NOT SURPRISINGLY, THE SAME PEOPLE WITH DEGREES IN BULLETIN-BOARD DESIGN WANT TO, BAN SCIENCE. The Dark Ages approacheth: Seattle-area school tries to ban saying “biological male.”
The “counseling secretary” for the school wanted to ensure that the faculty altered their language to avoid inadvertently giving offense to anyone. So she sent out a memo warning the staff that there are certain words and phrases they were no longer allowed to use. These included “biological male” and “biological female,” but there were many more entries on the list. These terms, according to Ari Dodge Sheehan, are offensive and are frequently used by “anti-transgender activists” to “inaccurately” describe a trans person’s gender. There was no word as to whether or not anyone was fired as a result of crossing the language police. . . .
This may come as a surprise to some readers, but I happen to agree with Ari Dodge Sheehan, though not for the reasons she might hope. (Or at least I think she’s a she. I’m not a biologist, after all.) I don’t think teachers should say “biological” male, female, boy, or girl. They shouldn’t have to say it. If the person was born with a Y chromosome, a penis and testicles, they’re a boy or man, depending on their age. The word “biological” is redundant. The same goes for people born with two X chromosomes, ovaries and a vagina. They’re girls or women.