Ben Shapiro recently visited the campus of Ferris State University in Michigan and had a fascinating exchange with a student about transgenderism.
Shapiro’s position is that calling yourself another gender doesn’t make it true. He also posits that his main problem with this issue is proponents trying to force him to deny reality and play along.
Christian Datoc of The Daily Caller has the story:
Ben Shapiro Uses Age To Counter Transgender Argument — ‘Why Aren’t You 60?’ [VIDEO]
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro used age to blow holes in the transgenderism argument during a recent appearance at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.
Shapiro — after arguing with a young woman about how “gender is not disconnected from sex” — decided to pick a comparable category to prove his point.
“Let me ask you this. I won’t ask you how old – I will ask you how old you are, because you’re young enough that it’s probably not insulting to ask you,” he posed to the young woman, who responded, “I’m 22, so I’m probably a little bit naive, right?”
No,” he continued. “Why aren’t you 60? Why aren’t you 60? Why can’t you identify as 60? What is the problem with you identifying as 60?”
“It’s not the same as gender,” the young woman countered. “You can’t just…”
“You’re right!” Shapiro shot back.
Here’s the video:
The Ferris State student newspaper, Torch, covered the event:
Ferris’ College Republicans invited political analyst and TV host Ben Shapiro to campus, marking the largest five-star event in recent history.
More than 500 people attended the event, and it wasn’t just Ferris students. Individuals from Big Rapids High School, Grand Valley State University, Detroit and even Indiana were present.
The University Center ballroom was completely full and many people were left standing Monday night, Feb. 6. There was also a heavy police presence with both local and state officers lining the room as well as more than eight police vehicles parked outside.
Andrew Kapanowski, secretary of Ferris’ College Republicans and business administration senior attended one of Shapiro’s events at another college and wanted to bring him to Ferris State.
After working with Student Government, the Young Americas Foundation and local businesses, Kapanowski found a way to afford Shapiro’s $15,000 booking fee.
Shapiro’s speech lasted for nearly 35 minutes, preceding a question and answer session that went on for nearly two hours.
“I have never heard of Ben Shapiro, so I was interested in coming to find out about his political leanings,” said Ferris political economic junior Justin Austin. “I was pleasantly surprised because many of his views that were talked about were liberal.”
Shapiro encouraged those that had opposing views to come up first to have a debate.
“[Universities] are in a lot of trouble because indoctrination has taken precedence over education,” Shapiro said.
According to Kapanowski, Shapiro is a conservative speaker, but enjoys having a constructive discussion with those that disagree.
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