Do we really have to cater for 58 different genders?
By Karalee Katsambanis, a mother-of-three and a journalist for more than 20 years.
The Age, May 30, 2016
New York City now officially recognizes 31 genders. Facebook has gone even better and upped the ante on New York by managing to recognize 58 genders.
NYC’s Commission on Human Rights has released a list of different genders that businesses must accommodate or risk a six-figure fine.
Using the wrong pronoun when referring to someone who may get offended by what someone else has said, could also result in a fine.
Talk about treading on eggshells. This whole gender identity issue is beginning to exemplify political correctness gone mad.
Sex and gender are defined as being different things. However, people really are beginning to tune out with the level of political correctness currently being rammed down our throats by a small minority intent on redefining well-known and understood societal norms.
It has nothing to do with recognising gender diversity as a genuine issue. But 58 genders? This is ridiculous!
It is high time we stopped tip-toeing around a tiny, radical minority and brought some plain old-fashioned common sense back into fashion.
This is also NOT about being homophobic, so let me knock that one on the head too. Gay friends were happy to be enlightened by me regarding the 58 choices we apparently all have, and even they rolled their eyes!
Number 1 on the New York list is bi-gendered, followed by cross-dresser, drag-king, drag-queen, femme queen, female-to-male, FTM, gender bender, genderqueer, male-to-female, MTF, Non-Op, Hijra, Pangender, Transexual/Transsexual, Trans person, woman, man, butch, two-spirit, trans, agender, third sex, gender fluid, non-binary transgender, androgyne, gender-gifted, gender-bender, femme, person of transgender experience, androgynous.
‘Woman’ and ‘Man’ come in at number 16 and 17 on the list and if most people are not a little surprised at that, then they are not being honest.
It defies logic that anyone outside a small, ideologically-driven cabal would even know all 31 supposed genders.
Facebook has introduced 58 “custom” gender options. Added to the 31 above, are the terms beginning with “Cis”. Cisgender, cis female, cis man, cis woman, cis gender female, cis gender woman, cis gender male, cis gender man and so the list goes on.
There are few who actually know what Cisgender means. A quick search online reveals that it means someone who identifies with the gender they were born with.
The term was supposedly created for referring to “non-transgender” people without alienating transgender people. For example, if the doctor announces a baby girl as being a girl, and she is fine with being a girl, then she is cisgender.
At the moment, Australia is not in the same social experimental grip of political correctness as the USA, where these issues cause angst and division on a daily basis.
However, Australia is often not far behind – so let’s be careful for what we wish for.
Eleven US states are suing the Obama administration over the federal directive that schools should have “gender neutral” bathrooms, claiming they have been bullied into adopting his ideology.
Their lawsuit claims that the privacy and safety of children have been put recklessly at risk by Obama’s mandate compelling schools to allow toilet and locker room access on the basis of a person’s chosen gender identity, not biological gender.
In 2016, Australia is a tolerant society. If someone who is transitioning gender (such as a man becoming a woman) uses the female bathroom, other patrons wouldn’t bat an eyelid. But we are opening a Pandora’s box if we go the way of America and allow anyone to use the same bathroom.
We do not want sexual predators in female bathrooms, or even anti-gay or anti-transgender predators who may do harm. We also do not want some smart-alec 18-year-old schoolboy to be invading the bathrooms of 13-year-old school girls.
Suddenly, everywhere you look in Australia it is trendy to be talking about gender identity and if you are not talking about it, some people will try to make you out to be “not with it”.
It does seem rather incongruous that some want us to allow men to use the female bathroom at the same time as we are finally shining a spotlight on domestic violence against women.
While one set of bureaucrats is organising women-only taxis and women-only parking bays, is it really “progress” to get rid of the well-accepted separate male and female toilets?
This again smacks of a small vocal minority trying to impose their view of how they see the world and push their agenda upon the rest of us.
If anyone dares to speak against it, suddenly we are all “anti-gender identity”.
This whole issue defies logic and reality because nobody seems to be allowed to have a discussion or debate on the topic. The silent majority is instead ridiculed by “progressives” for bringing attention to the idiocy of it all.
Australian society quickly needs to lose this obsession with caving-in to fringe groups on extreme interpretations of gender identity out of fear for somehow being labelled intolerant or not diverse.
As a woman who has now become enlightened to learn that I have apparently lived my whole life as a cisgender girl who is now a cisgender woman, and has no problems with any gender choice others may make, I ask the radical minority to be respectful of me and my views on this issue.
Sadly, in this age of growing intolerance and irrationality, I already know what the response will be.