In California (where else?), a first grade girl was called to the principal’s office for grilling and potential discipline (which she dodged in the end) for calling another child by his (or newly “her”) given first name. It seems the second child had been a “boy” the prior year, and was “transitioning” to a girl in a gender switch. The naughty little first grader called the gender-mobile child by the male name she had known him (now “her”) by for the prior years. The offending girl was investigated for gender bullying and eventually cleared when the “pronoun mishap,” a term coined by the school, was found to be unintentional (WHEW! – close one).
I have absolutely nothing against transgender people, although I confess to finding it profoundly odd. And I have sympathy for the discomfort they must experience in the process of changing genders. I likewise have no patience for bullying people who are different from the majority, be it because of race, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation or any other status that can be used to arbitrarily define people.
But bending over backward to invent verbal offenses and to make differently appearing or abled persons permanent victims meriting extraordinary deference is preposterous.
Political Correctness has invaded our language. Here is a quick guide, taken from several sources, to nasty words or phrases according to the PC police.
I suppose taken to its logical conclusion, a person (male identification) must become a gender neutral perper, a woman (here we go again, male reference) should be a woperper, more simply a woper, or perhaps ideally a wowo. Then again a human would have to be a huper or arguably a huperper. And lest we forget, a female becomes a feperper or fewowo, while a wife (demeaning connotation) is a wowospouse. But then must a manhole cover become perperhole cover or maybe even a huperhole cover? But wait! Is hole politically correct? We must move to a huperperspace cover! What’s a fellow (er…nonwowoperper) to do? I’m getting more confused by the second. It’s going to be dang difficult to learn this new language to keep the Political Correctness Police at bay!