JUly 1st, 2023 | ALLAN RAY

The Word "Woman" Is Next

Some fringe activists and academics are trying to redefine what it means to be a woman.
In a disconcerting turn of events, there are hypothetical discussions taking place among certain fringe activists and academics who are plotting to obliterate the word woman from the English language. This is particularly happening at the University Of British Columbia's Vancouver campus. Motivated by their own political agenda, this handful of activists aims to replace woman with a gender-neutral term, thus attempting to erase the distinct identity and experiences of women. Such a sinister plot disregards the importance of acknowledging and honouring the struggles, achievements and rights of women throughout history. If successful, this calculated move would inflict grave harm, not only eroding the progress made by classical feminists, but also undermining the ongoing fight against whatever remains of gender-based discrimination. It is essential to remain vigilant and to resist any attempts to manipulate language for ulterior motives, ensuring that the voices and rights of women continue to be recognized and respected.
Language plays a fundamental role in shaping our perception of the world and how we communicate our thoughts and ideas. It is a powerful tool for expressing our identities and experiences. Recently, there have been fringe discussions about the erasure or redefinition of the word for political purposes. However, such an endeavor would have perilous consequences for society, including the erosion of women's rights, the denial of their unique experiences, and the undermining of efforts towards gender equality.
The erasure of the term "woman" from the English language would potentially dilute the legal protections and rights that have been hard-won by women throughout history. By eliminating the linguistic category of "woman", it becomes challenging to address the specific issues faced by women and develop policies that address their unique needs. Women's rights, including reproductive rights, equal pay, and protections against gender-based violence, rely on acknowledging the existence and distinct challenges faced by women.
The word encompasses the experiences, struggles, and achievements of half of the global population. Removing this word not only erases their identity but also dismisses the rich history and contributions of women to society. Women have historically faced discrimination, sexism, and gender-based violence. By erasing the word, we risk denying the lived experiences of women and trivializing the gender-specific challenges they encounter.
Promoting gender equality necessitates recognizing and celebrating the diversity of gender identities. However, erasing woman in the name of inclusivity can inadvertently undermine this very goal. Gender equality is about challenging gender stereotypes, expanding opportunities, and advocating for equal rights for all genders. It is not achieved by erasing the specific category of "woman" but rather by affirming the rights and identities of all genders.
The concept of intersectionality, as flawed as it is, acknowledges that individuals experience multiple forms of oppression and discrimination based on the intersection of various social identities, such as race, class, and gender. Erasing the word overlooks the complex interplay between gender and other aspects of identity, hampering efforts to address the unique challenges faced by marginalized groups of women. Intersectionality recognizes that women's experiences are not monolithic and requires a nuanced understanding of the intersections of gender with other social categories.
The left would have no means to spread their ludicrous ideologies without the term “woman”.
The erasure of the word from the English language, for political purposes, would have far-reaching and dangerous implications. It would undermine women's rights, deny their unique experiences, and hinder progress towards gender equality. Instead of erasing the word "woman," efforts should be directed towards promoting inclusivity, acknowledging diverse gender identities, and fostering a society that respects and upholds the rights of all individuals. Striving for equality does not require the erasure of women, but rather a commitment to dismantling gender-based discrimination and embracing the richness of human experiences.
Totalitarian regimes throughout history have systematically manipulated language to control and suppress dissent. George Orwell's novel, 1984, depicted the dystopian society of Oceania, where the government employed "Newspeak" to restrict free thought and eliminate the ability to express dissenting ideas. By altering and limiting language, these regimes sought to maintain control over the population and eradicate opposing viewpoints. During World War II, propaganda played a significant role in shaping public opinion. Governments and authoritarian regimes manipulated words to dehumanize certain groups and to justify acts of discrimination and violence.
During the era of European colonialism, indigenous languages and cultures were often suppressed or outright forbidden. Native languages were replaced with the language of the “colonizers”, resulting in the loss of cultural heritage and erasure of indigenous knowledge. This deliberate change in language had far-reaching consequences, including the disruption of social structures, loss of identity, and the marginalization of indigenous communities. Now, our society is facing the blowback from these generational mistakes.
These examples illustrate how manipulating or changing words can be employed to perpetuate discrimination, control populations, and suppress dissent. They serve as reminders of the importance of language in shaping perceptions and protecting human rights.
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