Gender neutrality

Perhaps empathy can be carried to far?

Neutrality is a great thing, right? When there’s a war going on, it’s great to be neutral, like Switzerland claimed to be in WWII (for you millennial and generation-Y college students, that’s World War 2–you know, the real Nazis before Donald Trump). Except they weren’t really, unless you consider being the depository for Nazi loot neutral. Denmark tried to be, it didn’t end well. In April 1940, the Germans invaded Denmark on their way to take Norway. The country fell quickly. The Norwegians tried to remain neutral, but their country was so important that both the Germans and the Allies made plans to invade. When the Germans kicked off first, the Norwegians chose the lesser of two evils and joined the Allies, but it was too late to avoid being overrun. Like other Scandinavians, the Swedes tried to stay neutral, and in this case they succeeded. Once Norway fell, iron could not be exported to Britain, so the Germans had no need to take Sweden by force. The Swedes just kept exporting iron to Germany and let German troops cross the country rather than risk provoking Hitler. Many Swedes were more aligned to the Allied cause, and they became a source of valuable intelligence for the Allies. Truly neutral countries were too unimportant or non-strategic to matter to the Axis powers.

In a “worldwide war”, there is no neutrality, only insignificance. The worldwide gender war is being fought on multiple fronts, denoted by questions, such as: What is gender? Is it the same as sex—biological—or different—cultural? What does “gender neutral” mean? If you are human, and not a man or a woman, then what are you? What does it mean to “identify” as a different sex than your chromosomes, your physiognomy and your hormones identify you as? Should someone with a beard, XY chromosomes, and testosterone be allowed to use women’s bathrooms and locker rooms because he “identifies” as female? That was a dream of mine when I was 13, but all I could do was sneak peeks at National Geographic.

I just saw an ad for the new Always feminine hygiene pad, a “gender neutral” one, because menstruation is now progressive. The HuffPost, never failing it’s duty to pander to the overly sensitive, profiles the product: “The makers of Always sanitary products have confirmed they will no longer use the female symbol ♀ on packaging, to reflect that trans and non-binary people have periods too. For over 35 years, Always has championed girls and women, and we will continue to do so,” a spokesperson said. “We’re also committed to diversity and inclusion, and after hearing from many people across genders and age groups, we realized that not everyone who has a period and needs to use a pad identifies as female. “To ensure that anyone who needs to use a period product feels comfortable in doing so with Always, we updated our pad wrapper design.” The spokesperson added that the company’s mission remains, to ensure “no girl loses confidence at puberty because of her gender or period”.

But some women don’t feel comfortable with Always’ decision and are pushing back, using the hashtag #BoycottAlways. They argue the move dismisses biological women, the only sex that menstruates, and caves to radical transgender activism. “We’re now moving towards the total elimination of women’s biology,” British feminist and author Julie Bindel told The Mail. “The women’s symbol has been used by feminists for decades. This is pure cowardice and virtue signaling from these big corporate brands who are capitulating to the trans agenda.” Uh oh, war between two of the cornerstones of the postmodern era, feminists and transsexuals.

The website, offers this view. “But rest assured, those in the burgeoning gender neutral product industry are all about changing the world. Take for example the new plethora of non-gendered products for bleeders, which any bleeder can be proud to use. Bleeders, formerly known as women, no longer have to associate their monthly bloodletting with their gender. Products like UltuCup (Your menstrual cycle doesn’t have a gender, so why do your period products?), bloodcatching boxer shorts like the Affirming Boxer Short from Pyramid 7, and pads that aren’t packaged in pink let bleeders bleed, without all that pesky association of the female reproductive system to females. After all, bodies are just so reductive. No one wants to be defined or identified by their bodies, those external shells that don’t represent who we truly are on the inside, even if the entire concept of gender is derived from the associations of those bodies with assumed social roles and responsibilities.

“Not wanting to be female is a big part of being female once the monthly flow starts during the pre or teen years. What is perhaps most insulting in this whole gender non binary bleeding products is this assumption that so-called cis women like the pink hued products that are marketing in their direction. Women buy the pink products because they need the products that happen to be pink, not because they like being infantilized by marketing companies and period product providers.

“Bleeders are more than just people with periods, they are also people with genitals. Enter Wild Flower, who makes sex toys that have nothing to do with bodies. The founders state that they ‘started Wild Flower two years ago, to create change. We wanted to disrupt the sex toy industry, educate our customers, and banish the binary by offering non gendered products.’ Their premiere sex toy, called Enby, is for use no matter what your sex organs. Although it seems pretty clear that one sex toy does not meet the needs of all sex organs, given that some are innies and some are outies, Wild Flower leapt into the void to create Enby, which looks like a sea creature, and is designed to vibe with bleeders and non bleeders alike. They claim that ‘You don’t have to change yourself to use it, Enby fits to you.’

Want to know what Enby is, or what it looks like? That part is easy. How about what it does or how to use it. I leave that to your imagination.

Postscript: A mixed martial arts league allowed a biological male, Fallon Fox, who “identifies” as female, to fight a female MMA fighter named Tamikka Brents. She was sent to the hospital with a fractured orbital bone, concussion and required seven staples to close her head wound. She was very tough for her division, but after getting hit by Fox, said, “I have never been hit so hard in my life.”

Post postscript: This post is not satire, at least not from me. Given the state of woke reality, is satire even needed?

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

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