The rutabaga, in my opinion, tastes disgusting. My grandmother used to try and persuade me to eat it – to no avail. The flowering part of the root vegetable contains both pistils and stamens, rendering the brassica napobrassica sexually ambidextrous.
Sweden has taken its cue from the vegetable in that it has decided that its children are to be raised asexually: Swedes must pretend to be swedes.
Swedes can be remarkably thorough in their pursuit of gender parity. A few years ago, a feminist political party proposed a law requiring men to sit while urinating—less messy and more equal. In 2004, the leader of the Sweden’s Left Party Feminist Council, Gudrun Schyman,proposed a “man tax”—a special tariff to be levied on men to pay for all the violence and mayhem wrought by their sex. In April 2012, following the celebration of International Women’s Day, the Swedes formally introduced the genderless pronoun “hen” to be used in place of he and she (han and hon).
Egalia, a new state-sponsored pre-school in Stockholm, is dedicated to the total obliteration of the male and female distinction. There are no boys and girls at Egalia—just “friends” and “buddies.” Classic fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White have been replaced by tales of two male giraffes who parent abandoned crocodile eggs. The Swedish Green Party would like Egalia to be the norm: It has suggested placing gender watchdogs in all of the nation’s preschools. “Egalia gives [children] a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be,” says one excited teacher. (It is probably necessary to add that this is not an Orwellian satire or a right-wing fantasy: This school actually exists.)
Nathan Upton will start Christmas as a man and end it as a man pretending to be a woman; when he returns he wants to be addressed by his pupils as “Miss Lucy”.
Naturally, he has the full support of the headmistress, school governors, local education authority and church diocese; after all, who wants to be the victim of an Equality Act investigation?
Nevertheless, this isn’t going to end well. When I think back to my school days and the torment to which we subjected any teacher who displayed any manner of weakness – I shudder to think what we would have done to the hapless Mr. John had he arrived dressed as a woman in addition to acting like one – I fear Mr/Miss Upton is doomed.
A Church of England Primary school has written to parents to explain that a male teacher will be returning after Christmas as a woman.
St Mary Magdalen’s School in Accrington have asked pupils to address Nathan Upton as Miss Lucy Meadows from the start of the Spring term.
Karen Hardman, the head teacher at the school, said Mr Upton, who will also be dressing as a woman, has her full support.
Parents were informed of the decision at the bottom of a school letter, after a number of other retirement announcements and class room changes.
You could never get away with that today.
In Sweden you can’t even depict boys holding toy guns and girls dressed up as princesses; it is gender discrimination.
Sweden’s largest toy chain has been forced to become ‘gender neutral’ by picturing boys holding baby dolls and girls brandishing toy guns in the pages of its Christmas catalogue.
Top Toy – which holds the franchise for Toys R Us – made the move after being reprimanded by the country’s advertising watchdog for ‘gender discrimination’ in a previous catalogue, which featured boys dressed as superheroes and girls playing princess.
All you need is a note from your psychologist – and most of them are daft enough to give you one – and, hey presto, your sex changes.
There is no mention of a limit on how many times you can switch, so gender could become a fashion accessory to be adjusted as whim dictates.
Transgender people in Ontario can now amend their gender on their birth certificates without first having to undergo gender confirmation surgery.
Ontario is the first province in Canada to scrap the requirement, a move that has been hailed as an important victory for the transgender community.
New rules that have now come into force allow transgender people born in the Canadian province to apply to have their documents amended by submitting a letter from a doctor or a psychologist.
A lesbian couple in California who say their 11-year-old son Tommy who wants to be a girl named Tammy are giving their child hormone blockers that delay the onset of puberty — so that he can have more time that he can have more time to decide if he wants to change his gender.
Thomas began saying he was a girl when he was 3 years old, his parents said in an interview with the Daily Mail. He was learning sign language due to a speech impediment, and one of the first things he told his mothers was, “I am a girl.” They say they thought he was confused or mistaken, and signed back, ‘No. No. Thomas is a boy.”
But Thomas insisted, they said. He shook his head “no” and repeated what he had signed.
They said Thomas threatened to mutilate his genitals when he was 7, and psychiatrists diagnosed a gender identity disorder.
One year later, he began transitioning to Tammy.
It can’t be a coincidence that a child brought up in an atmosphere of gender malleability has decided, at an age when most children are barely aware of what sexuality is, that he wants to change his sex.
The lesbians have made a creature in their own image; even if it was inadvertent, an act of consummate selfishness.
What better recommendation for not allowing same-sex couples to adopt children.
Or, to put it in Newspeak “old-fashion gender roles”.
Young Canadians are carrying around some gender stereotypes that seem more in line with what their parents or grandparents might have thought, a new global study suggests.
The report, released Thursday by the development agency Plan International, found 31 per cent of Canadian boys aged 12 to 17 believe a woman’s most important role is feeding her family and taking care of the home.
That compared to 15 per cent of boys in the United Kingdom, but well short of 73 per cent in India and 68 per cent in Rwanda, who answered the same way.
When the question was asked of Canadian adults, 24 per cent agreed that a woman’s primary role should be in the home.
Almost half — 48 per cent — of the Canadian adolescents polled said men should be responsible for earning an income and providing for their families. Among Canadian adults, 43 per cent felt the same way.
Joan Simalchik, a professor of gender studies at the University of Toronto, also expressed surprise over the results.
“That’s not what we see at universities, and it’s not quite what we see in the real world,” she said of the idea that so many young Canadians are holding out-of-date views on the sexes.
Obviously, the prodigious efforts that schools make at indoctrinating their charges out of “out-of-date views on the sexes” isn’t working too well.
Sometimes I love a backlash.
That is the view of the exemplar of tolerance, Glenn Close, who plays a cross dresser in her new film.
Glenn Close is not a man. And she is not gay. But she so fully assumes the bizarre form of an Irish woman who hides her sex beneath stiff collars and black suits in the new film Albert Nobbs, that you have to recalibrate all notions of gender by the final credits.
Close says that was pretty much the whole idea behind bringing her Obie-winning role to the screen: “Gender is irrelevant. It basically should be irrelevant.”
Some people will change their point of view, and those who are either too old, or too blinkered, to accept the beauty of difference will just have to “die off,” she says.
Hiding one’s sexual identity by dressing as a member of the opposite sex expresses the irrelevance of gender as effectively as a man in a wig expresses the irrelevance of baldness.
And since cross-dressing seeks to disguise a difference, it’s difficult to see how it enhances the “beauty of difference.”
Perhaps it is Ms. Close’s brain cells that have died off.
Australian passports will now have three gender options – male, female and x.
The new category is only for use by intersex people – who are not biologically entirely male or female.
Trangendered passport-holders – who have changed gender but not had surgery – will be free to choose either male or female, but will not be allowed to select ‘x’.
She said: ‘”X” is really quite important, because there are people who are indeed genetically ambiguous and were probably arbitrarily assigned as one sex or the other at birth.
‘It’s a really important recognition of people’s human rights that if they choose to have their sex as “indeterminate”, they can.’
In Western society, being inter-something is an increasing obsession. Interfaith services commemorating 9/11 were popular and were attended by people who believe that proclaiming their non-adherence to any specific religion is more virtuous than espousing the truth of one to the exclusion of the others. The objective reality that if one religion is true the others must be false, has to be resisted at all costs since that would foster exclusiveness and inequality – the antithesis of the only permitted absolutes, inclusiveness and equality.
As the article notes, it has become a human right to deny objective reality. Thus, to insist on the objective existence of a person’s gender is now gauche: a person’s sex is determined existentially. A person doesn’t behave like a man because he is one, he is a man because he behaves like one: behaviour precedes essence.
What next, I wonder: an interspecies category for those whose sexual excess is behavioural evidence of their being rabbits?
“So it’s a boy, right?” a neighbour calls out as Kathy Witterick walks by, her four month old baby, Storm, strapped to her chest in a carrier.
Each week the woman asks the same question about the baby with the squishy cheeks and feathery blond hair.
Witterick smiles, opens her arms wide, comments on the sunny spring day, and keeps walking.
She’s used to it. The neighbours know Witterick and her husband, David Stocker, are raising a genderless baby. But they don’t pretend to understand it.
While there’s nothing ambiguous about Storm’s genitalia, they aren’t telling anyone whether their third child is a boy or a girl.
Witterick and Stocker believe they are giving their children the freedom to choose who they want to be, unconstrained by social norms about males and females.
By the time this poor child is old enough to “choose who he wants to be”, he will also be old enough to realise that he has been the victim of a grotesque experiment by parents more interested in sacrificing him on the altar of their crackbrained ideology than in loving him.
If he has any sense he will get away from them as far as he can as quickly as possible.
El’Jai Devoureau, a woman who decided she was really a man, embarked on hormone therapy and surgery to release her inner man before starting a highly sought-after job watching other men urinate. After the discovery that Devoureau’s outer appearance didn’t entirely match her inner aspirations, she was fired because her employer only hires men to watch other men urinate. Devoureau is suing because her employer “discriminated based on birth gender”; Devoureau wants to continue watching men urinate.
El’Jai Devoureau’s lawyer commends her courage – not, as one might think, for taking the job in the first place – but for “drawing a line in the sand” on behalf of the all the other ex-women waiting to take up similar employment:
‘As our society becomes appropriately more tolerant, I hope that there are more brave people that are willing to endure the collateral problems by drawing a line in the sand and saying they won’t stand for discrimination,’
And a professor of law muses on unusual interview questions that lab employees may have to look forward to:
‘I would have absolutely told them to retain the employee and think about how to address transphobia and heterosexism in their environment.
You don’t ask someone: ‘What do your genitalia look like?” she said. ‘That was a very poor choice on the employer’s part.’
All of which makes me grateful that I work with computers.