What does “he” mean? What does “she” mean? To the vast majority of the English speaking world, “he” is the personal pronoun used towards a male person, while “she” is the personal pronoun used towards a female person. This is as it always has been, because the fact that the two biological sexes have always been regarded as different, with the differing pronouns making it clear as to what the speaker is speaking about.
However, these fundamental definitions are on the verge of being overthrown. Long has the left wished to abolish any notion of “gender.” and they are achieving that be declaring that “gender” is a social construct, while the differences between the biological sexes is just a superficial difference of who has which reproductive organs, and that those differences between the sexes are irrelevant to anything and everything else.
To this end, a multitude of “genders” are invented. While there are “neutral” pronouns around, that is not transgressive enough. “He” has been redefined to refer not to a male, but someone who simply fancies his or herself as a male. “She” has also been similarly redefined. It is the small cabal of “gender studies” professors and think-tank minions who are pushing this, all under the guise of “tolerance.”
Kevin D. Williamson has recently caught the ire of the Politically Correct Left over at the U.K.’s Telegraph, where it was declared that whether or not one “is a woman is not a question of biology it’s a question of language.”
True, it is as much a question of language as to whether war means peace, hate means love, or that one increased choco rations from 30 grammes to 25 grammes.
This is but the latest example of the Left’s war on words. When “he” unquestionably refered to a male person, and “she” to a female person, any man who demanded that others refer to him as a “she” would have been laughed off, because a man isn’t “she.” Now that “he” and “she” are just “social constructs” (unless they are trans-gendered, in which case the person is born that way), the demand isn’t laughed off. Quite the contrary, that person’s opinion becomes sacrosanct to the point that is practically a hate crime to not blindly agree with this topsy-turvy use of simple personal pronouns!
This is not about “accurate” use of established language, but of using words to impose the Left’s power (a true privilege) on others. Perhaps Humpty Dumpty said it best:
‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’