Surely offence and insult are in the eye of the beholder!
Did you see the video of a man making a 2 minute speech at a school board meeting re transgender education. It was excellent. He was pointing out that we don't "enable" people with anorexia. We don't agree with them that their view of their bodies is correct. Hence gender identity education should not be in schools and certainly not before the age of 10.
I just can't massacre the English language by using the plural " they" when referring to an individual.
Francis wants to be referred to as "they". The website proceeds to refer to they as "their" and "them". Might not Francis be offended by that?
My response to the Commissioner after being reported by they ( not all of them theys, just one). Dear Commissioner, on the said day I spoke to they, (just one of them)," G'day they, how was your day?" Well they ( just one of them) said ,"You're taking the piss" & I said, " No way they, that's unfair to say" & they ( just one of them) said, "See you're taking the piss", & I said, "Come on they, why the big spray?" Then they ( just one of them) said , "Well it's not ok to keep using they in a rhyming way, just so you can make your day" ( or words similar) & I said, " That's silly to say they & that's not my way, to make my day, by giving you a juvenile pay." In conclusion; There is no way that I disrespected they, on said day, as they say ( just one of them) because as explained it's not my way. Regards R.F
These people are exactly like a symbol I would be punished for using if I lived in Victoria. But I'm not in Victoria so here it is: 卐. And if we're in the process of banning symbols (which we shouldn't, just like words), let's ban this one which they're also like: ☭.
I'm with you James.
Why should I have to lie?
Best not to talk to or even acknowledge these stupid people.
It's Tasmania. The once beautiful and peaceful, old fashioned place to grow up and live. I speak as someone who did just that but had to leave because there was no work for my husband. Now it is full of incomer, mainlanders who want to maintain the island as a retirement village in a national park. Oh and they vote green!
Everything you have written here is staggering.
Who is it trying to capture?
It appears to be socially and legally malevolent?
Where the love? Where the inclusion?
This is just a copy of 18C of the federal anti-discrimination act that the LNP did not correct in all their time in government even though many of use wrote to them about it many times and they never defended the law.
If you want some sort of consolation you can tell these gender confused people that your pronoun is now "King of the world" and if they refuse to call you that, bow and scrap before you when you enter the room then they will be guilty of this law as it will offend you. Alternately make up some other truly obscene pronoun that will annoy them even more.
George Orwell’s 1984...???
If Frances wants to be referred to as “they” doesn’t that suggest something else is happening here? Is there not a condition called Multiple personality syndrome or more recently DID?
If the person identifies as “they” common English usage would suggest a plurality of identities . So, do “they” know something they’re not admitting to? And, if so, is it treatable?
Thanks James for pointing out the absurdity once again. Your comments regarding "breaching the law" made me realise that I might identify as a blue whale and my preferred pronouns are ooooOOOOooooowwaaaaa and eeeeeEEEewwwwwp. I could be deeply offended when somebody can't articulate them as requested and points out that my fins are actually hands and that my blowhole is actually a nose. But speaking of breaching laws of sanity, if we take this to extremes, what will happen when politicians actually think they are politicians for the good of society rather than the mouthpiece for minority groups? In contrast, will they get upset when we don't vote for them because we think they are idiots for passing insane and illogical laws. If they are deeply offended that we express such accurate assessments, awesome job done. 🐳
What a jolly shambles! Soon you won’t be able to look at them because a glare, stare or gasp will be classed as insulting!
Oh dear…the merry go round just dipped down to “Van He-mans Land” or is that “Van She-man’s Land?” Help! Either way, I still WANT TO GET OFF! (Can I eye roll again? Or is it too much?) 🙄
The “Thought police” is nothing new. George Orwell would be loving this… I can hear him now “I told you so”￼. It’s almost as if they/them are using “1984” as a playbook rather than a prophetic ￼warning￼?
It’s becoming a reality that ‘everyone is a nutcase except for you and I’.