Berkeley professor Khiara Bridges woke-scolded Senator Josh Hawley on Tuesday for questioning why she used the term “people with a capacity for pregnancy” rather than women.
“You’ve referred to people with a capacity for pregnancy, would that be women?” Hawley asked.
Bridges ripped off her face mask and responded: “Many women, cis women, have the capacity for pregnancy, many cis women do not have the capacity for pregnancy, um, there are also trans men who are capable of pregnancy as well as non binary people who are capable of pregnancy.”
“I want to recognize that your line of questioning is transphobic and, um, it opens up trans people to violence,” Bridges said.
“Wow, you’re saying that I’m opening up people to violence by asking whether or not women are the folks who can have pregnancies?” Hawley responded.
“Because denying that trans people exist and pretending not to know that they exist is dangerous!” Bridges said.