In April 2019, Merriam-Webster Dictionary added over 640 words to their growing dictionary including three Pro-Transgender specific words. The well recognized Dictionary since 1828 added the words ‘Top-Surgery, Bottom-Surgery, and Gender nonconforming’ to it’s lexicon this month in an approach to the growing English language.
1.Gender nonconforming – Exhibiting behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits that do not correspond with the traits typically associated with one’s sex.
2.Top surgery – A type of gender confirmation surgery in which a person’s breasts are removed or augmented to match their gender identity.
3.Bottom surgery – A type of gender confirmation surgery in which a person’s genitalia are altered to match their gender identity.
Merriam-Webster published about their new word choices in a statement on their website saying “The English language never sleeps, and neither does the dictionary. The work of revising a dictionary is constant, and it mirrors the culture’s need to make sense of the world with words. There are always new things to be named and new uses for existing words to be explained. A release of new words is also a map of the workings of a dictionary—you get to see what we’ve been up to—and of how words from different contexts come to reside in the same place”.
It seems like Merriam-Webster is really focusing on society and at least trying to help make sense of all the changes in the world, with words. The term Snowflake and new additions like ‘stan,’ ‘salutogenesis,’ ‘buzzy,’ ‘gig economy,’ ‘qubit,’ and ‘garbage time’ were also added among others. Gaystar News has praised Webster’s Dictionary for their inclusion of the newly added friendly-transgender words.
Whether you can actually understand the world or make sense of it is completely up for discussion, but in way its good that those at Merriam-Webster are at least trying to make sense out of everything for everyone. If you’re honest with yourself and can get passed the mob of people who will most likely call you Trans-phobic, then we can agree that the topic of Transgender-ism is super confusing. Of course I’m not saying this to offend anyone but it’s inevitable to not be called Trans-phobic simply because you know that someone is a man or a women and understand that it can’t be changed.
I’m not sure what kind of opinion the people behind Merriam-Webster would have on the conversation of Gender but I’m glad they took time to try and define these word. I’d like to point out that this is the same dictionary who also includes terms like Gender Dysphoria and defines it as a “distressed state” arising from “conflict” between someone’s gender identity and the sex they were born as. Gender Identity in the Webster Dictionary defines as a person with an “internal sense of being male, female” or some of both. In all honesty none of that makes sense to me, just because you try and describe it; which is probably why Gender Dysphoria is considered a mental disorder and also listed in many health/medical sites that can help you understand more on it. Gender Identity Disorder was introduced in DSM-III in 1980 and years later we now know it by Gender Dysphoria.
Veteran columnist Thomas Sowell has often made comments I think we can all relate too, on how government and political entities seek to redefine words for their own personal gains. Sowell warned in 2015 that the left uses it’s “verbal talents to change the whole meaning of words and to substitute new words, so that issues would be debated in terms of their redefined vocabulary, instead of the real substance of the issues.” I personally agree with his concerns, I believe that although Webster may possibly have good intentions it just seems like a lot of power for a few people to decide vocabulary for all. I think there should be more regulations around adding, changing, and removing words from the dictionary. It may not be clear for some but language is import and how we debate, speak, and comprehend everything around us is too important to be in the hands of a few; who could shape anything how they’d like.
As far as Transgender-ism, I don’t believe that there will ever be enough definitions to make sense of something that truly doesn’t make sense. Reality is, you cannot change your sex and your gender has everything to do with your sex, our reproductive and sexual parts are not interchangeable like we’re Mr. Potato head. I believe Gender Dysphoria is something that needs to be approached differently so that we may help people going through these Identity issues especially when the Suicide rates in the Transgender community are among the highest with or without surgery.
On February 12th at the National Assembly in Paris, the French Parliament voted on a bill passed by president Emmanuel Macron (REM party). The bill banishes the words “mother” and “father” from official paperwork in the education system to tackle discrimination against same-sex parents. A child’s document will refer to parent 1 and parent 2 instead of the traditional format. President of the AFDH, the French association for same sex parents (D) Alexandre Urwicz questions “who is ‘parent 1’ and who is ‘parent 2’?” He also says it could create a hierarchy among parents.
The passing of the bill has angered many conservatives and Christians as reported by RT, who argue that the bill sends out a signal of the country lacking morals. The bill currently does not have the support of some liberals and the education Minister, Jean Michel Blanquer. Conservative, Mp Xavier Breton said ”When I hear people say this is an old fashioned model, I would remind people that today among unions celebrated, civil or marital, some 95% are man-woman couples”. Also Conservative, Fabien Di Filippo denounced the move and said it was a “frightening ideology”.
This is not an occurrence only happening in Europe but also around the world and rapidly in America. On February 14th 2019, Democratic Reps Judy Chu (CA-27) and Andy Levin ( MI-09) introduced the Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Bill that would remove gendered language. According to them the bill would greatly affirm the dignity of the LGBTQ married couples. This new Bill according to those in favor ‘is to advance America’s stance towards equal protection and inclusion under the law. Congresswoman Judy Chu says “Tax filing is often difficult enough already without also making LGBTQ families feel prejudiced against”. “This is a simple common sense fix that acknowledges LGBTQ couples as equals. The Supreme Court has recognized that love is love, no matter your gender identity. It’s time our tax code does the same.” says Chu.
The Assembly Concurrent Resolution 260 (ACR 260) was won in a bipartisan vote of 7-0 and was authored by Assembly member Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), who is also Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. The ACR 260 was also co-authored by all of the members of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. Assembly member Evan Low also stated “California is home to the largest LGBTQ population in the country, many of whom identify as non-binary,”. “By using gender-neutral pronouns in legislation and policies moving forward, the State of California celebrates its non-binary community.” The ACR 260 pressures the state to be more inclusive for transgender, gender neutral and non-binary individuals by adopting the use of gender-neutral pronouns. This also includes the removal of California’s legal and traditional gendered language pronouns “he” and “she.” Since many citizens do not identify with binary gender definitions they find themselves feeling removed from the concept of gender entirely.
Canada has participated in this same movement when in June of 2017 they passed the C-16 Bill. It was also added to a section of the Criminal Code that targets hate speech — defined as advocating genocide and the public incitement of hatred — where it joins other identifiable groups. The bill enshrines the rights of transgender Canadians by including them under human rights and hate-crime laws. Critics voiced concerns that the law will penalize citizens who do not use specific pronouns when referring to gender diverse people. Brenda Cossman, law professor at the University of Toronto and director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, stated “The misuse of gender pronouns, without more, cannot rise to the level of a crime,”. “It cannot rise to the level of advocating genocide, inciting hatred, hate speech or hate crimes … (it) simply cannot meet the threshold.”
In an article from the New York Times, they stated that Employers and landlords who intentionally and consistently ignore using pronouns such as “ze/hir” to refer to transgender workers and tenants who request them — may be subject to fines as high as $250,000. This has much to do with the passing of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act in New York. The Commission on Human Rights’ legal guidelines mandate that anyone who is providing jobs or housing must use the individuals’ preferred gender pronouns. As the regulations which have now been updated, point out that some transgender individuals prefer to use pronouns other than he/him/his or she/her/hers.
October 2017th, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation against health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” decline to use a senior transgender patient’s ‘preferred name or pronouns’. Those who refuse to change their vocabulary and use the pronouns preferred by these individuals could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time under a newly signed law. Harvard and Duke Graduate, Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, has argued adamantly that nobody is going to be criminally prosecuted for using the wrong pronoun. Sen. Scott says “It’s just more scare tactics by people who oppose all LGBT civil rights and protections,”. Yet the Legislation has been passed, in other words as a “scare tactic” as said by Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener. One opponent of the law, the California Family Council’s Greg Burt said to the California Assembly Judiciary Committee in August “How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?”, according to CBN News.
Not only are pronouns under attack but so are businesses who refuse to comply with the demands of the LGBTQ community. As many may remember, Jack Phillips the Christian man who refused to bake a cake for a Gay Couple also returned to sue the state in August 2018 for their attempts at forcing him to bake a Gender transition cake. Jack, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver claimed that Colorado officials are on a “crusade to crush” him because of his religious beliefs according to a federal lawsuit filed. Jack Phillips won his case, when he wouldn’t bake a cake for a same sex marriage v. the State of Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
Does it end at small businesses? No, also Chik-Fil-A has had its quarrels with the LGBTQ community in the past. When the Christian Fast Food Giant decided that within the next 5 years they’ll open 15 stores in Toronto, LGBT+ rights advocates said they planned to boycott the chain. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also came under fire on Twitter after revealing he ate at Chik-Fil-A during LGBTQ+ pride month. In 2012, Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy had a huge backlash after Cathy told the Baptist Press the company was “guilty as charged” for supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit.” “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles,” Cathy said. The companies controversial Christian stance on marriage has became the forefront reasons as to why the LGBTQ community advocates are against the chain. The outcome of the controversy was neither win or loss, as Chick-fil-A’s sales rose up by 12%, to $4.6 billion. Regardless, Chick-fil-A released a statement in July 2012 on their Facebook Page stating, “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena”. Not all in the LGBTQ community engaged in the bashing of The Chains Religious beliefs.
Who decides that sexual preference or gender identity is more important than religious rights and the freedom of speech? Not only is speech and businesses being legally affected by LGBTQ’s fight for equality but the Church and Education System as well. In December of 2018 The city of Austin, Texas defended the lack of a religious exemption for churches in its new LGBT anti-discrimination law. This was in response to a lawsuit by the church, arguing that the law “reflects our values and culture.” This law would ultimately force churches to hire homosexual and transgender employees, if not then face fines or jail time. “Nondiscrimination is a core value in Austin and we need to defend it,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler told KXAN-TV. President Dave Welch of the US Pastor Council Chapter warned that if the ordinance is enforced, it will be just a matter of time before protections of the First Amendment collapse in the US. He told the Christian Action Network “it’s time for churches across the country to stand and fight”. Welch noted that ‘Christians can’t wait and watch on this issue, because this puts the church at large at a disadvantage’… “In the past, we have too often waited and watched from the sidelines, silent,” Welch told CAN. “We decided that – that is not possible anymore, that’s not acceptable.”
December of 2018th in WEST POINT, Va. — A Virginia high school teacher refused to use a transgender student’s new pronouns and was fired from his job. Over the summer, the ninth-grade student’s family informed the school system of the student’s gender transition to male. They did not imply that the 47-year-old West Point High School French teacher deliberately referred to the student as a female in the student’s presence, but in conversations with others. Witnesses described that the teacher had a “slip-up” when the student was about to run into a wall and Vlaming told others to stop “her.” When confronted about the incident by administrators, Vlaming made it clear he would not use male pronouns for the student, a stance that led to his suspension referral and disciplinary action. The West Point School Board voted unanimously to dismiss Peter Vlaming after a four-hour hearing. The student was not involved in the hearing. The school reported in a statement saying that Vlaming was fired due to insubordination. “I can’t think of a worse way to treat a child than what was happening,” said West Point High Principal Jonathan Hochman, who testified about letting Vlaming know he had to use male pronouns in accordance with the student’s wishes.
Regardless of race, religion, or sexual preference+ don’t we all fall under basic human rights as human beings? The thought of some how giving certain groups of people ‘human rights’ that we all don’t share doesn’t sound like human rights at all, is it? At what point does self identification stop being, self identification and becomes an ideology that is forced on everyone regardless of how they may feel? Persecution, bullying, or injustice against anyone for any reason is wrong but there’s a fine line between letting someone live their life and forcing everyone to agree with their life. The Question everyone should ask themselves is it really a crime or legally acceptable to fine a person, to jail a person for the misuse of pronouns or their held beliefs. Is the Government going to far in creating an inclusive world for the LGBTQ community that it’s forgotten we all don’t live the same way but should be able to coexist? Is the LGBT community above all other groups including religious groups? Can Jack Phillips, who refused to bake a cake because of his beliefs now fine the Gay couple $250,000 for attacking his faith or does it only apply to the LGBT community members? It seems like the LGBTQ community is favored and protected by Laws and Rights that the majority of us as citizens are not granted. When this reaches your door step, your church, your class room and it imposes itself into your life is that really letting ‘YOU’ live your life? Ironically Tolerance and letting people live their life is what LGBT advocates for until it doesn’t agree with LGBT.
Confused and vulnerable children are being brainwashed by the UK government to become transgender. We are living in an engineered society by a state that lacks any morals and would do anything to preserve their power and gain profit, even if it means destroying all traditional values. There’s a direct correlation with propagating gender dysphoria and the left. An NHS boss said in a conference earlier this week that the UK must “be prepared” for more British citizens to question their gender in the coming years. He said that he believes up to three percent of the population will contact transgender health services in the future. Making such a ridiculous statement lacking in real facts only highlights the dark future our society is heading towards.
James Palmer, the medical director for specialized services at NHS England, said at a conference on Monday that the expansion and improvement of NHS gender health services could cause demand to “accelerate”. It is implied that the earlier children and young adults are “coming forward to seek the expertise of hormone treatments” the better it is. It is highly possible that the state is using this to justify the expansion of their health budget to make the public more reliant on them, indeed it is a very nasty nightmarish plot. Palmer added that such an increase in using gender identity services was unprecedented, with no specialists ever seeing numbers ‘anyway near’
According to the latest estimates by the UK Institute of National statistics, there are currently 1.97 million people in the UK using gender identity service, with 1.6 million being in England (interesting….). Dr Polly Carmichael, the clinical director of the gender identity development service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust said the organization had experienced an “unprecedented” 100 percent increase in referrals between 2015 and 2016. Transgenderism and rapid decline in Testosterone The underlying issue is not young boys are “coming out” in droves and coming in terms with their mental disorder by pretending they are the opposite sex, the real problem is the decline in testosterone levels in the entire western world. This is such an obvious deleterious phenomenon being completely overlooked by the government powers responsible for looking after the wellbeing of the people. The last in-depth study conducted on this subject matter was made in 2007, it revealed a “substantial” drop in U.S. men’s testosterone levels since the 1980s, with average levels declining by about 1% per year. This means, for example, that a 60-year-old man in 2004 had testosterone levels 17% lower than those of a 60-year-old in 1987. Due to the lack of an updated version of this study for more than 10 years, we can only assume this trend continued with male testosterone decreasing even further. Grossly neglecting early signs of mental illness among children and lumping it in with a ‘natural’ increase in gender dysphoria does not correlate to valid evidence on the basis of science. Transgenderism is being advocated at an institutional level by the UK government to vulnerable underage children.