Quick Takes – Gender Madness: Dozens of New Genders; Gender Neutral Retail Departments; Gendered Constitution

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: Infinite genders and no genders, at the same time.

     First, a little mood music:

     Are you a “demiboy” or perhaps just a “boi”? Maybe even a “neutrois”? What the heck are those things? Invented genders at New York University.

“New York University provided more than two dozen gender options on a student survey.

“…

“[I]t reportedly included a question about gender identity, which allowed students to choose from more than 30 different options.

“Among these options were ‘boi,’ ‘maverick,’ ‘aliagender,’ ‘butch,’ ‘demiboy,’ ‘gender apathetic,’ ‘graygender,’ ‘pangender,’ ‘neutrois,’ ‘masculine of center,’ and ‘feminine of center.’”

     There are infinite genders, yet there is also no difference in genders at all, according to some California legislators!

“Assembly members Evan Low and Cristina Garcia introduced Assembly Bill 1084 to require gender neutral retail departments. The bill would add Part 2.57 (commencing with Section 55.7) to Division 1 of the Civil Code.

“Section One of the bill would add Part 2.57, which would be titled ‘Gender Neutral Retail Departments.’ The bill would specify legislative findings and declarations that there are unjustified differences in similar products that are traditionally marketed either for girls or for boys can be more easily identified by the consumer if similar items are displayed closer to one another in one, undivided area of the retail sales floor. In addition, keeping similar items that are traditionally marketed either for girls or for boys separated makes it more difficult for the consumer to compare the products and incorrectly implies that their use by one gender is inappropriate.

“The bill would specify that a retail department store that offers childcare items for sale is required to maintain one undivided area of its sales floor where the majority of the childcare items being offered shall be displayed, regardless of whether a particular childcare item has been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys. In addition, a retail department store that offers children’s clothing for sale, as well as toys for sale, would be required to maintain one undivided area of its sales floor where the majority of the children’s clothing being offered shall be displayed, regardless of whether a particular article of children’s clothing has been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys. The bill defines the terms ‘childcare item,’ ‘clothing,’ and ‘toy.’”

     Old “gender” norms are so oppressive, that even the Constitution has to go!

“A law professor is calling for changes to the ‘outdated’ language of the Constitution.

“Richard Albert, a professor of law and government at the University of Texas-Austin, denounced the Constitution in an op-ed for The Hill published Tuesday, saying that ‘its gendered and racist words stand in the way of true reconciliation in this divided country and have no place in any modern society.’

“Albert cites the 13th Amendment as an example of racism in the Constitution, saying that although it abolishes slavery it still includes the Fugitive Slave Clause; which, remaining in the Constitution, is ‘a painful reminder of America’s original sin.’

“The Constitution’s language also discriminates based on gender, Albert says. It uses exclusively male pronouns when referring to the presidency, he points out, admitting that this did not prevent Hillary Clinton from running in 2016, but suggests that the first woman to be elected to the House of Representatives — Jeannette Rankin (R-Mont.), 100 years prior to Clinton’s candidacy — faced disapproval merely because the Constitution’s language only allowed for male leaders.

“‘Imagine how schoolchildren must feel when they read the Constitution in their basic civics course. Some will be made to feel less than welcome in their own country… The highest law of the land creates a hierarchy of citizenship.’”

     TTFN.

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