Sunday 23 July 2017

Mary Kenny: He says, ze says

Personal pronouns are being replaced to respect transgender theory

Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Ever since I was made aware that folks from the city on the Foyle favoured different names for their home town ("Do you come from Derry?" "Yes, I come from Londonderry") I have believed that people should be called whatever the heck they like. So I have no problem with the transgender (or "intersex") pronoun "ze" replacing "he" and "her".

Justin Trudeau's Canada has even passed a law about personal pronouns. The amendment to the Human Rights Act (Bill C-16) prohibits "gender identity and expression", thus enforcing the use of "ze" (also "zi") where transgender people demand it. Woe betide anyone who adheres to Freud's principle that "anatomy is destiny", or, worse, that biology determines gender or sex.

Sex and gender, according to progressive thinking now, are social constructs. You do not derive your gender identity from your body, or your chromosomes: it's society that has formed gender stereotypes. We can choose our gender identity.

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