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Gender Proliferation vs. Dad the Dinosaur February 14, 2014

Posted by geoff in News.

Had an interesting talk with my 14-year-old daughter the other evening, wherein she was horrified that her Neanderthal father wasn’t really buying into parts of the expanded gender options that are the rage in school these days. Cis- and Trans-whatnots, with kids deciding their sexual orientations & preferences on an hourly basis.

For example, one kid is “biologically male, but identifies as female, but he has a girlfriend,” she tells me. Hunh? Sounds like a horndog who learned to work the system to me. Another demands that you use their male or female name depending on how they’re feeling on that particular day.

My daughter pointed out that it was not a big deal to accommodate these people – you’re just treating them nicely, as any polite member of society should. And she has a point. But still…….

So what’s behind my Stone Age attitude? I’m still thinking through it, but here are some of my problems:

  • Part of it’s that I just don’t like being told what to do. I don’t like people appropriating words, defining new meanings, and then insisting that I use their self-promoting vocabulary. To me, gender is biological. Period. Preferences aren’t gender. Behavior isn’t gender. I was raised with Merriam-Websters definition: gender: the state of being male or female.
  • Part of it’s that I’m tired of being yelled at by the blurry gender cottage industry.
  • Part of it’s that it seems awfully precious and self-indulgent. Kind of vanity labels to make people feel special and important and cool. Reminds me of the old days when being a lesbian for a weekend was The Thing, or more recent times when every trendy girl had to have a token Gay Friend. I’ve always believed that people are made special or cool by their deeds, not by how masculine or feminine they feel.
  • And part of it’s the fact that these sorts of labels are divisive and often the first step towards the establishment of special programs and privileges that the government has no business providing.

Today we hear that Facebook has added 58 new gender options for its users. ABC News went through the trouble of listing them, so I’ve duplicated their list as the table below. Homework for all you troglodytes.

Agender Androgyne Androgynous Bigender
Cis Cisgender Cis Female Cis Male
Cis Man Cis Woman Cisgender Female Cisgender Male
Cisgender Man Cisgender Woman Female to Male FTM
Gender Fluid Gender Nonconforming Gender Questioning Gender Variant
Genderqueer Intersex Male to Female MTF
Neither Neutrois Non-binary Other
Pangender Trans Trans* Trans Female
Trans* Female Trans Male Trans* Male Trans Man
Trans* Man Trans Person Trans* Person Trans Woman
Trans* Woman Transfeminine Transgender Transgender Female
Transgender Male Transgender Man Transgender Person Transgender Woman
Transmasculine Transsexual Transsexual Female Transsexual Male
Transsexual Man Transsexual Person Transsexual Woman Two-Spirit

A little much, no?


1. Cathy - February 14, 2014

I’m not seeing “IB-Wimmin” on the list. I DEMAND equality!!!

2. geoff - February 14, 2014

I’m not seeing “IB-Wimmin” on the list.

They would go under “Uber-Hotties,” which was inexplicably left off the list.

Sharp-eyed readers may have noted that there are only 56 categories listed, while ABC says there are 58. I figure that the standard categories of male and female are assumed.

3. geoff - February 14, 2014

I was looking through the list and decided I’d check out “neutrois,” ‘cuz it seemed like a funky name. Here’s what one site starts off saying:

Self Identity

You have the right to self identify however you wish. There is no gender police here – nobody to tell you what you are, how you are, or how you’re supposed to be. If you feel Neutrois is a label, word, concept, term, or identity that fits you in any way, take it as yours. There are as many ways of experiencing and expressing your gender as there are people.

Great – so we can expect everyone to have their own gender soon. Talk about making a concept meaningless.

Then there’s this:

Some neutrois do feel completely genderless – that is, they have no gender, an absence of gender, or are null gendered. Others have an internal gender that is neither male, nor female, just neutral.

Some neutrois people feel they aren’t completely 100% gender-free or gender-neutral; rather, they lean a little more towards one side or another of the gender spectrum.

Seems like anything goes, so what the hell does this word really mean? This was written by people who are trying to educate you on the concept, and this is the sort of definition they’re working with?

I swear words have no meaning with these people (where by “these people” I mean the gender mafia).

Cathy - February 14, 2014

==> while ABC says there are 58.

Maybe ABC and Obama are hung up on the number 58.

4. Jimbro - February 14, 2014

This whole thing is tiresome. Keeping your kids grounded in reality is hard when their teachers and popular culture conspires against you.

Cathy - February 14, 2014

Ditto, Jimbro. One of our conservative talk show hosts chose today’s topic to be adolescent stress and how our kids say they are more stressed than us adults. That’s just insane. But I see how kids might come to that conclusion. I think this society which is encouraged by liberal media and liberal government is pushing our kids into this stuff. They don’t love our kids, so let’s push back and draw a line in the sand. Kids may not thank us, but this is war.

5. Mark in NJ - February 14, 2014

Hey, I enjoyed my weekend as a lesbian…and the list is incomplete – where’s Minivan Owner?

6. geoff - February 14, 2014

where’s Minivan Owner?

Man admits having sex with 1,000 cars

7. jam2 - February 14, 2014

expanding the list & continuing the societal fragmentation:
cat curlers

8. jam2 - February 14, 2014

One of my neighbors has a daughter that has gone through many of these categories : she’s 19 or so now and is the least motivated human I’ve ever met. Her mother and the school system catered to all of her screwy BS as she developed and they turned out a classic example of psychological neoteny.
Sadly she will most likely remain a zero.

Cathy - February 14, 2014

I’m a volunteer leader with the junior high group at my church. We do a round of intercessory prayers every week. Sad to say — a lot of times their ‘friends’ that we are praying for have either gender identity issues OR they are wrist slashers. Hate to say it but I think these get the most attention or have the most shock value — so this might be why it’s becoming so prevalent.

9. daveintexas - February 14, 2014

“tranny” wasn’t good enough?

10. Cathy - February 14, 2014

It’s supposed to be that kids get positive attention this way…

But now they are getting scolded for it by THE MEDIA!!

11. Cathy - February 14, 2014

*pats self on back… having just used html again SUCCESSFULLY after a 2 1/2 year hiatus*

Yes, I’ll have some wine…

12. geoff - February 14, 2014

having just used html again SUCCESSFULLY after a 2 1/2 year hiatus

Now if you’d only use it to write posts…

13. Cathy - February 14, 2014

===> Now if you’d only use it to write posts…

It could happen…

14. Michael - February 14, 2014

How about a category for “Don’t Care Any More”?

Cathy - February 14, 2014

…or “None of your Effin’ Business?”

15. Michael - February 14, 2014

I thought Dave would lobby for the “Does That Look Infected?” category.

Cathy - February 14, 2014

^^ Hahahahahah!

16. geoff - February 15, 2014

Following a link from Jimbro at H2 and ran across the new version of the LGBT acronym (which was still relatively new to me):

LGBTIQA [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Questioning, Asexual]

17. Tushar - February 15, 2014

What is a Bigender? A fatass?

18. Tushar - February 15, 2014

The last one is Two spirit. I don’t think there is an option for me. I need atleast three spirits to get high. Any single malt would do.

Also, what the fuck is the difference between Trans and Trans* ?

19. Retired Geezer - February 16, 2014

I’m going to take a risk and self-identify as Trans-Fat.

20. Lipstick - February 16, 2014

I don’t like people appropriating words, defining new meanings, and then insisting that I use their self-promoting vocabulary.

I insist on being called “Lippy the Magnificent”. That is what I FEEL….how I identify.

Now, everybody get cracking on that, lest you be identified as haters.

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