To those of us geeks for whom this sort of thing is pretty important, a new "Jeopardy!" earnings record is a big event. But this latest development is, well, a bit...questionable.
"Jeopardy!" champion Amy Schneider made history again on Friday, becoming the highest-earning female contestant in the game show's nearly 57-year run.
The engineering manager's 18th consecutive win brought her total earnings to $706,800, bumping her above Larissa Kelly to become the show's top-earning female player.
That's a pretty big deal! But wait:
Despite the historic nature of her win for the LGBTQ community, Schneider has said she does not want her gender identity to be her entire persona.
"I didn't want to make too much about being trans, at least in the context of the show," she wrote in a Twitter thread last month. "I am a trans woman, and I'm proud of that fact, but I'm a lot of other things, too!" [sics]
For those of you not in the know, a "trans woman" is an individual who was born male but now "identifies" as female. That's another way of saying that the individual in question is, in fact, a biological male who incorrectly believes he is female.
That is the context of Schneider's Jeopardy! win. It is a record-placing win in both the male and female categories, so it is assuredly nothing to sneeze at.
And yet it is now an undeniable fact that, if a woman wants to claim the title of highest-earning female competitor on this game show, she's...going to have to beat a man for the title.
You kinda gotta laugh about that, at least before you cry about it.