Your fantasy is not our fantasy

Bizarre male tv presenter says India Willoughby is “recognizably, and I think, as far as I know, is legally a woman.”

Recognizably? How? He doesn’t mean “recognizably”; he means something like convincingly. Those are very different things. Yes, some photos of Willoughby make him look quite a bit like a woman, but he’s not recognizable as a woman because he isn’t a woman.

The difference in meaning is matched by the difference in fact. Yes India Willoughby pretends to be a woman; no that does not make India Willoughby a woman. Anybody can pretend to be anything; the imagination is a fine thing; pretending to be X is not the same thing as being X. Willoughby’s fantasies about himself are not binding on the rest of us.

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