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The CIS-Hetero-Patriarchy Strikes Back

Every time a so-called gender squabble assaults the news, I’m reminded that it could very well present a tremendous learning opportunity. For example, there has been a recent tussle over whether the nightmarish term ‘birthing parent’ is preferable to the more well known and civilisationally sustaining ‘mother’. It’s clarifying, right? Based on their choices, one can easily identify the well adjusted with a sense of biology and reality. And then there’s the rest: those unembarrassed to be thought of as insane.

For context, Sall Grover, a new mother, recently tweeted her annoyance with a Medicare form requiring her signature under the aforementioned category of ‘birthing parent’. For more context, such a term is even disputed among the gender warriors in their institutional redoubts. ABC Everyday, reliably up to date with the latest stupidities, has often replaced the word ‘women’ with the allegedly more inclusive moniker ‘vulva-owners’. The academy, where all this nonsense got underway, likes the less than melodious ‘gestational individual’, as the asylum patients at ANU’s Gender Institute recommend.

Sall Grover, who has bravely inveighed against this madness for years, found a receptive ear in Bill Shorten. As Minister for Government Services, Shorten noticed Grover’s complaint in The Daily Telegraph and immediately moved to have the typo corrected in all government documents from now on. Three cheers, then, for the former opposition leader, who finally has a kind word in the pages of Quadrant. Enjoy it, Bill, as you’ll soon find yourself cast as an unrepentant transphobe, undeserving of inclusion in civilised company.

Grover, who knows such company well, doesn’t hold back, and the bluntness of her response is precisely what makes her such a heroine. All these gender-inclusive language deformities, she claims, are “exclusionary, alienating and derogatory.” She continues, and this is a key point: “It is just this dehumanising language that we have been expected to accept.” I think this remark explains the intensity of the tantrum that so many of the gender ideologues are going through right now: they had been on such a good run that they’d forgotten what a setback felt like. That’s why — and yeah, I do enjoy it — they’re so panicked and confused.

SBS, to the surprise of nobody, tersely summarised Grover’s complaints and then called in the academic and activist vanguard to explain why the extirpation of ‘mother’ is actually inclusive and anyone raising an objection is just, you know, “politically motivated.” Even news.com.au served up this head-scratchingly absurd sentence in defense of Grover’s critics: “Each year in Australia, several men give birth to children.” News Corp’s fact checkers really should have been on that one as it turns out that only women give birth (yeah, you can look it up).

The Twitter reaction — words I always type with a sense of foreboding — was characteristically unhinged. ABC favourite and purported comedian Rebecca Shaw summed up the mood pretty well when she described dear Bill Shorten and Labor as: “Absolutely f*****g stupid gutless pathetic losers”.

The only slightly more articulate Culture Editor at The Conversation, Patrick Lenton, whose vocabulary consists almost solely of ‘transphobia’ and its derivations, huffed about Katherine Deves and her approval of Shorten’s intervention. Thanks, Pat, for your useful reminder that the former Warringah candidate was — yeah, let me just check — absolutely vindicated about the intrusion of trans insanity into medicine, women’s sport and, well, everything.

Those lamenting the deletion of ‘birthing parent’, let’s recall, are the same people who are greatly deluded about a number of other things: men can give birth, they tell you with a straight face; Lia Thomas, that tall and ballsy fellow dominating the winner’s swimming podium is a woman, of course, and don’t you dare think otherwise; lesbians who refuse to be attracted to trans-women — umm, blokes — are contemptibly transphobic. On and on it goes. Unsustainably, one hopes.

Before this scuffle, Sall Grover was under fire for her social media platform, Giggle, which was designed for exclusive availability to women of the traditional and biological variety. Of course, a chappie in the trans community had a sook, took her to court, sent her through hell, and — this is the best part — withdrew and scampered.

She won that, and this one, and I wish her well in the battles to come. Not that she needs much help. Sall Grover has already provided the so far unanswerable rejoinder to all the fashionable whining about gender inclusivity and wotnot that we hear every day without end. She says:

If you think women have penises, I won’t believe a single word you say about anything else. Because if you lie about something so obvious, I will assume you lie about everything else.

This latest squabble, like a few of the others, reveals the habitual liars that occupy, most unfortunately, much of the elite media, our educational establishment, and social media. Cheer up, though. As Sall reminds us, they’re in effect begging you not to take them seriously. So, it’s simple: don’t.

13 comments
  • 27hugo27

    This whole subversion of language, science, history and identity is Orwell’s great legacy for us as it all boils down to making us admit that 2+2 =5. Had never heard of Grover till now – what a brave woman!

  • ianl

    test

  • Doubting Thomas

    ianl, 5 x 5. Come on in the water’s fine.

  • Daffy

    This legbiter circus is another episode in the long and festering hatred of women that has soured so many societies. But its worse, and self destructionally worse; they also deprecate and hate motherhood. The noblest state there is, but they hate it, want to strip women of that inherent status and transmogrify it into a sexless and ultimately male domain. I guess they’ll go on to re-badge babies as ‘abortion inputs’.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Daffy, It might just be my distorted perspective, but my strong impression is that it is extreme feminist women who are the most virulent haters of “women who just want to be women”.

  • loweprof

    We don’t torture prisoners when we’re interrogating them.
    We employ a technique known as the discomfort facilitated extraction of information.

  • Patrick McCauley

    Always believed that even to talk about this stuff – elicits a new form of stupidity ( we actually become dumber as we speak it) Its quite possible that by the time I get this thought down on paper – I could be rendered so stupid that I forget my own name. Where will this extreme level of ‘compassion’ or ‘inclusion’ end ? Men with manufactured wombs, using pronouns as weapons of mass destruction, have brought western civilisation to its knees.

  • Bernard

    As my wife remarks, the Medicare form assumes that all birthing parents are right handers. Shame on Medicare! Apologise!

  • Ian MacDougall

    And so it all spirals ever inwards until it disappears up its own (well-worn) fundamental orifice with a bang that echoes round the world.

  • Petronius

    All this semantic bizarreness is premised upon the conviction that enough of a very small ‘protected’ minority will be so offended that they expect the standard words for male and female to be substituted with ugly neologisms. Can this really be so? Out the door go our native speech and literature. The real point about this change is the same with all applied gender theory – it is designed by a political movement to disturb the ways, manners and customs of normal society and kick a goal for radical transformation. What is really strange is how the national institutions are falling for it. Thank you, Mr Shorten.

  • Elizabeth Beare

    This is a direct quote of the initial reportage on this matter in The Australian:
    “Each year in Australia, several men give birth to children. In 2014-2015, as many as 55 men gave birth, according to Medicare records.”
    To which I must reply: men do not and never will give birth to children. (It is outrageous to even suggest it in reportage). Confused women thinking they are male may give birth to children though. I pity the child.
    If anyone female is offended by this, and wants to be known as a man, then don’t have children.
    You do a child in utero no good at all taking male hormones so it is a wise decision to desist.

  • lbloveday

    Bernard,
    .
    If this site would accept images, I’d send one of my left hand writing that has the same attributes as the Medicare diagram.
    .
    May God forgive me for defending Medicare.

  • Bernard

    Hello, lbloveday – 25th July 2022.
    My comment, of course, was ironic, tongue-in-cheek.

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