THE PROBLEM WITH BEYOND HE OR SHE
For its March issue, TIME magazine published an article titled “BEYOND HE OR SHE, How a new generation is redefining the meaning of gender”. As you may have guessed, it is about how many young people do not want to conform to traditional gender nomenclature.
Instead, rebellious as young people tend to be, they want to challenge the status quo and define themselves with freshly minted words. Now, I’m a young in his 20’s guy myself, but I cringe at all these terms that have been swirling around these past few years.
It is a breath of fresh air for TIME to publish a cover that doesn’t involve our orange president, but they could have still chosen better editorial content to give exposure to. My problem is that with this cover, they are validating all the absurdity surrounding these “new” or non-existent genders, however you want to see it.
In the article they quote a 19-year-old named Sophie who said(and I am not kidding), “I don’t understand why people are so attached to labels like female and male.”[end cringe] I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised since this nonsense was spewed by a teenager, what bothers me the most is that this is who they give a voice, one that might ultimately influence other people. And that is scary.
What little Sophie and gender-nonconformists of the like don’t get is that the terms male and female are not some ill-advised terms devised to oppress their precious self expression. The reason people are “so attached” to these labels is because they’re merely used to describe whether you were born with A, a penis, or B, a vagina. Barring hermaphrodites or intersex people, which account for less than .001% of all births, there is no other or in-betweens. Once again, you are one of the two, either male or female, solely based on the genitalia you were born with, not because society wants to put you in a constricted box with expectations you must fill.
If you are a man who doesn’t like “masculine” stuff, perhaps you’re an effeminate male, but a male after all and vice-versa. But one cannot be said to be “agender” unless you have no features that would distinguish you as either one.
If conflicted individuals do not like to be associated with either gender for whatever reason, or want to be both genders, they most likely have some form of gender dysphoria. Even then, they would still be a female or male with gender dysphoria. These conditions are obviously not normal, but of course they can be accepted just like we accept the deluded hobo shouting that he is a reincarnated king.
I attribute the creation of these ridiculous terms partly due to our hyper individualistic society, one in which you HAVE to be a special butterfly. Suddenly you concoct bombastic definitions such as “gender fluid” or “gender-queer” to explain your situation.
Forget the 0’s and 1’s, you are no longer male or female, so you are “non-binary”. So now you must be quantum gendered, and can be in superpositions of gender states. Maybe these new genders stem from the need to describe mental turmoil regarding identity.
No matter the cause for them, these are not real genders that can be defined scientifically. Call it an issue of semantics but new genders in reality are make believe.