I guess I am about to wade knee-deep into controversy, but this article highlights beautifully the bizarre mess of the current gender change fad:
Matilda Simon, the 3rd Baron of Wythenshawe, is tipped to stand in a by-election to replace the Liberal Democrat Viscount Falkland, voted on by all sitting peers, with entries closing on May 15.
If successful, they would become the only woman, self-identified, among the chamber’s 92 hereditary peers, despite holding a title because they were born a man
I am basically with Jordan Peterson on this:
While I reject any legislative or other attempt to compel me to use terminology contrary to a person’s biological sex, usually I will, out of politeness, voluntarily address a person by the name and the gender pronouns (masculine/feminine) the person prefers. I will not, however, use any pronouns which imply the existence of more than two genders or the absence of gender.
Particularly I find the abuse of the plural “they” to refer to a singular person an intentional and ridiculous degeneration of the English language
- If one accepted gender change as real, one should refer to this person as “she”;
- If, on the other hand, one rejected gender change as real, one should refer to this person as “he”.
Beyond this grammatical travesty I agree with the women criticizing this person:
- If she is a woman she should not attempt to claim a position reserved for men;
- If he wants to claim that position he should stop claiming to be a woman.
In any case, s/he should not appempt to have his/her cake and eat it, claiming a trans privilege over biological women.