To have an impostor

They just don’t see it. They just don’t see that it’s her idenniny, and thus unassailable.

Among those quoted by CBC was Janet Smylie, a health academic of Métis heritage at the University of Toronto, who wrote a chapter in a 2017 book on Indigenous parenting edited by Bourassa.

Smylie told the broadcaster she had done her own research into Bourassa’s ancestry. “It makes you feel a bit sick,” she said. “To have an impostor who is speaking on behalf of Métis and Indigenous people to the country about literally what it means to be Métis … that’s very disturbing and upsetting and harmful.”

But it’s her iden

Ok I’ll drop the sarcasm now and ask straight up: if this is unacceptable then why is it not merely acceptable to claim to be a woman when you’re a man, but so approved and embraced and proselytized that we’re punished for not believing the claim?

The differences between human populations are pretty trivial compared to the differences between women and men. There’s one overarching difference without which none of us would exist to have differences: the different role in making more of us.

The differences between people of indigenous ancestry and people of settler ancestry are superficial. The differences between women and men are basic. So why is it that we’re being harangued and bullied and punished into pretending to believe that men are women if they say they are, while people who make false claims to being indigenous are seen as shocking frauds? Why are women who pretend to be black or indigenous punished while men who pretend to be women are stunning and brave? Why is one an impostor and the other a star?

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