SOUTH DAKOTA: GOP State Rep Suggests “Visual Inspection” Of Genitalia To Assess Gender Identity

Denouncing “East Coast culture,” GOP South Dakota state Rep. Roger Hunt plans to draft a law requiring a “visual inspection” of genitalia to determine gender identity. Via the the Rapid City Journal:

The battle over how to officially determine someone’s gender arises from a controversy over whether transgender high school students can declare their own gender when participating in sports. A high school athletic group enacted a policy last year that allows students to decide for themselves which gender group they will compete with. But some lawmakers are unhappy with that concept. So, the issue appears poised to carry into the 2016 legislative session, and one possible approach would be a law that may remove a person’s right to decide for themselves. The Legislature’s interim committee dealt with the issue Thursday and requested a draft of a potential state law. The proposal from Rep. Roger Hunt, R-Brandon, would rely on official birth certificates and visual inspections for determining gender rather than allowing people to decide and declare their gender on their own. He said gender is determined at conception and the transgender debate is riding the gay marriage wave. “This is South Dakota. We haven’t adopted the East Coast culture. We haven’t adopted the West Coast culture. We maintain our own culture,” Hunt said.

More from Think Progress:

The legislation is yet another response to the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s decision to make its policies inclusive to trans athletes last year. The current policy requires that parents notify the school of their child’s gender identity and the school collects information from the family, such as parents, friends and teachers, that the student’s gender identity is different than what is listed on their birth certificate or school registration records and receives written verification from a health care professional who can attest to the child’s consistent gender identification and expression. Once a decision is made based on the available records and statements, trans students can participate in sports according to their gender identity for the rest of their high school career. The policy also provides guidance for correct pronoun use and access to locker rooms and bathrooms.

  • GarySFBCN

    Only if we get to inspect his brain for damage first.

    • MarkOH

      I think he has proven he doesn’t have one.

    • Wynter Marie Starr

      No need for an inspection. This statement has given us all the evidence we need.

    • Bad Tom

      All you’ll need is a flashlight to shine in one of his ears and out the other.

      • clay

        like candling an egg.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          infertile and rotten.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Yes! Let’s crack open that egg!

    • David F.

      You’ll need a proctologist for that. After all, that’s where his head’s located.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Even the burnt toast declared it aint me he is smelling.

  • mattdocmartin

    So Roger Hunt is basically a pervert?

    • Marc

      He certainly seems enthused about inspecting the genitalia of underage individuals.

      • David Walker

        He will personally take pictures for the young peoples’ permanent records.

      • bambinoitaliano

        I bet he fab on it everyday thinking about fondling children.

        • ZhyKitty

          Either that, or that man just had a stroke while he was speaking.
          Can you even believe he SAID that??!?
          I bet MANY sets of pearls were clutched in the room when that came out of his mouth.

          • Jeffg166

            He got a woody just thinking about it.

          • ZhyKitty

            I’m sure he did.
            I still can hardly believe he said that out loud and was serious.

          • Kieron

            Assuming he can GET a woody, that is.

          • RoFaWh

            A persistent problem for the GOPpers:

            They put their mouths in gear before engaging their brains.

            N.B. This saying assumes they even have brains, which is highly doubtful.

          • 2karmanot

            Did you say, “brains”?

    • Webslinger

      Yes he is…also shame on the people of South Dakota for electing this idiot…

      Seriously…you can’t make this shit up.

    • Paula

      Well, when you put it that way, yes!

    • NMNative

      My exact first thought! Creepy old perv wanting to check out young trans kids private parts. Ewwwwwwww!

      • bambinoitaliano

        Check his family tree and I’m sure he is less than 6 degree in separation from the duggar. The downfall of inbreeding. Can’t get rid of the pedophilia genes.

        • Christopher

          Clearly Roger Hunt’s family tree has no forks.

          • bambinoitaliano

            Well someone did fork somebody, how else do you explain this forker?

    • Cuberly

      Shhh, it’s part of his South Dakota culture.

      • KCMC

        So many reasons to makes tracks outta SD at 20.
        More SD population leaves than stays.
        And I still flinch at thoughts of returning.

        • Cuberly

          I love areas that are less traveled and really enjoy camping. I’ve camped in both ND and SD. Pretty remote areas but I have to admit I liked the solitude.

          • KCMC

            Yes. Miss that.
            Still rough places not unlike lots of small places, to come up LBGTQ.

        • Robincho

          You followed Rocky Raccoon’s lead… good move!

          • KCMC

            Recall that tune, guitar-playing youth leader sang it to us.

      • RaygunsGoZap

        Yes it is! And here’s their controversial flag celebrating that culture:

    • MBear


    • ColdCountry

      I think he’s too vile for even that label. What he’s talking about would humiliate and demean the kids as well as being garden variety perverted. UGH! I have no words!

    • Chucktech

      You misspelled christian Republican.

    • anne marie in philly

      old white guy wants to get his rocks off inspecting people. hell, he can go work for the TSA! what a dickweed; he needs a REAL job!

    • Captain Jack

      It will probably be the first time he sees a dick or a vagina in his life..

    • bambinoitaliano

      Not if he believe in jeebus.

    • grada3784

      Someone should tell Donald Trump.

      Edit: And I bet his middle name is Mike.

      • Robincho

        Come next Tuesday, I’ll see what you did there…

    • Queequeg

      Certainly seems that way. Time to issue a Duggar alert.

  • Sean

    Wonder how much time he’s spending considering those visual inspections of teenager genitalia.

  • Sam_Handwich

    “This is South Dakota. We haven’t adopted the East Coast culture. We haven’t adopted the West Coast culture. We maintain our own culture,” Hunt said before retreating to his double-wide to greedily finger-rape his 5 year old granddaughter.

    • vorpal

      Can you blame him?
      It’s the only way he can differentiate between his granddaughter and grandson, apparently.

  • rextrek1

    .just cause’ her hasn’t seen his own bird in ages – makes him wanna look at other’s privates!

  • oikos

    An endless cavalcade of crazy.

  • dcurlee

    Let me get this right. The GOP wants smaller govt but can’t seem to stay out of women’s vaginas and now wants to inspect my junk. They get crazier every day

    • SunsetGay

      Read the fine print! They want government small enough so it can fit inside a vagina and in your pants to inspect your privates.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Well, it sounds like he wants to look at children’s junk not adults.

      • ZhyKitty

        We usually tend to consider that a huge no-no.
        We sometimes put people’s names on a list, and even make them post signs in their yards in some states, for perving on naked kids.
        That’s just not okay.

        • RaygunsGoZap

          I meant flood his email with adult junk. I could have been clearer! Eek! 😖

          • ZhyKitty

            LMAO I knew what you meant…. I’m just saying, he’s not asking to see adult genitals.
            He is asking to peek at children’s no-no parts.

        • grada3784

          I don’t know. I was thinking this morning that the average politician these days would have to do quite a bit of climbing to reach the same level of esteem as child molesters.

          Same deal with the zombies on the News Corpse.

    • David Walker

      “The get crazier every day.” You noticed, huh?

      • bambinoitaliano

        Not crazy. Their perversion is showing.

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

    • David F.

      Seems that there are two infinite things in the universe – human stupidity and GOP crazy.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Not your junk he is interested in. It’s the children. That’s the creepy level he has sunk into. Who knew pedophiles wanting to come out.

      • lymis

        Don’t kid yourself. He’ll want to inspect adults next.

  • Roger looks suspiciously like my Auntie Constance. I demand an inspection (although I won’t be the one to do it.)

  • LonelyLiberal

    Honey, if you demand to inspect my junk, I’ll be kicking you in yours. A state-sanctioned violation is still a violation…and I don’t think it’ll stand up in court.

    • ZhyKitty

      Peeping at the genitals of minors is definitely not going to stand up in court.
      People go to prison for that.

  • Sean Taylor

    typical republican perv

  • Sam_Handwich

    ok i got my rubber gloves on

    the line forms over there, boys ——–>

  • Nexus1

    Well there we have it folks, they want to see your ‘hoo hoo’s’ and your ‘pee pee’s’. lol And they have the nerve to call LGBT’s perverts?

  • delk

    Yep. Looking at high school students junk. I guess his big scandal will be hitting the news soon.

  • bkmn

    I grew up in SoDak and this mindset is everywhere. So glad I got away.

  • pj

    nice to know there are great minds trying to figure this out in south dakota…

  • Zero Point

    Department of Homeland Genetalia Inspection: “you may redress ma’am & proceed to the women’s restroom on your your left.”

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Thank god he won’t have to be inspected. We already know he’s a dick

    • Prixator

      But we don’t want to call him a “humongous dick” (although he is).

      Since he’s a Republican, he’ll just take it as a compliment.

  • Bernie Keefe

    This reminds me of that scene from The Borgias where they test the new Pope for testicles.

  • Michael Rush

    “visual inspection” of genitalia ?

    Isn’t Josh Duggar unemployed ?

    • oikos

      He’s going to rehab to learn to be more discreet in violating the rights of children.

      • Herald

        Sadly, that is the extent of his “therapy” there. We know how well that worked last time.

        • David Walker

          True, but he did get pretty good at installing aluminum siding.

          • Chucktech

            I thought it was finish carpentry he was excelling at, just like Jeezy, his LORD and Savior.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Josh whole heartedly agrees with OMM,….think of the children

      • RaygunsGoZap

        While touching thyself! Praise!

      • ZhyKitty

        Oh, he was thinking of the children…he was….

        I think someone ought to inspect his laptop.

  • TexasBoy

    “This is South Dakota. We haven’t adopted the East Coast culture. We haven’t adopted the West Coast culture. We maintain our own culture, (of ignorance and prejudice)” Hunt said.

    Fixed it.

  • CanuckDon

    “This is South Dakota culture. We haven’t adopted East Coast culture.”

    New York City!!!

  • Frederick

    “He said gender is determined at conception…”

    No it isn’t.

    • Gustav2

      Don’t get all sciencey on politicians!

    • clay

      If he believed that (which, btw, is RCC doctrine), he should have called for genetic testing, and paid for it.

    • Chucktech

      He’s only saying that because he’s an ignoramus. He can’t help it.

  • Nexus1

    This law has no shot in hell of standing up in court even if there are enough idiots to pass it in the legislature. For all the fear mongering they try to drum up about men dressed as women going into women’s bathrooms, this man is asking to visually inspect the genitalia of minors! What a disgusting man he is. He’s whining about ‘East coast culture’, but what the hell type of culture is it that wants to inspect children’s bits? I don’t think any state East, West, North or South want to be a part of that culture. The crazy appears to have infected him all the way down to the brain stem. Wow.

    • Mark

      I would think that would qualify as molestation, would it not?

      • Nexus1

        Well after the way so many of them dismissed what Josh Duggar did, I think a lot of fundamentalist don’t have much of a problem with that. It’s freaking crazy that the supposed party of ‘family values’ is now proposing what is basically sexual assault of children all in the name of stopping trans gendered children from being able to have a normal school life? It’s unbelievable, but it’s happening.

      • Gustav2

        The molestation is the punishment for being transgender and wanting to be part of ‘normal’ society.

      • Nathan

        When I started playing football in middle school, a doctor check us out to make sure we were healthy. So they could put it under that category and it’s not molestation.

        • clay

          except this has nothing to do with health or safety.

          • Mark


        • did he visually inspect your sex organs for the purpose of determining you were of the ‘correct’ gender? before you answer, remember there are three doctors in my immediate family and they’ve done these kinds of exams before. also, i’ve had them for sports from my doctors.

          • IamSmartypants

            When I was in middle school in Michigan in the 1970s, they would bring a doctor and nurses into the school to provide all the kids physicals to participate in sports. It was basically an assembly line that culminated in going into the locker room and dropping trou and coughing while the doctor checked your groin for hernia. They didn’t wear gloves or wash their hands between boys and could check 400 of us in a day.

        • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

          I got an exam like that once (“turn your head and cough”). My main thought was trying to avoid getting a hardon. I was in a line of some pretty attractive guys my age (15 or 16 or so) and I was terrified they were gonna do us all at the same time and I would pop a boner. Fortunately, they examined us one at a time.

  • ScottJL

    The people of South Dakota only have themselves to blame for voting this idiot into office.

  • Harley

    Oh yea. I can’t see anything going wrong here. Are they going to have priests do the inspections?

  • HeyBudBoston

    Can people learn that sex and gender are not the same thing? Sex = genitalia, gender = culturally prescribed notions of identity.

    • David Walker

      The Boston in your name indicates you are “East Coast Culture” and therefore there’s no way you could possibly understand the plight the good congress perv is going through.

  • Bj Lincoln

    What is wrong with the current policy? They check to make sure the teen is trans then allow the teen to participate where they feel the most comfortable.
    The old man doesn’t have a clue. Looking at what is between their legs is not just rude, crude and demeaning, it’s not going to tell you what ‘gender’ they really are. Dirty old man.

    • Nexus1

      And it’s set up to deny them the ability to live as their true gender in school because reassignment surgery isn’t even possible until they are at least 18 or 19 and fully grown. It’s a cruel and humiliating way of keeping trans teens from having a full and rich school life. Denying some of our most vulnerable children a venue of acceptance is just cruel and heartless.

    • Herald

      The the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s policy actually displays some though and is very thorough. This politician’s is horrific!

      • ZhyKitty

        As a parent, picture the lynching he would get if he actually tried peeking up a child’s skirt? The parents and the faculty would go bat-bananas.
        He couldn’t possibly have thought about those words before he spoke them…I have a hard time believing that ANYONE could be so Todd Akin…never mind…

        • Herald


    • GC

      That’s worth repeating:
      In the current policy they check to make sure the teen is trans, including “written verification from a health care professional who can attest to the child’s consistent gender identification and expression.”

      (The horror of using actual facts instead of “this kid has a peepee or a hoo-hah”!!)

    • Chucktech

      “Looking at what is between their legs is not just rude, crude and demeaning, it’s not going to tell you what ‘gender’ they really are.”

      This truly speaks to his stultifying ignorance, doesn’t it?

    • Versailles

      I very clearly remember being allowed to play netball and rounders (softball) with the girls through school because I refused to play soccer or rugby. Nobody had to check what was in my pants to allow me to do so. As long as I did something that involved running the staff where happy (after some persuading) to let me get on with it. Who gives a shit otherwise. Pretty sure competitive sports aren’t that high on most trans-people’s lists of gotta-do-that-in-high-school either. Getting through high school is sport enough. What a repugnant little man! I’ll quite happily rip him a new hole to check.

    • lymis

      All the other (in many cases more important) considerations aside, let’s point out that if you have to look at someone’s genitalia to determine that they don’t match the gender they are presenting, then chances are extremely good that nobody is going to be scarred for life peeing in an adjacent bathroom stall to them.

      I think that reasonable precautions need to be taken for the protection of the trans teens when things like high school locker room showers come into the mix. But the Nimrod’s solution wouldn’t’ address that.

  • Ore Carmi

    That’s awful! Trans kids suffer enough humiliation in our society without having to have school officials inspect their genitals.

  • SunsetGay

    Supporters of the bill include Josh Duggar, Bill Cosby, Mark Foley, and Jared Fogle.

    • RobynWatts

      Not to mention every Catholic priest….

      • GC

        We don’t really know how many Catholic priests rape and abuse kids [edit: and how many don’t]. We do know that it happens, that it’s more than one or two “bad apples”, and that church leaders have a horrible record of enabling the abuse, for example by reassigning those priests to new parishes rather than reporting them to civil authorities.

        In most of the other Western religions, clergy are allowed to openly have sexual relationships with other consenting adults, and to be married….

        • Reality.Bites

          Not only allowed, it’s expected.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    Does this idiot really think that cis students are going to fake being transgender? Just to get on a team? Because we all know that transgendered kids have it so fucking easy in life. It’s not like they have to face any bigotry or anything like that.

    • Ore Carmi

      No, he just doesn’t want trams kids to get to live who they are.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Someone should educate him. Some children are born intersex. And gender is not what is between your legs, it’s what’s between your ears.

        • GC

          An analogy that helped educate me: suppose a cisgender man or boy lost his genitals in a terrible accident. He’d still have a strong sense of his gender!

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            There was a very famous case in which one boy in a set of twins had his penis destroyed during circumcision. The parents were advised to bring him up as a girl and they did. Unfortunately, “she” never felt like a girl and always felt male. After he became an adult, he lived life as a male, married, and had children. Except that he was so screwed up from having a gender forced upon him, he committed suicide at a fairly young age.

            This is a case that proves in no uncertain terms that gender is not about genitals. It’s also the reason that doctors stopped assigning a gender for intersexed kids. They’ll let you know if they are boys or girls and then any needed surgery/hormone therapy can be done.

            Your analogy works as well. There are a lot of men coming home from this last little war of ours with damaged genitals. No one would call them women because they no longer have the equipment.

        • Herald

          Someone could try to educate him. Unfortunately some people are beyond that simply because they refuse to admit their ignorance and learn. I have a feeling he is beyond even that sorry state.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            True, Herald, but we still need to try. Sometimes asking a series of logical questions will allow people to see their own stupidity. When that falls, we must then make sure they aren’t in a position of power if at all possible.

          • Reality.Bites

            He’s a hard-right anti-choicer. There’s no reaching him.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            Then we wait for the inevitable and work to get him out of office in the meantime. You’re correct though about hard right wingers. It’s a waste of time and breath to argue with them. Or to educate them. They’ve thrown a hundred layers of epoxy on their brains and whatever they learned in the ’50’s or ’60’s is good enough for them. Nothing else is getting in.

            I’d never heard of this guy before. I always do try though until I’ve been proven wrong. Then I walk away if possible.

    • what would be really interesting is if we stopped segregating genders in sports altogether.

      when i was in the Marine Corps, we had several women who would train with the men. they were near olympic grade runners and martial artists with previous training and for them it just made sense to compete with bodies at their level, in this case big men. when i was in high school, i went to nationals for track and field, and i was not the only woman to outperform some young men.

      there are also boys who might benefit from a little playing time, instead of sitting on the bench all the years of their sports participation. obviously, safety is something that would be a primary concern, but boys and girls grow up playing together when young and people don’t have a problem with that. so it’s not like they haven’t done it before.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        That wouldn’t bother me at all. And it could be workable in certain sports. Especially in the circumstances you’ve mentioned.

        • i’m thinking that there are two benefits, well, three. one would be increasing the participation rates for all students regardless of ability or lack there of. another would be that we could increase safety concerns and precautions in all sports. you just know worrying types would be screaming about how delicate girls are, but this could be used to eliminate dangerous sports practices for males and females alike (i’m looking at you, football and hockey).

          another benefit would be that kids in this generation could see the next step on the path, and realize better than their parents how little gender identity actually matters in the grand scheme of things.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            I like the higher participation rates especially. (Although, law or no law, I know of schools in which some kids don’t have gym even one day a week.) Put boys and girls on the same teams and they learn to work better together as well in other areas. We create these artificial divisions between the sexes and it hurts all of us.

          • GC

            One of my favorite Nancy Lebovitz calligraphic buttons:

            Men are from Earth. Women are from Earth. Deal with it.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            LOL. Gender roles are social constructs. Men might be generally stronger than women (but that is certainly not true across the board) and women are able to give birth, but other than that, we are one species and are all capable of doing what humans can do.

          • David Walker

            Communist pinko socialist tool.

          • GC


            Gender identities are real. Gender roles are artificial constructs.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            Yup, that’s me. And it isn’t even the worst thing I’ve ever been called. My personal favorite has been the devil’s handmaiden. As if! I’m no damn handmaiden.

          • David Walker

            I get that impression. I’m so glad you’ve found JMG. I enjoy reading your comments and your sense of humor is a hoot.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            Thanks, David. I’m glad I found this place as well. It’s a great place filled with lots of lovely people.

          • Not all gender differences are a social construct, some of it is innate.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            There are some differences that are biological in nature. But, when it comes to things like child care or leadership abilities, the things that people think are innate, I disagree. I once had a man tell me that I was unfeminine because I was smart and thought logically. I know a child that was bullied because she was good at science and math and a young man that was bullied because he enjoyed reading and writing.

            As gender roles differ across cultures, you’d have to make a pretty strong argument about which differences are innate and which are social constructs. (Other than the very obvious that women are the ones that carry and birth children.)

            Can you give me an example, Biki? I’m sure I missed something really obvious. The heat is getting to me today. Even with the A/C, it’s bloody hot.

          • Hot? Oh golly gee, I miss hot. Its 34 here today, when you step outside you can see your breath!

            I think gender roles are shite. Any human is capable of doing any task, from the mundane to top level science. We are all born with a capacity for love and nurturing the young, the sick and everyone in between. As we are all unfortunately born with the ability towards cruelty and violence.

            Where I found the gender difference is how differently we process the same material, and how we perceive the world around us. I can pick up a novel and without knowing the name of the author, know if its written by a woman or a man within a few pages. The emotional landscape is different, even if the book is a thriller, or a murder mystery.

            Maybe my gender views are tainted due to looking like-being treated like a girl, when in actuality being a guy.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            I’d take 34 degrees and be grateful right now!

            You are going to the nature vs nurture argument, something that may be impossible to really solve ethically. Do boys and girls process information differently because of exposure to gender norms or are they born with that or is it some combination?

            And, while you do have a unique perspective, that isn’t enough for any general conclusions except for yourself. It’s also an approach. I tend to see most things in terms of culture because of my education. Physics underpins all science and culture underpins most everything having to do with humans. Doesn’t mean I’m right, but it is the way I approach things.

            We are agreed that the important things are not about gender, but about humanity.

          • I worked at a school library and the community library (same building-same materials) for years. And during that time found there are profound differences between choices of reading materials based on the sex of the readers, the sex of the main character wasn’t as important as what was occurring in the story.

            Girls trend towards books with introspection, and boys like more action and less emotional mining. Which led me to believe the reason “little Johnny” doesn’t read, is due to schools picking books that are to feminine in tone. I got boys to read by stocking manga and action books for the boys. Two boys became readers due to having a wide array of shonen manga available to them, and then later branched out into novels.

            Some of the divisions between sex is nothing more that antiquated thinking. But there are differences and its just not in the way we raise children, but that we do have slight sex differences in thinking and there is nothing wrong with that.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            JK Rowling had to use JK as boys don’t like reading books written by women. Although there may be differences in thinking, I’m not sure that would translate into major things. There’s always more than one way to approach a problem.

            The argument can be made (and has been) that boys and girls are reading different things due to expected gender roles. I do happen to agree with you that boys and girls should be taught differently up until a certain age. We expect boys to sit still and read before they are developmentally ready for such things. Graphic novels, scifi, and adventure stories are all great ways to get boys to read.

            Part of the problem is that reading (and writing) is considered girly. It’s something girls are supposed to excel at, not boys. (Yet, until fairly recently the vast majority of published authors were men. Same thing with cooking; it’s “women’s work, yet the best chefs are thought to be men.) I submit that is all cultural and not innate or biological in nature.

          • clay

            (and soccer, particularly for girls)

      • clay

        AND he’s a state rep in a state that still has tiny, tiny rural schools that use sports as their phys ed requirement and need EVERYONE playing if they’re going to have teams or fill the weight categories in wrestling.

      • I agree, school sports should be divided up by skill level not sex.

    • olandp

      Mike Huckabee would just to get into the girls showers, he said he would if he had the chance to do it over again.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Yeah, I remember. The guy is such a dirty swine. He sickens me.

    • No, he doesn’t believe there is such a thing as being transgender. In his wee dark mind, what you hide in your undies determines what gender/sex you are. He doesn’t have the breadth of imagination to understand the differences between the two.

      Not giving him one iota of slack, it is a hard thing for many matching folks to understand. My hubby’s best friend since they were 9, still can’t understand me even after many explanations and long winded talks. His conversations always boil down to, “But you look like a girl!” “How can you look in a mirror and not see that you are a girl?” “Why did you decide to be a guy?” Lesbians and gays and to a lesser degree bisexuals, had it much easier, because people understand sexual attraction and the desire for sex. They might find the idea of sex between two fellas icky, but they can understand it. How to explain not matching the inner self to the outer, to those who perfectly match?

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        New concepts are sometimes difficult to absorb. Yet, they must be absorbed and learned. We live in this world with all sorts of people. The internet has exposed us to people whose culture and ways are alien, yet we must learn about them and appreciate what they have to offer.

        Transgendered people in some cultures were hidden and lived lives at odds with their gender. But, not every culture forced such people underground. And, we do have examples even in our culture of women putting on men’s clothing and living as men and fighting in wars and of men living as women.

        The word hermaphrodite is old and combines the names of two greek gods. In some cultures, such people were revered and were often the spiritual voice of their people. Western culture has a tendency however, to dismiss what doesn’t fit in with a certain narrative.

        There will always be those that don’t understand, and for that I’m sorry. It’s up to us to educate them as best as we can.

  • TexPlant

    Perv Alert Perv Alert!! I assume this old man wants the job of inspecting the bits and pieces to determine gender. Whatever would he do with a hermaphrodite

  • sandy

    i don’t this this genitalia-obsessed man understands the difference between gender and sex.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Can we require I.Q. tests for all politicians? 135 or higher need only apply.

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

      Are you trying to disenfranchise Tyler, TX? Because apparently the best they can do is Louie.

    • David F.

      That excludes over 95% of the existing ones. Genius at 140+ is only about 2% of the population. Granted the country would be in much better shape, but dumb people won’t elect or listen to smart people.

    • zhera

      How about E.Q. tests instead? Smart people can be real assholes, too.

    • Bad Tom

      I’d be happy if we could simply require three digits.

  • M Jackson

    I hadn’t considered the fact that the Duggars could have a far-flung extended family.

  • Emma Duncan

    “East coast culture?” sounds like a fancy P. C way to say “damn Yankees”

    • jomicur

      Or “pointy-headed intelleckshuls.”

      • disqus_oCvsL5SBJH

        or “those damned jews” something hateful. East Coast/New York has long been code for antisemitic BS

    • Having grown up in the Midwest, Indiana to be exact, its not a Yankee thing, but an honest to goodness hatred of all things “East Coast”. But to be honest, the middle of the country has always been seen as a useless “there be dragons” wasteland to the east coast.

      The whole thing is silly, yet another form of “us” against “them” thinking, stirred with the “I’m a better person, due only to where I live” stick.

  • DaveySF

    South Dakota culture is an oxymoron.

    • Everywhere has culture, everywhere!
      “A culture is a way of life of a group of
      people–the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept,
      generally without thinking about them, and that are passed along by
      communication and imitation from one generation to the next.”

  • Neely OHara

    He used the word “culture” three times. In relation to South Dakota. Without irony, yet…

  • And who will be doing the inspecting? Catholic priests, perhaps?

  • medaka

    Because nothing says FLYOVER CULTURE like “visual inspection of genetalia.”

  • RaygunsGoZap

    So this fuck wants to see genitals? Does he have email? I bet a Twitter campaign could ensure he gets an inbox/eyeful

    • Chucktech

      I’ve heard that you can also see genitalia on the Interwebs machine for very little money…

      • RaygunsGoZap

        That’s a lie from OMM! The inter webs is junk free!!!

        • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

          Shhhhhhhh. Don’t tell them about computers. They’re still obsessing about that newfangled telly vision. And the fax machine.

    • ZhyKitty

      Not of children’s genitals (which is what he’s saying)….not unless a whole bunch of people want their computers confiscated and their name on the sex offender registry. lol

  • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

    “East coast culture” – LOL! I shouldn’t laugh. I know it’s not funny to those who have to live in SD.

    I spent 2 weeks in North Dakota for work once.

    • LonelyLiberal

      I’m so sorry! How much therapy did it take for you to get over the trip?

  • Lakeviewbob

    This is just disgusting.

  • Enrico Webers

    I’m pretty sure his last name should be spelled with a C, not with an H.

  • sonoitabear

    Next, he’ll start demanding that he, personally, be the one “inspecting”… But only the pre-pubescent boys…

    • clay

      If you want something done “right” . . .

    • RoFaWh


  • Hunter M

    And if it’s against my deeply held religious believes for him to inspect my junk?

    • clay

      You’re a child volunteering for public school activities– your rights are significantly limited (see drug testing and school newspapers).

  • Nathan Broussard


  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Hmmmmm, I wonder if Mr. Hunt’s middle name is Witch.

  • Rob

    Fully embracing his ignorant hillbilly status!!!

  • ColdCountry

    What a vile, disgusting pig of a human being. (And I mean no discourtesy to piggies when I say that, I’m talking the purely human kind.)

  • geoffalnutt

    He’s got a special outfit, I hear…(high-gloss,wet-look) black vinyl, black vinyl stiletto hip-boots, a blond “shag” wig…and a cat-o-nine-tails. He is so ready “it squeaks”.

  • Todd Allis

    If anything would work to scientifically find gender identity, it would be a brain scan. But the current system sounds fine.

  • bambinoitaliano

    The rethuglicans and the evangelists are finally coming out of their perverted closets. They want in on women genitalia and now they want in on children genitalia. All these time they call us the pervert, the molesters, the pedophiles, the truth is quite the opposite. They have nothing else to point the finger at us instead they want their sick obsession to be legalized in the name of their religion. They want to legally fondle the children genitals. You can’t get any more twisted than that. Of course, I’m sure they will continue to surprise us with their audacity to throw their perversion at our face.

  • Gene Perry

    OK, you first. Rep. Roger, please drop your pants so we can all inspect your (I’m assuming) tiny little weinie!

    • bambinoitaliano

      Ewwww stand back with a ten foot pole wrap in sterile sheet.

  • zhera

    Next he’ll demand virginity tests for women who want to marry. Because culture. And probably Gawd and Jeeziz.

  • Reality.Bites

    I’ve been out of high school a long time, but when I was there we had compulsory gym classes that were separated by sex. Which would mean that this would affect ALL students, not just those who choose to participate in extra-curricular sports.

  • clay

    I bet he also favors visual inspection of a person’s skin tone (rather than their tribal enrollment card) to assess their racial identity.

  • gaymex

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    “He said gender is determined at conception…”

    Isn’t it just great when people can’t understand the difference between sex and gender?

    • Lars De

      Even if he had his terminology correct aren’t all fetuses basically female until somewhere near the 8th week of gestation?

      • medaka

        Shhhh! Science = Satan!

      • Chucktech

        What he means is that when Jeezy Gawd allows that little seed, fertilized in good christian love, to grow into a christian baby, He already knows whether it will be a good little christian boy or girl.

  • David Crawford

    You know, Mr. Hunt, it is people like you that give old gay men a bad name, we are not all perverts anxious to undress young men and women to “determine their gender”. Ya, right.

  • Steven Alan Taylor

    But of course, he believes in liberty and privacy, right?

  • BostonBud

    Ok…the South Dakota Athletics Association came up with a policy. A group that appears to deal with ATHLETICS issues daily, however, some lawmakers are stepping in…What ever happened to the concept of less government? Oh, ok, when it’s an issue they like.

    • Fyva Prold

      Such a law will be thrown out as infringing on the 1st Amendment right of association.

  • Robert Adams

    Pervs will come out of the woodwork to apply for the gender police jobs

  • Richard Rush

    OMG, I’ve often referred facetiously to TrueChristians wanting to determine gender by conducting the Peek-Test. And now a lawmaker wants to make it official!

    • Clive Johnson

      I wanted to assume that is was coming, but then would say to myself, “Nah, they can’t be that dumb and intrusive.” Well, indeed they can be.

      • Octavio

        But any attempts to fend them off is considered persecution, because it’s their deeply held religious belief that they can pull down anyone’s pants or pull up skirts to make sure what is what. Jesus said so somewhere in the bible.

  • Robert Adams

    I thought this whole issue was settled 40 years ago when Renee Richards was playing tennis.

    • clay

      They’re trying hard to push us back more than 50 years (Voting Rights Act).

    • Stev84

      For international tennis maybe

  • MonochromeMouse

    I love when conservatives try to pass laws like this, they have NO chance of passing and just give the rest of the country more proof of how insane/evil they are

  • “The proposal from Rep. Roger Hunt, R-Brandon, would rely on official
    birth certificates and visual inspections for determining gender. . . .”

    The South Dakota public school system has been inundated with volunteers from the SD Republican party.

  • William

    What is this repuglican obsession with other people’s naughty bits?

  • John T

    In 1897, the Indiana state legislature very nearly passed a law that would have made pi = 3. Because 3.14159(…) is just too unwieldy and hard to understand.

    • William

      According to the Bible, pi equals three.

      • John T

        The Bible Says It, I Believe It, That Settles It!

    • Octavio

      Math is hard, ya know. And Spamgelicals need a head start when it comes to balancing their checking accounts. 🙂

    • LonelyLiberal

      That’s OK, just do an algebraic renormalization and then let 3 = 3.14159(…). Then even checkbooks can be unwiedly and hard to understand.

      • John T

        Math is hard. Let’s go prosecute somebody!


    Sexually repressed adults and nude minors paraded in front of them. What could possibly go wrong?

  • Octavio

    Well, of course. Who better than “The State” to decide the sexual identity of each “citizen”?

  • charliebkk

    If I had a kid and this asshole tried to inspect his/her genitalia, I guarantee you that would be last fucking thing he ever inspected.

  • Chris Baker

    Yea, cause so many high school boys want to tell everyone they really are girls. I guess this guy has never been to high school.

    Of course, someone should tell him about people who are born with indeterminate sex organs, or sex organs of both sexes.

    • medaka

      Like this? Oh wait…..

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    “We haven’t adopted the East Coast culture.”

    Really? I had no idea. I suppose here that draconian ideas like yours went the way of butter churning.

    Honestly, darling, you’re all but begging for the fly over comments. And your tie is uglier than sin.

  • KentDean

    You first, Rep. Hunt.

  • Porkie

    Well, I can see from here that he is a BIG dick, I mean HUGE.

  • RoFaWh

    As usual with GOPites, Hunt has very poor self-awareness and has made himself suspected of perviness.

  • Silver_Witch

    The process already sounds sufficiently complicated. No need for need for this proposal at all. Just some loon trying to get his name on Drudge. Asshats all of them

  • Gerry Fisher

    We’ll start with inspecting your junk, sir. Including pics posted to the Internet.

  • colin payne

    Gross invasion of privacy…and he’s ugly to boot.

  • Skokieguy

    We are all so nauseated by the pedophile aspects, let’s not overlook the total amount of stupid crammed into his statements, to wit: “…gender is determined at conception…”

    • Chucktech

      Jaw-droppingly ignorant, breath-takingly stupid.

  • Rod Steely

    Small government unless it involves vaginas. From anti-abortion to this.

  • Kissmagrits

    I think it’s about time for you to “drop trou”, Representative Hunt.

    One can never be too careful in these critical gender issues, you know – –
    it just won’t do getting one’s “heezins” and “sheezins” confused -and you
    give the impression that you could easily be confused.

  • I didn’t think I could use this clip twice two days.

  • Gindy51

    Someone check this dopes browser history STAT!

  • grada3784

    Doesn’t the right to privacy include the right of private privates?

  • grada3784

    I never thought I’d find someone worse than a Catholic priest, but this guy is definitely a possible.

  • This nonsense of genital checking is caused by boredom by the state politicians. it must be Utopia in South Dakota, since they have managed to fix all the ills other states are struggling under. Imagine living in a state with fully funded schools, lack of poverty, clean air and water, plentiful jobs at a living wages, safe neighborhoods and city streets.

  • JohnoFr

    Can you imagine the law : HB.fap.lolita.1678…

    I mean c’mon honestly the only people I would be interested in inspecting are male pornstars … And maybe Kim K. While we’re down there.

    Pervy dude !

  • 2karmanot

    Hunt(ing) for beaver in all the wrong places.

  • I’m so embarrassed. That idiot is from the same species as me. Can I join the dolphins or another species as an honorary member? #facepalm

  • Bill T.

    Roger Hunt: Official Pecker Checker.

  • Ginger Snap

    I bet he wants catholic priests to inspect the children.

    • While he video tapes it on his personal phone for “efficiency”

  • This is how this man validates using your tax payer dollars?
    HATE obsessed theatrics?

    • noni

      It’s the Christian Lifestyle. And you’re paying for it.

  • All I can think of:

    “Rest of the country don’t mean shit. You in Mississippi now”.

  • BostonDotTom

    I like how the women behind him are looking at him like “Yeah.. no”

  • Queequeg

    Imagine how terrifying it would be for a high school kid to have this creep inspecting your genitals. I think there is an agenda here (Duggar).

  • TampaDink

    I thought “papers, please” was bad enough….next up, “drop trou, please”. Ugh.

  • Jeff

    I’m not a scientist, but………Aren’t there some case where this would not give a clear answer? (I’m queer. I took gym and played varsity sports in high school. I did notice the “privates” of certain individuals were “different”.

    • noni

      GOP South Dakota state Rep. Roger Hunt says if visual isn’t enough to make a determination then he suggests having a taste is the next step.

      There is no end to what Christians will do to others to humiliate them.

      • Jeff

        Ewwww! (lol)
        And you’re right. Why are the ones who call themselves “Christians” the most unchristian?

  • JohnoFr

    Denouncing east coast culture indeed. I haven’t seen a tie like that on the east coast since 1979…

  • What a pervert!

  • patrick

    Is this a full-time job? I’m content to accept less than the minimum-wage if they’ll hire me? Damn, I’ll even volunteer – since I’m certain they’d insist on same-sex inspections, right?