Gender Proliferation vs. Dad the Dinosaur February 14, 2014Posted 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.
|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|
|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?