Columnistas  |  14 octubre de 2019  |  12:00 AM |  Escrito por: James McCarthy

English Corner No.71

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James McCarthy

This week’s topic will “put the cat among the pigeons”: To cause a fight or flap, usually by revealing a controversial fact or secret, or in other words; to do something suddenly or unexpectedly which leaves the people worried or angry. Luvvie: A humorous way of criticising an actor/actress emotional behaviour and their feeling that they are important or more important than the next person.

A few years ago Hollywood “luvvies” actresses/ women campaigned for “equal rights/pay and recognition” as men and- rightly- so. How men thought or still think they are superior to women is another story! However, this movement has appeared to have backfired, thanks in part to the non-binary gender- hysteria. Women have struggled for years to gain equal rights, dating back to the early 20th century with the Suffragette Movement. Now with the “nanny –state” pandering to every whim of this generation, they are afraid of offending the non-binary /gender-fluid generation. Awards ceremonies are planning to axe gendered categories. The aim is to avoid defining people by their sex. In 2012, The Grammy Awards cut their gendered categories, they have since been criticised for failing to recognise women.

From 2021, others will follow including; the Brit Awards, Bafta Awards, Golden Globe, Oscars, Cannes etc. No longer will there be: Best Actor/Actress- Supporting Actor/Actress or Best Male/Female Singer/Performer categories. All to be replaced by “Solo Artist” category, these changes will marginalise female artists even further. They should be awarded for their work, and not be discriminated/demoralised or penalised for being female. How can this be equality? It’s all very well supporting/ tolerating and accepting non-binary changes/trends/ movements and gender rights, all the while male /female heterosexual rights are being ignored, or by the looks of things becoming extinct. It is now getting a bit boring having to listen and read all the “boohoo” mass-media coverage.

UK Facebook users can now choose from one of 71 gender options, including asexual, polygender and two-spirit person, following the feature's successful integration in the US. Users can choose a different gender option from the previous male and female choices by selecting 'custom' in the gender tab of their profiles. In addition, people who select a custom gender will now have the ability to choose the pronoun they’d like to be referred to publicly — male (he/his), female (she/her) or neutral (they/their). The whole point of this was that they didn’t want to be labelled; now with 71 options, it kind of defeats the object. Secondly, some “non-binary” men want to be referred to as “He/ his/they/their” all very well but when you are walking down the street and meet someone, how do you automatically know what they want to be called or what gender binary they belong to? If you say or use the incorrect gender, they are off in a huff.

Now, an old fashioned sentence from 2018; He is a nice person. We now have to say from 2019 onwards, he/his/they/their is a nice person. Maybe in the future, we won’t be able to use “person”. There is only one word for all this “Poppycock”. Whatever your gender preference, or who you have sex with is your choice and yours only, I don’t see the need to “ram it down everyone’s throat” (pardon the pun) what you have or haven’t got dangling from between your legs- honestly! There are bigger things to worry about. Can you imagine how confused Adam and Eve would be today- Biting the apple would be the least of his worries!

Next, they will be demanding a Gender-Fluid Jesus! The Christmas rush is now on for the latest “must-have” non-binary dolls!

Backfired: When something has an opposite, or undesirable effect to what was intended. Hysteria: Exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement. Nanny state: The government regarded as overprotective or as interfering unduly with personal choice. Pandering is the act of expressing one's views in accordance with the likes of a group to which one is attempting to appeal Whim: A sudden desire or change of mind. All the while: To say that something happens continually or that it happens throughout the time when something else is happening. Boohoo: used to represent the sound of someone crying noisily. Huff: Express one's feeling of petty annoyance. Poppycock: Meaning nonsense or rubbish, something that is ridiculous or nonsensical. Pardon the pun: "excuse the joke" when something has a double meaning. Ram it down your throat: To force ideas or material on a person's attention by repeatedly putting them forward.

As always, your views may differ.

Until next Tuesday-Be good

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