Gender Neutrality

A short rant here, as I started up my computer, went to my home page and saw a link to an article at Wired.com about how gender neutral pronouns are needed to change the world for the better.  First, remember when Wired used to be a tech magazine, not another social commentary platform?

Let’s get to the core issue though.  The basic premise of eliminating gender is that women can’t possibly be seen as equal if they’re seen as a woman… apparently even by other women if things need to be taken this far.  This SHOULD be offensive to any woman with any common sense.  The goal of feminism used to be to be seen as equal while still being able to be a woman.  In simpler terms, to be who you are while still being viewed as equal.

Keep in mind that many of the people pushing this gender neutrality idea are the same ones that call mothers (especially stay at home ones) “breeders” with a sneer in their voice.  Some women are more equal than others apparently.  Orwell’s “Animal Farm” anyone?

Is it REALLY so hard to understand that MLK was right?  We should be striving for a world where people are judged on the content of their character and not the color of their skin… or their gender.  Yes, it’s a slower process working towards that goal.  The end result will be a better world though.

22 thoughts on “Gender Neutrality

      1. Silk Cords Post author

        Too true. Some day, assuming we survive as a species (which I’m starting to wonder about) sociologists are going to look back at today as an age of madness.

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  1. Silk Cords Post author

    Yes, but there’s a difference between improvements based in reality and trying to change or deny fundamental reality. When humans wanted to fly, we invented balloons then planes. We didn’t jump off cliffs and demand that the wind carry us aloft like birds.

    A woman shouldn’t have to stop being a woman to be a soldier, an executive, a pilot, a doctor, etc… That’s exactly what this twisted feminism says though; “you can’t EVER be equal as a woman, so you have to be some genderless cupie doll”. The other unspoken part of that is that men can’t ever see women as anything other than T&A. THAT should be insulting to you as a man.

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    1. Doug

      SOME men. I could go on explaining the instincts of human procreation but you are having a rant in which you are entitled to have. I have also encountered women who really have little interest in being “liberated” and rather enjoy the traditional roles. Now, don’t get me wrong… equal pay for equal work, yada, yada. Here’s the irony.. and my feelings are not that unique to males… a woman in the board room or in authority or an entrepreneur, can be attractive on her own simply for her role and level of personal drive and achievement. So you really gotta think twice in trying to remove completely sexual tension because it’s somehow not “equality”. She can break through the glass ceiling all she wants.. but it will never take away who she is.
      I’m not insulted one bit, because it’s human. I never demean a woman because she is one. She’s a human being first… woman second.

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      1. Silk Cords Post author

        Doug, that was exactly my point. It’s not you I’m rallying against. No offense, but how well did you actually read my post? It’s the neo-feminists that want to label anything that goes against gender neutrality as promoting rape culture and INequality. THOSE are who I’m lobbying against.

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  2. bigskybuckeye

    Great points! There are just some things other minds should leave alone. I am okay with “firefighter” and “mail carrier” to name a few, but we still need to appreciate the uniqueness of a man and a woman.

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      I get what you’re saying even if I don’t fully agree. My feeling is that if a woman wants to do a job and can fully meet all the requirements, it should be allowed. Big example being combat roles. If she can pull her own weight and meet all the physical and mental standards without having them lowered because she’s a woman, then let her. At least so long as she’s fully aware of the risks regarding getting wounded and POW treatment, etc…

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  3. AuthorSarahKrewis

    I think if a woman is qualified based on her skills then her skin color, or whatever is between her legs or in her heart shouldn’t matter. I’m a woman, and proud of that. I don’t jump on the she/her they/them or whatever labels. It’s not what I choose to focus my time on. I know who I am and what I’m worth. If we all just stuck to that, maybe we wouldn’t have all this hate to begin with. The problem with today’s world is that everyone has an opinion and everyone feels that they are correct and can’t possibly be wrong. It’s sick. It’s annoying to see people want to ban words like “mailman”, “fireman”, etc. Like, our education system is pure shit. How about rallying for better education systems than worrying about small things like whether a word has man or not in it?

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    1. Doug

      “I know who I am and what I’m worth.”
      As a former employer over three businesses I have owned… I’d have hired you on that alone. Sadly.. many ladies do have some esteem issues and confidence quandaries.. and maybe a man in their lives made them that way… or maybe social pressures… or life in general. We all gotta do with what we have.

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      1. AuthorSarahKrewis

        I get that. I also have insecurities and self-esteem issues. But when it comes to knowing who I am, I am for sure confident in knowing what I’m okay with and what I’m not. I wish more women (and men) felt the same way.

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        1. Doug

          It’s part and parcel to the mental health issues of today. No.. not suggesting in any way your issues are like that… just making an overall general point. Saying that.. I am sorry life has tossed you a few rocks… not sympathy.. but a bit of empathy. Looks like you’re managing the dodging of those things. 🙂

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          1. AuthorSarahKrewis

            Thank you. I mainly deal with the aftershocks of misdiagnosed Post Pardum Depression and PTSD. Having kids were worth everything I have been through, but it nearly killed me. I agree with you, mental health is a huge issue that needs attention. Many people use it as a crutch. I hate saying that, because a huge part of those suffering don’t. But I personally know some who do, and it’s hard to stomach.

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  4. Re-Farmer

    “The basic premise of eliminating gender is that women can’t possibly be seen as equal if they’re seen as a woman… apparently even by other women if things need to be taken this far. This SHOULD be offensive to any woman with any common sense. The goal of feminism used to be to be seen as equal while still being able to be a woman. ”

    Ironically, this entire premise is so very misogynistic. It basically insists that females are inherently unequal to men. It’s not enough to change the label by being “gender neutral”. By this logic, women have to deny femininity and become “men.” Womanhood must be erased. The sexism of this is so blatant, yet completely ignored by those pushing to eliminate gender.

    Years ago, back in our home schooling days, one of my daughters took a course on the history of the English language. We had some interesting discussions about the last of gender neutral words in modern English (meaning, gender neutral terms that could be used as well as gendered versions). We used to have them. “Man” for example, was a gender neutral term to refer to humanity in general. The prefixes were and wyf added gender; wereman was “male human” and wyfman was “female human.” Wyfman evolved to our modern “woman”, but the male term disappeared. (side note: that’s why in stories of werewolves, they are all male.) Instead, the gender neutral term was used. This happened with other male terms as the English language evolved. They simply fell into disuse, rather than changing into some other variant, as “woman” did.

    Which means that, in the evolution of the English language, males got left in linguistic limbo, leaving only the gender neutral terms to apply to them.

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  5. macsbooks311

    I completely agree with you. As a life long feminist, I am flabbergasted at what is passing for feminism today. I don’t want to be gender neutral. I want to be the amazing, brilliant capable woman that I am.

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    1. Doug

      In a perfect world would “feminism” even matter? We are human and hence we don’t live in a perfect world. Humans are defined according to gender by nature. I have no problem with the female push for social equality, but we don’t live in a vacuum; nature gets in the way, no matter how many bras you burn or renditions of “I Am Woman” is sung. Some women actually enjoy being “feminine”.
      But here’s the problem… men have little to say on the subject because men are the “culprits” who are stepping on the throats of women… right?

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      1. macsbooks311

        Doug – I suspect your problem with this post has more to do with your own inadequate male ego. Sorry, bud. I never said anything about “the perfect world.” For the record, I believe that males have screwed it up royally from day 1. Wars, greed, revolutions, more war, stepping on the throats of women, minorities, yes, that’s on the shoulder’s of males. There are few who actually could change the outcome, even fewer who actually have changed it over it time, but the bottom line is that I am a feminist – a wife, a mother of two sons – who despises what MALES have done to the world. You don’t want to accept your responsibility in all of this and yet look at your posts. You very clearly are an angry male. Angry that women are talking about this. Angry that we are right in blaming males. Angry that we “burn our bras.” Just angry. Too damn bad. This imperfect world in which we live is falling to pieces because of MEN who do not want peace, do not want equality, do not want to solve the world’s problems. MEN. We are so close to medical breakthroughs that could change the lives of billions of people but all of the money needed to get to that next step is spent on war, offensive military regimes, killing others. We are on the cusp of technological breakthroughs and yet we all have to pause so that MEN can get their share of the profits and invest it in MORE wars, greed and destruction just as they have since the beginning of time. So, yes, Doug I do blame men for quite nearly everything wrong in this world and, no, you do not get a say in what I think or believe. I didn’t even think you should have a say on this post but it wasn’t mine. If it had have been mine – your original comment would have been deleted. I’m sick of MEN trying to mansplain to me what feminism is or what it means to be feminine because no male human knows – including you!

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