Gender agendas are faux outrage
who embrace the term know it is annoying and feign surprise when people react badly. Secretly they are delighted to be able to trigger someone else for a change.
We have trans-women and cis is the Latin opposite of trans so, you know, it’s Latin. Roughly, trans means ‘‘on that side’’ and cis means ‘‘on this side’’. Latin also has a word for black that is now eschewed by polite society rather than bandied about in order to annoy people.
There is also an agenda. If you can have a cis-woman it implies that trans-women are in fact women and not merely men who would prefer to be women. We are asked to accept that sex is biological and gender is psychological. This hasn’t always been the case and the distinction evolved in the social sciences as late as the 1950s.
Not everyone accepts this distinction and I am amongst them. Still, if you want to think you are demigirl or a genderqueer rather than a boy or girl, great. Politeness means I will not contradict you, nor will I tell a guy wearing mascara and a dress what I think of his life choices.
I am not going to impinge on anyone’s right to live peacefully by confronting them with my small-minded opinions. Yet this same courtesy is not extended to those who do not wish to be defined as cis-anything.
My displeasure at being called cisgender is insignificant, however, compared to the frustration experienced by the Social Justice Warriors. They want to rail at the evil of the sexist Patriarchy, to tear at the bounds of oppression and to courageously march against homophobia.
Unfortunately for these frustrated champions of the oppressed, our Prime Minister is an unmarried breastfeeding mother and her finance minister lives with his boyfriend, and no one cares. Which, honestly, is fantastic and something we can be incredibly proud of, regardless of your politics.
There isn’t anything real to campaign against, so these thwarted insurgents are reduced to defining their own genders and pretending to get annoyed when the rest of us laugh at them and get stuff done.
The Social Justice Warriors want to rail at the evil of the sexist Patriarchy.
Thwarted insurgents will continue to seethe until someone gets annoyed, says Damien Grant.