The Pulitzer Prizes embraced the transgender agenda in a major way this year by awarding transgender “woman” Andrea Long Chu with the prize for criticism, recognizing “her” book reviews that have appeared in Vox Media-owned New York magazine and its site, Vulture.
But since the awards were announced this month, Chu’s win has spawned a growing backlash among women who have expressed both bewilderment and disgust, especially over Chu’s past writings in which he has claimed that anyone can be a woman and and described how pornography addiction led to his desire to become a “woman.”
“Sissy porn did make me trans,” Chu once wrote.
New York and Vulture’s @andrealongchu wins the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for criticism https://t.co/CqBedLRvIv
— Vulture (@vulture) May 8, 2023
Others are objecting to how the Pulitzers have effectively elevated Chu to an authority figure on womanhood and feminism — two of his favorite subjects — despite the fact that Chu has never been female. Some have even dismissed Chu has a glorified sexual fetishist and female imposter.
“The truth is, I have never been able to differentiate liking women from wanting to be like them,” he also wrote.
So who is Andrea Long Chu?
For starters, Chu is a heterosexual man who identifies as a woman, though he has called himself a “trans lesbian.” By one account, the Duke University and NYU graduate’s birth name was Andrew. Even before joining New York magazine in 2021, he was a darling of the cultural elite due to this essays on feminism and gender transitioning.
He has appeared in Vogue magazine as well as woke model Emily Ratajkowski’s podcast, during which he held forth on the nature of sexual desire.
What is the purpose of flirting?
Writer, critic and all-around cool person @andrealongchu chats with Emily this week on High Low w/ @emrata 💗https://t.co/fs4SjUDNKU pic.twitter.com/nKeLXGIedU
— Sony Podcasts (@SonyPodcasts) December 20, 2022
Chu’s writing is often convoluted and abstruse, like a junior varsity version of Judith Butler but with a flare for cheap provocation.
He received wide acclaim for his 2019 book Females in which he delves into detail about what kinds of porn he likes to masturbate to. One of his favorite genres is “sissy porn,” which involves men wearing women’s underwear and being forced into submissive or feminine roles.
“Sissy porn did make me trans,” he wrote in the book. “At the center of sissy porn lies the asshole, a kind of universal vagina through which femaleness can always be accessed.”
Chu also argued that being a woman isn’t biological or even genetic but rather an “existential condition.”
“Everyone is female,” he wrote in the book’s first page. “Femaleness is not an anatomical or genetic characteristic of an organism but rather a universal existential condition, the one and only structure of human consciousness.”
In another passage clearly meant to provoke, Chu lamented the ways in which the culture has debased women to the “barest essentials” of “femaleness” — “an open mouth, an expectant asshole, blank, blank eyes.”
“Getting fucked makes you female because fucked is what a female is.”
“Getting fucked makes you female because fucked is what a female is.” – Andrea Long Chu
Shame on you @PulitzerPrizes https://t.co/6ZaCYN7LWi
— Kara Dansky (@KDansky) May 10, 2023
“Gender ideology is destroying critical faculties, allowing misogyny into the mainstream in a prettified new costume” | @polblonde https://t.co/oUfC5bglZc
— UnHerd (@unherd) May 11, 2023
In an interview with Vogue, Chu described his provocational style as “not just trolling” — an admission that, at a basic level, his writing does fit the definition of trolling, though he would quibble that there is also a deeper purpose.
Before joining New York magazine, Chu wrote for numerous literary publications, including the site n+1.
In one n+1 essay, he wrote about his experience undergoing “bottom surgery” to remove his penis and create an artificial vagina.
“On the eve of the operation, I held a small celebration on the second floor of a Brooklyn pub,” he recalled.
“I’d spent weeks looking for a new dress. ‘Miss Andrea Long Chu asks that you join her and her loved ones at a funeral for her dick,’ read the invitations. Funeral attire was advised. When I arrived, I discovered that one guest had combed the party store for all the balloon letters needed to spell out HAPPY NEW VAGINA.”
Later, “a dear friend called me to the front of the room and presented me with a gender reveal cake, which she invited me to cut. It was pink. I was safe.”
As for his politics, Chu once argued — again, with seemingly deliberate provocation — that then-President Donald Trump may be suffering from gender dysphoria.
oops did i call donald trump a girl in new york magazine? pic.twitter.com/LxYFuIpLgv
— wife of the mind (@andrealongchu) February 7, 2019
“He is, after all, an abortive man, a beta trapped in an alpha’s body,” he wrote, before bizarrely and falsely accusing Trump of shooting up a school.
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