CNN Anchor Christopher Cuomo took to Twitter this week to express his unhappiness with President Trump rescinding the Obama administration’s directive on transgender students using the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity instead of the sex they were assigned at birth.
Other users began responding to Cuomo’s comments. One asked him, “what do you tell a 12 year old girl who doesn’t want to see a penis in the locker room?” Cuomo quoted the tweet and responded, “i [sic)] wonder if she is the problem or her overprotective and intolerant dad? teach [sic] tolerance.” With this response, Cuomo implied that any girl who would be uncomfortable with the presence of male anatomy in the girls’ locker room was raised by a father who had sheltered her and taught her to dislike people who were different than her.
Writing at the National Review, David French called Cuomo’s comments “one of the strangest tweet exchanges I’ve ever seen.” He then used Cuomo’s comments to show the dramatic change that has taken place in American society in recent years.
“Not long ago, if school policies purposefully exposed girls to male genitals, they’d be subject to a backbreaking sexual harassment lawsuit. Suddenly, however, “tolerance” looks a lot like indecent exposure, and indecent exposure is what freedom looks like. This is beyond strange. I’m certain Cuomo would still object to a member of the football team walking straight into a girl’s locker room and disrobing, but he not only doesn’t object to the exact same anatomical features if they’re attached to a trans “girl,” he condems [sic] those who feel uncomfortable.”
When Cuomo faced pushback over his assertions, he blamed the readers for failing to understand his point. He told one responder, “you want to twist my words because you don’t believe in gender equality.”
French concluded the lesson those who oppose the unfettered march of the sexual revolution can learn from this exchange is that “We used to be told that boys and girls should be shielded from unwelcome sexual images. Now we’re told that they can be exposed to genitalia even over their strenuous objection, and they’re intolerant if they argue otherwise. Extraordinary.”