Right-Wing Commentators Attack Intersex Attorney For Bias
August 10, 2011 4:56 pm ET by Carlos Maza
Pajamas Media has been waging a long-time campaign criticizing the Obama administration for its alleged politicization of the Justice Department.
This week, that campaign got a little uglier, with conservative commentators targeting attorney Jaye Sitton, who is intersex (she discusses her experience being born intersex in the DoJ Civil Rights Division’s It Gets Better video), for her alleged liberal worldview.
Hans von Spakovsky, a former Bush appointee who was widely criticized for his efforts to disenfranchise Democratic voters, published a blog post on August 8 listing the “new radicals” recently hired by the Justice Department. Spakovsky attempted to deconstruct each of the new hires’ backgrounds, pointing out examples of partisan bias. As you might expect, his cherry-picking of Sitton’s “résumé” was less than flattering:
Sitton is a member of the “Intersex Society of North America,” an organization “devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.” She also taught a course on “sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, and the law” at the College of William and Mary Law School, and wrote a law review article titled “(De)Constructing Sex: Transgenderism, Intersexuality, Gender Identity and the Law” for the William and Mary Law Journal.
According to Spakovsky, Sitton’s commitment to eliminating the shame and stigma surrounding the lives of intersex people evidence that she is a “partisan activist.” Her experiences discussing and writing about sexual orientation and gender identity also mark her as a far-left ideologue in Spakovsky’s eyes.
J. Christian Adams, another conservative former Justice Department official, launched a similar critique against Sitton on August 9:
Joining Freeman to review any Alaska submission will be Jaye Sitton. Sitton is a donor to Democratic candidates and the resume she submitted to DOJ boldly proclaims she was a volunteer for “Barack Obama’s Campaign for Change.” She is also a member of GAYLAW and the Intersex Society of North America — whatever that is. [emphasis added]
Again, the mere fact that Sitton associates herself with LGBT organizations is used as evidence of her alleged partisan bias.
Not surprisingly, Spakovsky and Adam’s critique is actually part of a larger effort by social conservatives to politicize the lives and experiences of LGBT people. For them, even recognizing that LGBT people are real and deserve to be treated with respect constitutes a “radical” political position.
Whether it’s in public schools, the mainstream media, or the Justice Department, extreme social conservatives continue to view the mere acknowledgement of the LGBT community as an imposition of left-wing ideology.