” with the “openness and honesty” of interviewee Scott Newgent, a transgender activist against “gender-affirming” medical treatment for minors.

“We have five children’s hospitals in the United States telling girls that they can be boys at $70K a pop, in a surgery that has a 67% complication rate.”

WHAT THEY SAID

A polemic delivered with a heavy dose of snark, “What Is A Woman?” was generally ignored of denounced as “transphobic” by liberals and praised by conservatives.

The premiere also triggered a distributed denial of service attack on The Daily Wire website, which the publisher quickly capitalized on for yet more publicity, followed by a Walsh victory lap.

WHERE WE’RE HEADED

The Daily Wire, a popular online tabloid, has been expanding beyond the news in an ambitious attempt to capitalize on growing conservative discontent with American popular culture.

  • Walsh’s children’s book, “Johnny the Walrus,” published in April by DW Books, was the best-selling book on Amazon across all categories that month.
  • The Daily Wire’s first feature film, “Terror on the Prairie,” a Western starring “canceled” Hollywood actress Gina Carano, is coming June 14.
  • In March, The Daily Wire unveiled Jeremy’s Razors, a home delivery service for men’s razors to rival left-leaning incumbent Harry’s Razors.

Woke corporations pay “no price” for dismissing conservatives because there are so few non-woke alternatives, Daily Wire CEO Jeremy Boreing told his co-founder, Ben Shapiro, in a radio interview at the time.

  • “I believe, in the long run, the only way to change the behavior of these big companies is to actually incentivize them with market forces into having to come compete for our business. They have to actually take a loss to realize that they have to change their behavior,” Boreing said.
  • “Conservatives aren’t going to win by lamenting the loss of the culture, lamenting the loss of the economy. We have to actually go create a new economy, we have to create a new culture.”

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