A few weeks ago, the University of Tennessee announced that its students and faculty should consider going “gender-neutral” in its terminology. UT pulled the announcement on its website, but since that only means that its gender-bender agenda is being taken underground, we thought we’d go looking for a new faculty member or administrator to help the University do its work. We found one this week in Sex and the City’s own Kim Cattrall.
This week Ms. Cattrall, who has never had any children via biological reproduction or adoption, announced that she was offended by those who referred to her as “childless.”
“I am a parent. I have young actors and actresses that I mentor. I have nieces and [a] nephew that I am very close to, so I think the thing that I find questionable about being childless or child-free [is]: Are you really? There is a way to become a mother in this day and age that doesn’t include your name on the child’s birth certificate. … You can express that maternal side of you very, very clearly, very strongly.”
Ms. Cattrall seems to be a perfect fit for the University, because she too doesn’t know that words have meaning and reflect a given reality.
The word “child” comes from the Old English “cild” meaning “fetus, infant, unborn, or newly born person,” and Ms. Cattrall has not ever had one of those. She has been around them, and in her own words, she has mentored them and been an aunt to them, but she has not had a child. She has not been a mother.
We can say that this is just more nonsense, but let’s not be dismissive of what is taking place here.
For reasons she didn’t explain, Ms. Cattrall doesn’t like the real-world definition of child and that not having had a child of her own makes her “childless.” So she makes up a world in which, if you have maternal feelings toward someone, then you have a “child” and, presumably, magically become a “parent,” too.
Of course, when you live in your own make-believe universe, you have to make up your own vocabulary, which she only got started doing. Once you start making up your own universe, you have to make up the whole thing; you have to finish what you start.
For example, to be consistent, Ms. Cattrall really has to get rid of the words “mentor,” “niece,” and “nephew” because all those in the real world who would fall into those categories are, in her make-believe world, her “children.” That Ms. Canttrall used these other words shows that she really does know there is a difference between a mentor and a mother.
The same goes for UT. If it is going to be consistent in the make-believe world in which gender is not the binary man-woman distinction we all know exists, then in addition to the made-up words “ze” and “zir,” UT needs to make up words like “mather,” “niephew,” and “auncle” to replace the binary concepts of mother-father, niece-nephew and aunt-uncle. That UT didn’t do so shows that it, too, really knows that we’ve been created male and female.
Yes, Ms. Cattrall would be a great addition to the cadre of alleged educators and administrators at UT who want to teach our young people how to make up their own universe. But they need to remember, they have to make the whole thing up. And they can’t go back and forth between the parallel universes—the one in their head and the real one in which they actually live. If they try to do that they’ll find themselves like Ms. Cattrall, easily offended by something all the time.
David Fowler served in the Tennessee state Senate for 12 years before joining FACT as President in 2006. Read David’s complete bio.
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