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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Gender Neutrality, Political Correctness Fog!

Politicians like those in Olympia, WA (WA gender neutral language) are so concern about acknowledging our differences in society as male and female that they have prioritize time to enforce gender-neutral language changes in the written laws of the state. Sadly, if I didn't live in this era and culture to see with my own eyes the daily dramatization of what I just wrote in my earlier sentence, but instead was reading the writings from several centuries past, I would be rolling in laughter at this kind of logic and approach. But in reality it is no laughing matter is it?

A fellow named Jonathan Katz once wrote, "Political correctness is the narrowing of the range of acceptable opinions to those held by a small group that enforces it. It is an attempt, often successful, to coerce the majority to accept the opinions of the enforcing group by suppressing any contrary opinion and making independent thought unacceptable. The enforcing group may be afraid of the the consequences of open discussion, or of making the facts known. It generally has a practical motivation: it wants something of value (money, jobs, special privileges) to which it has a weak claim. So it attempts to enforce its claim by ruling any disagreement from it outside the bounds of acceptable discourse. This is unnecessary when the claim is self-evidently strong, but may be the only means of getting the claim accepted when it is weak."

The truth is, I have had male and female bosses or superiors in the business and professional environment through out my life time. As an employee, I had no problem discerning or acknowledging that the chain of command, hierarchy, and structure which existed rose to that male or female. I do not need gender neutrality to emphasize that. A similar and more valuable arrangement exist in my home and marriage, and I acknowledge our differences and roles. Do you have a problem with discerning male and female differences that requires gender neutral clarity?

The trend has also become a state-by-state political correctness phenomenon it appears. Several states' law-makers have taken a liking to this preferred way of spending taxpayer dollars then focusing on measures to restore healthy family structure, and eliminate perpetuating cycles of generational abuse. It is amazing how as a society we continue to seek to fix the system rather than the people, yet we the people unnecessarily continue to suffer and die at our own hands. We must quit running away from our responsibilities owed to ourselves and descendants by making appeasing decisions to save and further our careers, and make the hard choices that are frequently and erroneously labeled "unloving". The gender neutrality discussion is another wasteful systemic discussion while real people hurt (litany of abuses), are murdered (school shootings, etc.), and more. The question of whether there was a fireman as oppose to firefighter, or policeman as oppose to police officer present, has no bearing on the lives that were likely just lost or derailed forever. However, the lack of balance and presence of a mother and father, or family advocating mentor/influence in the disturbed perpetrator's life 99% of the time means all the difference in the outcome of the situation.

Boundaries and other various tangible or abstract lines of distinction, as well as the existence of our natural and obvious differences as male and female are healthy and purposeful. I have a healthy respect for the differences (not wrong, or less significant) which exist between my wife and I. As a matter of fact, while we have acknowledge the strategic importance of our roles (leadership, submission, hierarchy, occupational abilities, physical talents, etc), we just as quickly embrace our equality to the tone of a healthy, loving, and fulfilling relationship and marriage. That fundamental equality which we honor and embrace exists in the essence of who we are, not our roles. So if this is what the fuss of gender neutrality under the fog of political correctness is all about (seeking equality), please lets talk and let me also introduce you to a few friends of mine who are just as fulfilled and are prepare to spread this healthy epidemic. And mind you that in achieving bliss, structure and healthy discipline despite our wants and damaging cultural persuasions must reign supreme. Truth is absolute not optional, especially if the facts are proven by the stats of life.

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