The war between reality and delusion is over, and delusion has won. The Associated Press is taking gender madness mainstream:
In a Friday email to subscribers listing updated entries for its style manual, the Associated Press is urging journalists to avoid making references in news stories that suggest there are only two sexes in the human race.
The term “gender,” the AP Stylebook says, is “[n]ot synonymous with sex.”
“Gender refers to a person's social identity while sex refers to biological characteristics,” the style guide explains.
“Not all people fall under one of two categories for sex or gender, according to leading medical organizations, so avoid references to both, either or opposite sexes or genders as a way to encompass all people. When needed for clarity or in certain stories about scientific studies, alternatives include men and women, boys and girls, males and females.”
Now it is not just the sjw kooks who will insist taht we all we ignore history, science and all common sense and pretend that there are more than two sexes and turn our language inside out in order to further the pretense. With the AP's prodding, mainstream publications will start spouting the same nonsense in widely read and trusted sources and the rush will be on to shame us into submission.
Words have power, and they can be wielded in wicked ways:
For a couple of years now I've comforted myself (perhaps in a delusional fashion) in thinking that our system of courts could eventually sort this out through the various lawsuits currently clogging the system over transgender bathroom cases. If the Supreme Court could eventually demand that some plaintiffs provide scientific proof (which does not exist) that mankind isn't comprised of two fundamental genders which are defined by not only obvious physical structures but our very DNA, the issue would be settled. Yes, there is a small segment of the population with genetic aberrations which manifest in the form of sexual organs and traits of both genders, but that's not evidence of some cancellation of the basic biological design of human beings. It is, as described, an aberration which we do our best to accommodate. As for those born with the normal complement of XX or XY structures in their 23rd chromosomal pairs, simply “feeling” like the other gender (which means the same thing as “sex” for purposes of this discussion) doesn't mean you are that gender. This is as true as the fact that people who suffer from Cotard's Syndrome are not actually zombies.
In the meantime, a judge has OK'd a petition for America's "first genderless person":
The March 10 decision, reported for the first time on Thursday, involved a 27-year-old who was born male but claimed to identify with no gender whatsoever. Judge Amy Holmes, who approved the petition, also last year approved a “non-binary” gender designation for another Portland resident.
The 27-year-old formerly known as Patrick Abbatiello, now legally designated agender, also got legal approval to change names, now going only by “Patch,” no surname. That name also serves as a pronoun, Patch explained to the local NBC affiliate this week.
“Even gender-neutral pronouns don't feel as if they fit me,” Patch said. “I feel no identity or closeness with any pronouns I've come across. What describes me is my name.”
"When a man loves agender . . ." Oh, yeah, that works.
A bill is still alive in the General Assembly to allow Hoosiers to carry handguns concealed without a permit. The governor of North Dakota has just signed such a bill. Residents of that state now need only to have carried a valid driver's license or state identification card for a year before being allowed to carry without a permit.
Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, are moving to strengthed protections for interstate travel by gun owners. The Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act would expand and clarify the interstate firearm transportation rules instituted under the Firearms Owners' Protection Act of 1986. Under that law, Americans are allowed to transport firearms from one state where they can legally possess them to another so long as certain requirements are met, such as the firearms being unloaded and locked in a container not easily accessible to passengers. The new bill would expand those protections to include stops along the interstate trip and even overnight stays. It would also require that the state pay attorneys' fees for individuals who successfully defend themselves in court under the bill. It would further allow those who are illegally detained for transporting firearms in accordance with the law to sue the jurisdiction that detained them for damages.
Now, if they just don't screw this up the way they did Obamacare replace and repeal . . .