Bad Wigins wrote:
The story may or may not be fake, but the responses from SJWs are real enough.
We've got a long way to go before these delusional idiots stop trying to force everyone to join the delusion. Why do people think it's a virtue?
Language has become the latest battleground in a culture war. In respect to gender terminology (and sometimes race) it is no longer simply a means of communicating information. It has even gone beyond expressing values and beliefs to promoting an ideology. It is not an ideology that is shared across the community; indeed we are divided by it, in the way that Democrats and Republicans are now irreconcilably divided.
As we see in the debate about trans participation in women's sport, science has become a casualty of that ideology. At its heart is the purely subjective claim that the world is what you say it is - regardless of what reality may indicate - and that extends to self-identification. Hence, there is no middle ground in that debate, because the insistence by one side on that subjective position is an affront to the sense of reality of those who don't subscribe to it, who are on the other side of the debate.
The claim to the use of any variety of gender-related pronouns is challenging to many, because it isn't equivalent to the insistence on the use of a name, like Tom, Jane or Ali, but says we have to accept a version of the world that is determined by the use of that pronoun. Most of us believe we live in a world of men and women, of male and female - as the natural world almost entirely is - but by the use of a different language (and by a minority) we are being told that we are now wrong to think that.
The argument made consistently here is that we should simply go along with that self- indulgence, even if we don't agree with it. It is the way to avoid confrontation. But the irony in that position is that while we may be respecting that person's right to identify themselves as they choose we don't actually respect that position as the truth. We are simply saying - "whatever".