Slate is Beyond Parody Sometimes

Here is some ninny wringing her (xer?) hands at the horror of saying “It’s a boy!/It’s a girl!” at birth. It’s gender imperialism, doncha know. The sheer melodrama of the thing merits being read aloud at a party. Unintentional hilarity at its finest.

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  • HornOrSilk

    I think the author is “transgender” looking at other articles written on the net. So it’s trans-imperialism!

  • JJG

    Godfrey Danielles! Parent of Pearl!
    -W. C. Fields

  • Dave G.

    This really isn’t anything new. The same thing was done back in the 1970s when it came to saying he and she, man and woman. Calling a boat ‘she’? Sexist! Saying Policeman? Or brethren? Gender discrimination from a patriarchal society! At the time, many railed against such protests. So this is just the latest. It’s also worth noting that we eventually gave in and said those ringing the alarms in the 70s about gender exclusive language were right. After all, my Scripture readings go out of their way to conform to what was once ridiculed as lunacy. Let’s see what we’re saying 40 years from now.

    • JJG

      I see some signs of hope in this regard. Johns Hopkins, which used to be foremost in the field, has ceased doing gender reassignment surgery because they now view gender dysphoria as a psychological problem, rather than one which can be relieved by a physical procedure.

      The “war” between men and women has been going on for quite a while. The cartoonist James Thurber did a whole series on it in the 50’s. But we’re now entering the realm of the deeply delusional, and that can’t last for very long, as reality has a way of asserting itself in the long run. As our society ceases to “work”, it will be faced with the choice of conforming itself to reality or collapsing. My guess is that the rise of Islam, which has no patience for all of this nonsense, will pressure us toward the former, as it presents an unappetizing picture of what the latter would look like.

      The philosophy behind so much of our current societal foolishness is deconstructionism, which holds that all viewpoints are “constructed”, and can be “deconstructed” into its components, from which an opposite viewpoint can be “constructed”. Therefore there’s no objective truth. But reality isn’t a construct; it’s real: if you think you can flap your arms and fly, try giving it a shot off the Empire State Building, and reality will assert itself. If we take deconstructionism seriously, then the scientific method doesn’t work, so even the secular materialists must eventually find themselves opposing it. Also, if we take deconstructionism seriously, communication becomes impossible. But still we manage to communicate, so deconstructionism is false by reductio ad absurdam.

      So lunacy like this is eventually self-correcting, one way or another. I just hope we can manage a societal “soft-landing”.

      • Dave G.

        Well said. And yes, there’s always hope.

    • Ye Olde Statistician

      The Greek word Paul uses in his epistles actually does mean “brothers/sisters” and has no single English equivalent. Our word “siblings” does not carry the same sense of intimacy as Paul. Remember: he said in Christ there is “no man and woman.”
      This doesn’t make other things not lunacy. I once heard a fellow at a church near Baltimore recite: “May the Lord accept this sacrifice from your hands to the praise and glory of God’s name, for our good and the good of all God’s holy church.” I couldn’t tell if anyone else in that congregation was a lunatic, but he was certainly distracting, since he emphasized his substitutions by the tone of his voice. Curiously, he did not edit the Our Father.

      • Dave G.

        Of course. But when you see direct and deliberate dropping of a term, when context makes it clear the reference would be ‘a man’, that’s when it went too far (I’m thinking the NAB version of Luke 13.6, when it says ‘a person owned…’). It could have said a ‘man’ owned. Heck, a ‘woman’ owned if they want. But ‘a person’? Please. That shows why it’s tough to compromise with even the best cases, but it never seems to stop at the best case.

  • Matthew

    I just don’t remember the birth of my son being this dramatic. It was pretty straightforward actually, and I remember being thrilled at the fact that I had a firstborn son. Little did I know I was potentially destroying his life….

  • Dan Berger

    A fair bit of the rigid gender stereotyping s/he decries is most clearly evident in the lives of LGBT people. Transgender people I know are the ones who are the most married to rigid stereotypes of masculine/feminine behavior.

    • SteveP

      You have relayed a very important insight. One cannot come out as different without, at the same time, considering everyone else as the same. Hearing the innate prejudice in a coming out story is very saddening.

    • Paxton Reis

      Interesting…there is a transgendered individual in our neighborhood and she (formerly he) has these exaggerated female mannerisms. It comes across as of a parody of a guy pretending to be a women.

  • lspinelli

    I have a daughter who went through a phase of wearing her brother’s clothes and playing football.

    So this author most likely would have dragged her to a gender reassignment therapist or whatever they’re bleeding called…

    Note the word phase. A year later, she was wearing vintage women’s clothing.

    • dasrach

      Yeah, my three-year-old loves dancing, enjoys playing with dolls when he’s on play dates with girls, went through a phase where his favorite color was pink, and likes pretending he’s Anna from “Frozen.” This is clearly because he’s transgender and not because dancing is really fun, he has no dolls or pink things at home and enjoys the novelty, and Anna’s the main character and thus the one kids of both sexes will be most likely to glom to, right?

      • Rebecca Fuentes

        Every girl I know has glommed onto Elsa, because cool ice powers and awesome therapeutic song.

        • dasrach

          For some reason, our son insists on pretending he’s Anna and my husband is Elsa. Come to think of it, this may have something to do with him playing through his feelings of abandoned because of my husband’s recent business trip.

  • Joe

    I find it noteworthy that they don’t seem to allow comments on the article. Is that to save the poor “womyn’s” ego?

    • brian_in_brooklyn

      Joe, to read the comments, just click on the icon to the right of the Twitter icon–it looks like a cartoon word bubble (they’re pretty funny, btw).

  • A severe case of Heterophobia if I’ve ever seen one.

  • CJ

    I read Slate and Salon and usually considered Slate the more reasonable of the two. Nice to see they caught up. Ok, not really.

  • Dean

    So glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I read that.

  • Shawna Mathieu

    Didn’t you know the new hate word is “normal”? Even if you mean it statistically, it invalidates other people’s ideas and experiences and might make them feel guilty and alone because of their choices – oh, that’s right, they’re not “choices”, that’d imply that people can make decisions. There’s a whole new vocabulary to learn in order to not hurt people’s feelings. So I can’t just say, “I’m a woman” – I should say “I’m a heterosexual monogamous cis woman.” Before you ask, “cis” means “my biological sex and what I feel is my actual sex are the same”. Not using the term, I’ve read, might make people think I actually think I’m a “real” or “better” woman than a “trans” woman – pre-op, post-op, taking or not taking hormones, living as a woman, or just “feeling” like they’re a woman.

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    I tried to put a picture here, but it didn’t seem to work.
    I can’t help but think that the author is so offended by something isn’t really a choice. We don’t get to choose our chromosomes, even if they feel like the wrong ones to us.

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      And now I can see the picture. Go figure. He’s obviously traumatized by the doctor declaring him a boy.

  • Dan13

    The comments on that article are truly glorious. When almost 100% of the feedback on a left-of-center editorial site ridicule an article, you have to wonder if Slate’s editors were cynically posting clickbait. So, I think “unintentional hilarity” may not be the best description. Rather, it may be, “let’s troll our readers and set up our deluded-but-earnest freelance writer to mocking criticism.”

  • PalaceGuard

    Some days, Gutenberg has much for which to answer.

  • RSD

    I think this demonstrates how completely these people who believe in transgenderism have separated themselves from the rest of humanity. It’s a boy! or It’s a girl! has to be the MOST basic statement made about a human from the moment they are born, in fact nowadays with prenatal testing often before they are born. To deny this basic fact about a human is to deny their very humanity.

  • Elmwood

    Is it better to play the odds, or play it safe? Think carefully. Infant gender assignment might just be Russian roulette with your baby’s life.

    Scary that this woman or man or both at the same time is comfortable with expressing this opinion.