“€œGender”€ was the name for this fraud that the left trotted out from the world of grammar and dressed up in fancy ideological clothes. So far, no one has come up with a word that means “€œrace as a social construct.”€ I suggest “€œrender.”€ It’s just ridiculous enough to appeal to lefties.

But the feminists were too successful with “€œgender.”€ It became so common it began to lose its ideological baggage and started to mean just, well, sex. Forms now ask for your “€œgender”€”€”and it’s not to thwart the jokers who used to write in “€œas often as possible.”€

“€œGender”€ is one of those words that has been slipped into the language for baldly political purposes. “€œHomeless”€ is another one. Sometime in the 1970s, all the world’s bums and winos got a promotion and became “€œthe homeless,”€ as if their trim houses in the suburbs had all just been leveled by tornadoes.

The feminists have done even worse things, such as bullying us into breaking the laws of grammar. It is a peculiarity of English that we use the singular pronoun “€œhe”€ and the possessive “€œhis”€ when the subject’s sex is unspecified, as in “€œEach student has his own desk.”€ The students can be boys or girls, but each has a desk. Feminists can”€™t stand this. They claim that “€œhis”€ excludes half the population, but this is absurd. Did anyone ever think that “€œHe who hesitates is lost”€ doesn”€™t apply to women? Or that only men would be living in the workers”€™ paradise of “€œFrom each according to his ability, to each according to his need”€?

Once again, however, Americans have been browbeaten into either the clumsy “€œhis or her”€ or the ungrammatical “€œtheir,”€ as in “€œEach student has their own desk.”€ “€œTheir”€ is pathetically, miserably wrong. It is the plural possessive, as in “€œThe fourth-graders left their classroom.”€ However, when Twitter wants you to find out more about someone, you can click to “€œView their profile.”€ What craven surrender!

This kind of language subversion comes only from the left. Every change is a tiny attempt to poison someone’s mind”€”if not yours then your children’s. Today, plenty of young people would be astonished to be told that “€œEvery student should do their homework”€ is as wrong as “€œThey goes home.”€

Every day, the left is beavering away at the language. Fight back. Proudly use such sentences as “€œMan is a mammal so he suckles his young.”€

And in the meantime, Merry Christmas. Or should I say “€œMary Christmas”€? After all, she did all the work, didn”€™t she?

Image of gender symbols courtesy of Shutterstock



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