How ‘diversity’ became a weasel word for the gender warriors

How ‘diversity’ became a weasel word for the gender warriors, by Nick Cater.

The Safe Schools website offers a flavour of the stuff they are peddling. Teachers are instructed to avoid gender-stereotypical comments like: “I need a couple of strong boys to move some tables for me.” They are told not to address the class as “girls and boys” because it alienates gender nonconforming students and to instead use inclusive words such as class, crew or people. They must resist “unnecessary gendering” such as asking boys and girls to form separate queues because of the distress it would cause students “who don’t experience their gender as either male or female”.

In a relatively short space of time the theory of gender fluidity has changed from a fringe academic obsession into semi-official government policy, thus demonstrating that today’s uncontested nonsense becomes tomorrow’s accepted wisdom.

Under the guise of “diversity and inclusiveness” — the weasel words of contemporary morality — the notion that gender is decided by providence has been assigned to the sin bin of political incorrectness.

Postmodernism run wild. Facts are banned, political dominance is everything. Reality is denied.

Chromosomes, prevailing hormones and external and internal anatomy count for nothing; gender is a social performance. A woman or man is not something that one is but something that one does.

Hence Facebook gives you 56 gender options so that you may “feel comfortable being your true, authentic self”.

Personally I preferred modernism and the Enlightenment to this mob rule by political trendies (who, it must never be forgotten, are busy helping themselves to great gobs of taxpayer money, which is what ultimately motivates much of their nonsense).

Old-school feminists such as Germaine Greer who refuse to accept the new orthodoxy have found themselves out in the cold. “Just because you lop off your dick and then wear a dress doesn’t make you a f..king woman,” she said last year. Reaction was extreme; the next time Greer ventured on to a university campus she was flanked by uniformed police.

You’re not trendy enough any more Germaine. You lived by the sword of PC trendiness — it made your “career”. Now you want to pretend you are all on the side of reality.

It was an even more shameful story on the mainstream Left. The politically androgynous Labor Party, free of the working-class connections that once kept the organisation grounded, was more than happy to supply oxygen to genderism’s hocus-pocus arguments, not to mention government cash. …

The ABC swallowed it hook, line and sinker as it always does; transgenderism became another new stick with which to poke the reactionaries on the Right.

hat-tip Stephen Neil