|Posted by C. Stan Asumen, Jr on August 13, 2015 at 12:10 AM|
Gender Distinctive Humanity
"As unto the bow the cord is,
So unto the man is woman,
Though she bends him, she obeys him,
Though she draws him, yet she follows,
Useless each without the other!"
~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The song of Hiawatha
With the summer breeze giving definite hints of cooling off and back-to-school hype saturating the airwaves, my morning coffee got interrupted by the news that Target department stores are doing away with gender-based in-store signs. Afraid that my modest patch in Divine Providence’s vast here and now had been compromised beyond redeem, I reflexively referred to the busy bodies of cyberspace to shore up my bearings.
Seething with consternation towards LGBT-associated whatever, I searched for the text string “lgbt gender neutrality” on Google Chrome. The links below were cherry picked from the search hits list.
Drilling down into each of the above links made me realize how far and deplorable has the language deteriorated attendant to having been coopted by the politically correct liberal progressive agenda. The degradation is symptomatic of how fragile have proved the cultural moorings of Western, (read, Judeo-Christian) civilization. This is hardly any surprise if we take into account that Christianity emerged in the West from the grandeur that was Rome, which in turn was founded on conquest, plunder, and slavery.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. The main reason it is overly disconcerting stems from the perception that Sarah Lawrence College is the de facto Mecca of Journalism, at least in the Eastern Seaboard. Everybody who is wants to be anybody in Journalism has dreamed of graduating from Sarah Lawrence in one form or another.
Lo and behold, its https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/style-guide/gender.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Gender Neutral Language Guidelines, reads in part:
These guidelines currently apply to publications and policy statements whose primary audience is enrolled students at Sarah Lawrence, such as the student handbook. However, reducing unnecessary gender reference in all materials is ideal.
The politically correct language police assault journalists at the infancy of their profession. There is no wonder then that the entire culture has settled in sweet surrender to political correctness.
Pronouns had been taught me in grammar school to be straightforward and simple. Male is referred to as he. Female gets a she. If you are neither, you are referred to as an it. Then in the name of diversity the language police muddled it all up. In their heels promptly followed the diversity enforcement brigade, sanctioned and fortified by government bureaucracy at every conceivable level.
I am happily proud of my being male. I am exuberantly grateful that there are females to complement the delicious intricacies of my maleness. I both jealously treasure and proudly celebrate the difference. Why should I, in the name of diversity, be saddled with the idea of exploring the dormant possibilities that lurk in-between? Life is simply too short to grieve upon the ambiguity of what might have been or could inadvertently be.
The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon
Turns Ashes--or it prospers; and anon,
Like Snow upon the Desert's dusty Face,
Lighting a little hour or two--is gone.