I have to hand it to liberals and sexual libertines—they come up with great words, and when those words develop certain connotations that may not be helpful to their cause, they change the definition. And if their word “gender identity” takes the same course as “sexual orientation,” then we’re headed for chaos.
You may recall, if you’re old enough, that those who engaged in sex with a person of the same sex were once called sodomites, not pleasant imagery in a culture familiar with Sodom and Gomorrah.
Then the word “homosexual” came along. That word, too, carried a negative connotation. Having sex with a person of the same sex, which is what the word meant, just seemed unnatural to most people. In fact, some state’s referred to such sex as “crimes against nature.”
Then came the word “sexual orientation.” As memory serves me, at first it simply was a nicer sounding word for homosexual behavior. In fact, for many of us, “sexual orientation” was really synonymous with “homosexual.”
Consequently, LGBT advocates came up with the brilliant strategy of rebranding the word “sexual orientation” and joining it at the hip with the evil word “discrimination.” The word “sexual orientation” morphed so that it no longer applied only to homosexuals, but to all persons; everyone, it was now said, had a sexual orientation and none was more “natural” than any other. This meant the laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation now ostensibly protected everyone.
The question is whether the word “gender identity” will someday soon morph, too? Perhaps it must if the gender wars are to be “won.”
Today, “gender identity” seems to carry the connotation of “transgender,” a person with a biological and/or anatomical structure reflecting one sex but who wants to be identified by the sex they think of themselves as being in their head. Even as the word “sexual orientation” was once synonymous with the word homosexual, “gender identity” is currently synonymous with transgendered persons.
The problem sexual libertines have is that most people are not confused about their sex and most people still want their privacy in those intimate settings in which persons of the opposite sex may be present. What has created the firestorm of opposition is the fact that a very small percentage of the population wants everyone else to adapt to them.
How can the gender identity crowd convince the overwhelming majority that laws against gender identity discrimination are good for them, too? What if the word “gender identity” sheds its narrow connotation and, as happened with sexual orientation, becomes something that everyone has? Now a law prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity ostensibly protects everyone! But there are two problems with that.
First, such a view of gender identity means no one is protected and Title IX’s protections against discrimination become meaningless. If, as a man, I can identify as a man or a woman (or something in-between), then the prohibition on gender identity discrimination means a state or business can no longer have a shower limited to women and to men who think they are women. Such a law would ban me from showering with the ladies simply because I “identify” consistent with my biology.
Such a law would simultaneously discriminate in favor of those who identify contrary to their biology, letting them use the women’s shower, and discriminate against those who identify consistent with their biology, not letting them use the same shower. Ironically, such a law essentially says I have to identify a certain way in order to do certain things, and that’s discrimination based on identity!
If we all have an “identity” and you can’t discriminate based on identity, then all you guys who can’t make the UT men’s basketball teams, don’t let the Lady Vols discriminate against you just because you “identify” consistent with your biology! You don’t even have to fake thinking you’re a woman anymore. Title IX is gone.
But the second problem is all binary distinctions between the sexes are gone, not just Title IX. C.S. Lewis ominously spoke of this day years ago in his book The Abolition of Man. Here is what he said regarding man’s “conquest of Nature”:
The final stage will come when Man, by eugenics, prenatal conditioning, and by an education and propaganda based on a perfect applied psychology, has obtained full control over himself. Human nature will be the last part of nature to surrender to Man. The battle will then be one. We shall have “taken the thread of life out of the hand of Clotho1” and be henceforth free to make our species whatever we wish to be. The battle will indeed be won. But who, precisely, will have won it?
The plan has all come together. Eugenics, with artificial reproduction, selective abortions, and gene manipulation virtually unrestrained, is now fully in place. Obama’s “guidance letter” is making sure the educational program is in place. Pop psychology today is providing the necessary assistance and, of course, the propaganda from the mainstream media has been in place for years.
Good point, Mr. Lewis. I wish we’d all read your book sooner, because we’re all about to lose.
- Clotho, in ancient Greek mythology, was responsible for “spinning the thread of human life.” She also made major decisions, such as when a person was born, thus, in effect controlling people’s lives.
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