As such, it might not be surprising for a left-leaning cable news network to weave the trans narrative into as much of its content as possible. But viewers might not have expected to see the issue featured front and center during a recent cooking show that aired on CNN.
Actress Eva Longoria hosted the program “Searching for Mexico” earlier this month and highlighted a group of self-described “two-spirited” cooks in Oaxaca. Known locally as Muxes, these individuals appeared to share much of the same characteristics of biological males in the U.S. who identify as transgender.
For her part, Longoria celebrated the culture as an important part of Mexico’s history, asserting: “These days, the proud guardians of Zapotecan cuisine are the extraordinary Muxes.”
She went on to predict that “if the food is as fabulous as the outfits, the eating is going to be good.”
The “Desperate Housewives” co-star asserted that Muxes “identify as a third gender” from a young age, and one of the individuals featured in the program offered an additional self-description.
“We are people of two spirits,” Felina Santiago said. “We are the duality, neither man nor woman. You are neither less nor more.”
After celebrating the fact that Muxes take on “traditionally female roles within the family, becoming caregivers, needle workers, and, most importantly, cooks,” Longoria found an opportunity to discuss their dating lives.
“Can you go out with someone?” she asked.
One of the individuals asserted that “our culture is different” and requires that they keep romances secret.
“We go out with heterosexuals because they’re more manly,” the individual said.
Another chimed in that if a heterosexual man does not want to date another biological male “then he’s a coward and I don’t want him.”
CNN "Searching for Mexico" narrator Eva Longoria: "Muxes identify as a third gender, often displaying feminine attributes and wearing feminine clothes."
Felina: "We are people of two spirits. We are the duality, neither man nor woman. You are neither less nor more." pic.twitter.com/REtANAD1No
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) April 15, 2023
Adding an anti-Western dimension to the leftist embrace of the Mexican transgender community, researcher Jacobo Ramirez touted the ostensibly important role that muxes have played in that country.
“Their way of life represents a form of resistance against the Western colonizing forces that have historically imposed their beliefs and behaviors on indigenous people,” he said in a statement to CNN.