Children as young as seven are to be taught in schools to stop using the terms ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ – in case they discriminate against transgender pupils.
A guidebook for teachers, parents and pupils to be sent to schools around Britain advises against using language that suggests there are only two genders. It also condemns saying ‘ladies’ and ‘gents’.
Rather the point of this transgender stuff is to insist that said gender really is an important thing. It’s just that they belong to that one over there, not the one that the vagaries of genetic and hormonal expression have left them looking like.
That is, that man who transitions really does become a woman. They aren’t just a man in drag, one with the knackers cut off, they really, really, are a woman. And equally with movement in the other direction. To insist, as this seems to be doing, that there’re some other categories, trans-man, trans-woman, whatever, would seem to fall under the rubric of trans-phobia, wouldn’t it?