No to Gender
The culture war is a war of words and those who defend reality need to choose their words carefully. The word gender has been permanently corrupted and there is no point trying to rehabilitate it. If the Sexual Left insists on defining gender as “socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for women and men.” We should let them.
Gender isn’t a synonym for sex and we should not use it as one. Gender is a creation of the mind detached from the corporeal. It floats above the material world, like ever changing clouds, constantly reshaping, renaming itself. There are two sexes –male and female.
Genders are constructions of troubled minds. Wounded, angry, and envious, the so-called transgendered covet what belongs to the other sex. To soothe their pain, they have invented an alternate reality, where people can change from one sex to other and then end up somewhere in the middle. We can sympathize with their pain. It must be terrible to feel out of place in one’s own body, but we should not encourage their rebellion against reality or validate their fantasy solution.
I cringe every time I see my allies and friends substituting gender for sex. We don’t need their word and all the baggage it carries. We already have a perfectly good word. We should say sex when we mean sex. Two sexed reality must be defended against gender activists, who demand recognition of scores of made up genders.
Gender redefined has only recently crept into the language and with a little help can be pushed out. Let us promise to never say gender when we mean sex. Let us not be afraid to use sex specific language: male and female, women and men, bride and bridegroom, husband and wife, father and mother instead of non-specific spouse, parent.
There is nothing anti-woman in defending reality. Men and women are different and equal. Pretending all the obvious difference are mere social constructions, doesn’t make women equal it denies woman’s unique originality and makes man the standard human.