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A Handy Guide To The New Gender Pronouns

source: http://thefederalist.com/2016/09/05/handy-guide-new-gender-pronouns/

We libertarians get particularly choleric when people try to use government force to curtail our freedoms, like speech. Telling me how to speak is just as bad as trying to shut me up.

 

A Handy Guide To The New Gender Pronouns

 

One of the tenets of libertarianism holds that if something is none of my business, it’snone of my business. Consequently, we libertarians generally don’t support legislation that interferes with people doing whatever they want, as long as there are no victims.

That means, as a libertarian, I don’t care if you want to marry your dog. Go ahead— marry several if you want. Canine polygamy is fine with me. Unless you want to marrymy dog. I would insist that she be first sister-dog. Or canine-wife. I don’t know what to call it because the Gender and Sexual Preference Terminology Council has not yet released its latest style guide, which rumors say will include an expanded view on relationships.

LGBTQ-etc. issues are also none of my business (note to trolls: I am not equating gays with dogs, okay? So don’t start). But I am going to make some observations about the subject, fully realizing that as a cisgendered person, I have no right to do so.

This Isn’t Called Leaving Each Other Alone

First, some housekeeping: I am not anti-gay. I have many friends who are LGBTQ, some of them very close ones. Nor am I homophobic. When I am around gay people they do not “frighten” me. We interact as equals and agree that our sex lives should be private. I even know gay people who don’t know they are. A gay person house-sits for me when I am traveling, and I trust him completely (although it would be sporting if he would reset Netflix to my channel before I got home).

Anyway, if you wake up this morning identifying as trans female, it doesn’t affect me. If tomorrow, or even later today, you present as gender-queer, that doesn’t affect me, either. Again: NOMB. Almost nothing you do as a non-cisgendered person or person with nontraditional sexual orientation has any effect on me. So go for it.

However, when you require me to intuit which gender of pronoun I must use to refer to you at any given moment, that does affect me. Especially if there are legal consequences, as in some cities such as New York (of course). We libertarians get particularly choleric when people try to use government force to curtail our freedoms, like speech. Telling me how to speak is just as bad as trying to shut me up.

As with most progressive restrictions on freedom, this one works in only one direction. For example, you can call me an asshole (take a number), and no matter how much that hurts my feelings (none), I can’t bring the force of law to punish you for it. (If I were a member of assholes as a protected class, I could have you clapped in irons.) But if a nine-year-old decides that I must use the pronoun “them” to describe one person, and I screw up, I can get fined, or worse, go to jail? 

read more at: http://thefederalist.com/2016/09/05/handy-guide-new-gender-pronouns/