Playboy have announced their first ever transgender Playmate
In a gigantic change meant to move Playboy into new territory, the magazine has announced its first transgender Playmate for the November 2017 issue. The model, Inea Rau, had a conversation with the magazine where she told readers about herself: “Being a woman doesn’t mean being extremely feminine all the time. Being a woman is just being a woman.”
“I always knew from within, when I was a little kid in my room in the ghetto, that a beautiful destiny was waiting for me. I don’t know how to explain it. A little voice was telling me, ‘You’ll see. Patience.’ ”
Rau also cares about a multitude of social causes, and is an individual when it comes to what she values:
“I will always fight for LGBTQ rights and women’s rights, but above everything else, my cause is the environment. Nothing touches me more than fighting against global warming. I was made to fight for the planet—the forest, the animals, the air. If I get famous, that’s my first battle.”
However, as expected, this is going to be the next wedge issue in the culture wars. Ah, the unending culture wars, between progressivism and social conservatism. They just don't end. They really don't. And now, Playboy and Rau will be right at the center of the flame wars online.
On Twitter, the Playboy article received some extremely transphobic comments, accusing Rau of being a man, and not a woman at all, despite transitioning into a women during surgery.
But, others had more supportive comments:
Two of our competing views had a bit of an exchange:
Honestly, this entire debate is just fraught with ideological confusion. You mean to tell me me that she is not a woman? That this person is not a woman?
What makes a woman? If someone looked like Tom Brady, but they had a vagina, would you not consider them a man if they approached you and struck up a conversation? Biological sex is real, but that is precisely why Inea Rau transitioned into a woman. She was a woman trapped in a man's body, as that common phrase goes, and she changed her biology to match her female brain.
That concept is rather straightforward - you are born male, but your brain is female. Of course, you must accommodate the flesh to reflect who you truly are. The fact that this is so looked down-upon leads me to believe that people just aren't prepared to face a world where the human body is in flux, and its appearance not set in solid stone.
As we move into a future of cybernetic enhancements, virtual reality and the editing of our own DNA, human beings will have more and more control over how we appear. Our bodies are just our bodies - they can be changed, at the biological, genetic level. By the time 2100 rolls around, a transgender woman will be the least of our concerns. In fact, it will be positively 'normal' to everybody. But what is 'normal', anyway, in a world where apes have created digital worlds and cities out of nothing? Humans have always sculpted the world around us. Now we sculpt ourselves as well.