Pronouns and Curb Stomping and All That Jazz

So the TLC cable network has a new show called “I Am Jazz.” The program follows the brave exploits of Jazz Jennings, a biological boy who “identifies” as a girl. Currently in junior high school, Jazz lives as a girl, dresses like a girl, and even looks like a girl. Blessed with delicate features and a slight stature (and assumedly helped along by medication of some kind), Jazz pulls off the girl thing pretty convincingly. Yay, hormones!

jazz-jennings

Jazz Jennings

Since I’m a card-carrying member of the oppressive heteronormative cis-male patriarchy, it may come as a surprise that I completely support Jazz’s right to live as a girl. I think Jazz should have the freedom to put on a dress, trowel on the makeup, even chop off his junk if that’s what blows up his skirt. Jazz has every right to do whatever he thinks will make him happy. I don’t necessarily believe that doing all of this will make him happy in the long run, but that’s not my call or my responsibility. His parents obviously support him in what he’s doing, which likely also means they’re being well compensated by TLC. Good for them, I guess.

Obviously, the entire point of the show is to normalize the abnormal, to create a literal sympathetic poster child for what many people consider a mental illness. Personally, I think what Jazz is doing (and his parents and TLC are doing) is destructive. But people have every right to be self-destructive as long as they aren’t hurting anyone else in the process.

Sadly, that isn’t all there is to this story. Check out this clip, from TLC:

Like I said, I respect Jazz’s right to “identify” as a girl (in spite of that pesky Y chromosome) because I believe in individual freedom. Leftism, though, isn’t about personal liberty. It’s about restricting freedoms to push an agenda. The road to liberalism is paved with good intentions, but those intentions come at a cost. Basically, leftists want the freedom to force everyone else to buy into their own delusions.

In clip above, you’ll note that Jazz whines about how the boys at school don’t flirt with him. Credit where credit is due—the kid does a pretty good job of passing for a girl. But surely he doesn’t expect that the boys at his school are going to just forget the fact that Jazz has the same junk between his legs that they have. Does Jazz (or the people enabling him) think normal American boys are going to be attracted to another dude who just happens to wear makeup and have long hair? Is TLC implying that something has to be done about these rude non-flirting males?

You’ll notice that, throughout the preceding paragraphs, I have maintained masculine pronouns when referring to Jazz Jennings. Yes, I believe in personal liberty, and if Jazz wants to call himself a her, he’s entirely within his rights. But I have my own freedom, and I feel it’s my right to accurately call a boy a boy. Sure, Bruce Jenner has demanded that America “Call Him Caitlyn,” but guess what? Whether your last name is Jenner or Jennings, you’re not the boss of me. I’ll call you whatever I want. You can pout about it, you can cry until your mascara runs down to your Adam’s apple, but your rights end where mine begin … and vice-versa.

To the leftists in America, though, this is unacceptable. People should only have the freedom to say and do the things they approve, or so they believe. Leftists actually think they can dictate to us cis-troglodytes whether we’re “allowed” to use one word (“boy” or “girl,” “he” or “she,” “man” or “woman”) over another. In fact, in the context of Bruce Jenner’s very public coming-out party, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has provided a helpful style guide that we’re all supposed to follow. Here’s just a sampling:

DO describe people who transition as transgender, and use transgender as an adjective. Caitlyn Jenner is a transgender woman.DON’T use transgender as a noun. For example, don’t say: “Caitlyn Jenner is a transgender.” DON’T use “transgendered.” Transgender never needs an extraneous “-ed” at the end. DON’T use “transsexual” or “transvestite.”

DO refer to her as Caitlyn Jenner. DON’T refer to her by her former name. She has changed it, and should be accorded the same respect received by anyone who has changed their name. Since Caitlyn Jenner was known to the public by her prior name, it may be necessary initially to say “Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner…” However, once the public has learned Jenner’s new name, do not continually refer to it in stories.

DO use female pronouns (she, her, hers) when referring to Caitlyn Jenner.

DO avoid male pronouns and Caitlyn’s prior name, even when referring to events in her past. For example, “Prior to her transition, Caitlyn Jenner won the gold medal in the men’s decathlon at the Summer Olympics held in Montreal in 1976.”

DO refer to Caitlyn Jenner’s female identity as her gender identity, not her sexual orientation. Gender identity is one’s own internal, deeply held sense of being male or female. Sexual orientation is who one is attracted to. They are not the same thing and should not be conflated or confused.

It’s worth pointing out that all of the emphasis is in the original. It’s not something I’ve added. DO this, DON’T do that, says GLAAD, if you know what’s good for you!

Even your smart phone is advocating on the side of political correctness. Apple (through the company’s alter-ego, Siri) has provided a helpful lesson on political correctness to all of us Neanderthals who can’t quite knuckle under. Check out these scolding screenshots:

SiriJenner_comp

OK, OK, I get it, Siri. Call him “Caitlyn.” Right.

Oh, right. Sorry. “Her.” Whatever.

Whether your name is Jazz or Jenner, your choices are your choices and your beliefs are your own. You have the freedom to live your life as you want. But neither you nor anyone else has the right to compel another person to accept or condone your choices or your beliefs. You have the right to say what you want, but you don’t have the right to dictate which words I use to refer to myself or to anyone else—including you.

This issue came to a head a few days ago on another cable program, the Dr. Drew show on HLN. Two of Drew’s guests, Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro and Inside Edition reporter “Zoey” Tur, nearly came to blows during a segment on ESPN’s decision to award Bruce Jenner the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Shapiro, a fairly mild-mannered conservative, used the word “sir” when addressing a burly trans who was born Robert Albert Tur:

On a panel discussion … Tur grabbed Shapiro’s neck and growled, “You cut that out now, or you’ll go home in an ambulance.” Shapiro later alleged that Tur had threatened him after the appearance, “I’ll see you in the parking lot,” and that CNN security had escorted Shapiro to his car after ensuring Tur had left the premises. Tur also tweeted out on Friday that he would like to “curb stomp” Shapiro.

zoe tur

“Zoe” Tur

Now just try to imagine the righteous outrage if a cis-male heteronormative facist like Ben Shapiro had assaulted a transgender “woman” like Robert or Bruce or Jazz by wrapping a meathook around his neck and threatened him with violence. How would GLAAD react to a heterosexual male who threatened to “curb stomp” a gay man (or a lesbian) who ticked him off? Anyone stupid enough to behave that way would be fed-slapped faster than you can say “hate crime” or “social justice.” But there’s no such outrage from the left when a dude the size of a pro-wrestler does the same thing to a pencil-neck like Ben Shapiro, because he asked for it, you see.

According to Breitbart, Shapiro has reported the assault to the LAPD, as well he should. Let’s all hold our breath as we wait for justice to be served.

I think we all know it’s only going to get worse. Emboldened by the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the “gay mafia” is already pushing to remove tax-exempt status from churches who persist in teaching the fundamental Christian doctrine that (gasp!) sexual relations should only occur between a man and woman who are married to each other. We’ll see more and more lawsuits against business owners who, because of personal religious beliefs, decline to participate in gay weddings. And eventually—mark my words—we’ll see some Social Justice Warrior push for the criminalization of using the word “he” to describe a dude in lipstick. Once that happens, is coerced transgender flirting very far behind?

Follow-up reading.

Posted in Political Correctness, Politics, Religion