'Did she just admit gender is biological?': Astonishment after Ketanji Jackson says she CANNOT define 'woman'

Jackson, 51, refused to define the word "woman" during the second day of her confirmation hearings conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee


                            'Did she just admit gender is biological?': Astonishment after Ketanji Jackson says she CANNOT define 'woman'
Ketanji Jackson (L) refused to define the word "woman" while being questioned by Marsha Blackburn (R) during SCOTUS confirmation hearings (C-SPAN)
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President Joe Biden's Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson was mocked on social media after she refused to define the word "woman" during the second day of her confirmation hearings conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The shocking response came during a heated exchange between Senator Marsha Blackburn and Jackson when the Tennessee Republican pressed the SCOTUS hopeful on sex and gender issues in the wake of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas's record-breaking victory in the NCAA championships against a group of biologically female contenders.

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Sen. Blackburn quoted the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who said, "Physical differences between men and women are enduring. The two sexes are not fungible. A community made up exclusively of one sex is different from a community composed of both." Blackburn then asked Jackson, "Do you agree with Justice Ginsburg that there are physical differences between men and women that are enduring?" But the judge said she had never heard the quote, prompting the GOP senator to ask her directly, "Can you define the word 'woman'?" Jackson, a former Vice-Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission, responded, "Can I provide a definition? No, I can't," adding, "I'm not a biologist."

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Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson poses for a photo in Capitol Hill on March 09, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

 

Following her staunch refusal to answer, Blackburn said, "The fact that you can't give me a straight answer about something as fundamental as what a woman is, underscores the dangers of the kind of progressive education that we are hearing about. Just last week, an entire generation of young girls watched as our taxpayer-funded institutions permitted a biological man to compete [against] and beat a biological woman in the NCAA women's swimming championships," the senator explained, referring to trans swimmer Thomas. "What message do you think this sends to girls?" she asked.

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"I'm not sure what message that sends," Jackson replied, refraining from sharing her views on the issue. "If you're asking me about the legal issues related to it, those are topics that are being hotly discussed, as you say, and could come to the Court, so I'm not able to address them," she added.

 


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The SCOTUS nominee was mocked and excoriated on social media for not being able to define a "woman" despite making history as the first black woman nominated for the nation's highest court.

"Ketanji Brown Jackson can discuss in fine detail why a child predator’s kiddie porn collection really isn’t that serious and why they should be let off with a light sentence," Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted, "but she can’t define “woman” so can’t say for sure whether her own two daughters are women."

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"Wait did Ketanji Brown Jackson really say that the definition of 'woman' is something to do with biology? What a vicious transphobic slur! Democrats must withdraw her nomination immediately there is no place for such bigotry and hate on our nation's highest court!" wrote Fox host Steve Hilton, brimming with sarcasm.

"Biden promised to nominate a black woman but never consulted a biologist to determine whether, in fact, Ketanji Brown Jackson is a woman. This feels like another broken promise," columnist Frank J. Fleming added.

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"Whether she realizes it or not, by declaring, 'I’m not a biologist,' Ketanji Brown Jackson is tacitly admitting that gender is biological and that biology is both the starting point and ending point in defining what a ‘woman’ (or ‘female’) is. She knows the truth—as do we all," author Darrell B. Harrison offered.

"Fwiw, Ketanji Brown Jackson knows EXACTLY what a "woman" is. So do most leftists. So do the vast majority of people on the planet. It's just that about half of them have bought into the lie that we aren't allowed to say it anymore," podcaster Brittany Hughes chimed in. 
 

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