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Enough now

There seems to be a dark force in society. Perhaps I could even go so far as to call it a moratorium on a woman’s sense of identity. The biology of womanhood is being ripped away by identity politics.

And it’s making me sad. Or angry. Sometimes both.

In the UK and here in Australia, there are changes being made to terms used throughout history to describe acts that are purely female, our biological reality. For example, paperwork and documentation in hospitals and universities use terms such as ‘gestational parent’ in favour of mother, and ‘chest feeding’ instead of ‘breast feeding’. And don’t even start me on ‘people who menstruate’.

We are apparently supposed to accept this as inclusive and tolerant. But it is the exact opposite.

There is no doubt that people can feel like they were born in the wrong body. This is not a new phenomenon; it’s been something that has plagued humans for centuries. In contemporary society though, we are fortunate to have the medical and scientific know-how to help these people transition to the gender they most identify with. This is marvellous and I don’t know of anyone, personally, who would try to stop this from happening.

But are we in a daze? In a trance-like slumber? Why are we allowing these changes to be made for a minority? For it will ALWAYS, only, ever be a minority who transition their gender. I’m all for them to be comfortable and I’m keen for everyone to feel included in society. But it is madness to excise terms, those wonderful elements that make a woman, well, a woman. It’s counter-productive, it’s divisive and I don’t understand why we’re not speaking out against this.

Come on, this is fundamental. Let’s not lose the female, the wonder of being a woman. Enough now, stop.

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9 thoughts on “Enough now”

  1. The other day, a colleague who is a gestational parent visited with newborn biological offspring in a perambulator. The offspring required feeding, so the gestational parent, chest fed the offspring in my work room.

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  2. I agree, but possibly not for the same reasons.., The role of a language, first and foremost, is to communicate information. I’m not sure that “breast feeding” -> “chest feeding” improves that significantly. This sounds like the nutty days of chairman -> chairperson, when ultimately we have evolved past that anyway. If a woman happens to also be the chairman, nobody bats an eyelid.

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