A Few Questions by Julie Arduini

I admit this post might seem random, not one of my best, but honestly, this topic is on my mind and there’s a lot I don’t understand. Usually that makes me hit the brakes when it comes to writing, but this time, I feel like I’m meant to share.

Maybe others are confused.

Maybe others are not, but something I write strikes a chord and it’s confirmation.

God knows.

I’m not a beer drinker, and when I was, I didn’t love the taste. So Bud Light hasn’t lost a dime off me because most likely they never got one off me, either. Yet there’s much about the Bud Light controversy featuring Dylan Mulvaney I don’t understand.

First of all, feminists, where are you? Your silence is deafening. I’m not a feminist but I’ve been known to speak up when I felt my gender was being maligned. Females still make less than men. It is only in the last five years, I believe, women in the Middle East were given permission to drive and remove their head covering. Sports for women doesn’t receive the accolades or respect that the men get.

Don’t you think one of your voices should be featured on a brand product? The executive spear heading the Bud Light marketing transition said before Dylan’s face appeared that she (the exec) wanted to get away from the fratty image Bud Light was apparently known for. Okay, so why not use a female influencer?

I know I might be upsetting some by not including Dylan as said influencer, but from my reading, even the trans community is taking issue with Mulvaney. I’m not going to pretend to understand everything but apparently if you are going to adopt a different gender, it needs to be an all-in process. So if you were born a male, the parts need to go and everything needs to change, voice, everything. The trans community submits this is something Mulvaney has failed to do and if I read correctly, doesn’t plan on doing more than done. So there’s even division among the very segment Bud is trying to highlight and recruit.

Bud isn’t the only product Dylan is currently endorsing. Right now I’m sure Mulvaney is enjoying an improvement in finances and perks. Yet, I also read that in the 365 digital journal of transition, Dylan lamented they have yet to be kissed in this new identity. When I look at ads, sure, there’s a smile, but it seems sad. Another question is anyone without an agenda looking out for Dylan when the money and attention go away? There are rising voices from de-transitioners who share the physical and mental toll the transition took that no one warned them about. Their bodies mutilated, their mental health hijacked. I hope these products truly care about the person behind the smile. Shame on them if they don’t.

I’m not a counselor or an executive, but I’m a praying person with a decent track record when it comes to God’s wisdom and discernment. When it comes to the identity crisis Gen Z is under, I’ve yet to meet one person who didn’t come to that life announcement without a wound. Either they were physically or emotionally abused, or worse. There was a significant trauma or loss. If those categories aren’t checked, and 95% of the time in my amateur dealings, that’s the case, then it’s college influence. Professors not teaching, but pushing their own lifestyle./preferences on vulnerable kids.

That’s what I wonder about as I hear about the controversy. I don’t have all the answers. I don’t hate anyone involved. I am concerned, for a few reasons, listed above.

I guess I’ll have a chocolate milk, my drink of choice when I try to figure out the world’s problems, and pray.

About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the new contemporary romance series SURRENDERING HEARTS (Anchored Hearts, Repairing Hearts, +four more.) Her other romance series is SURRENDERING TIME (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged.) She also co-wrote a YA series with her daughter, SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ (You’re Beautiful, You’re Amazing, You’re Brilliant.) Her stand-alone romances include MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. Julie maintains a blog at juliearduini.com and participates in the team blog Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://linktr.ee/JulieArduini.
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