Every society has its customs.
Harvest seasonally celebrates good weather and a community’s ability to feed itself.
And mating rituals, often hierarchical, involve male displays of physical excellence and material resourcefulness to attract reproductive females.
But when societies code their rules using abstract tools like language then inherent ambiguities and opportunities for conflict undoubtedly emerge.
in 2015 Feminist Germaine Greer was ‘no-platformed’ for her views on gender.
Let’s not beat about the bush, although that’s not the happiest phrase in the light of what I’m about to say. Germaine Greer’s views on transgender people are based on the kind of quasi-Freudian cod-psychology you’d think a feminist critic would find embarrassing. In 1999’s The Whole Woman, she wrote that “when a man decides to spend his life impersonating his mother (like Norman Bates in Psycho), it is as if he murders her and gets away with it”. Today, her views have the same thrust – that it’s not possible to change from a man to a woman – although their expression is usually less aggressive. She told Newsnight on 23 October, for example, that she will use whatever pronouns people ask for, and would not try to limit sex reassignment surgery for those who want it. Still, this is normally the point where I start humming “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. In the age where Caitlyn Jenner is set to be crowned…
Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was also no-platformed for showing Greer support.
Let's call a spade a spade: the letter against Peter Tatchell is no-platforming. It's time to stand up to the censors.
So is Political Correctness driving Cultural Revolution?
Or the other way round?
'Modern Family' will debut a transgender character played by an openly transgender child actor this week, a move some hope will open the door for other transgender actors to take roles representing their community.
Is post-modernism fueling post-truth & transgender politics?
As every bit of language is now deconstructed to its most ambiguous form.
The 17-year-old and his opponents want him to compete against boys but state regulations mean he is classed by birth gender
An atomised society full of polarised people.
The best way to undermine a ridiculous law is to apply it to the letter.
But the interim injustice must be tolerated for how long?
Minority rule was frowned upon in Zimbabwe and Apartheid South Africa but minorities rights everywhere ought to be protected too.
Equal opportunity is complicated – but surely worth it.