The turn language is taking in politics calls to mind that controlling language to control thought was a prime goal of the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s ‘1984.’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is attempting to excise all references to either sex in House business to ‘honor all gender identities’ and ‘promote inclusion and diversity.’
House Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, a United Methodist pastor, ended the opening prayer for the 117th Congress Sunday with ‘amen and a-woman.’
By denying opponents the ability to describe their transgender positions without being publicly shamed, the left wins before the right can even articulate its argument.
‘People of color’ is more than just imprecise terminology; it creates a new tribalism when we should be working to bring all kinds of people together.
Not adding the Q to LGBT has to do with some very important particulars of the gay and lesbian movement and its public relations goals.
You see, I needed a self-centering hole locator to finish a rim joist on the deck we were building, and a pipe nipple, ballcock, and pipe dope for some plumbing repairs. I also needed to buttress a groin vault.
I am certainly not a ‘they,’ and I shudder to imagine a society that prefers to see me as a generic and inclusive pronoun, rather than a whole and autonomous person.
It cannot be stated strongly enough. There is no, not one, not even a wisp of a scientific discovery that requires we now understand sex and gender as two different things.
Nathanael Blake argued here this week that the Oxford comma is a crutch for bad writing, and I must protest. All things considered, this punctuation mark may be more divisive than partisan politics.
The Oxford comma is often superfluous and a crutch for bad writing, yet it has many partisans who want to force it on everyone.
The new book by former Yale Law School Dean Anthony Kronman, ‘The Assault on American Excellence,’ bizarrely avoids placing the blame where it squarely belongs—our morally bankrupt educational systems.
If the real goal is to reprogram thinking, filling hearts with fear about uttering any third-person pronoun is a good place to start.
Of course, I’d prefer my child read classic literature and learn history than sit around reading propaganda on an iPad, but we can’t return to a classical education in the truest sense of the phrase.
This effort to control language is a deliberate erasure of the identities of those who are happy to identify with our biological sex.
If the word for ‘mother’ falls out of fashion or is pushed out of language entirely, will our thoughts still be able to form the idea of mother without the word?
Even if Donald Trump had literally killed Elizabeth Warren, it would not be an extension or endorsement of the Native American genocide. And all he actually did was tweet.
On the big and small screens, new storytelling is losing its ability to saturate our culture and promote shared values.
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