Christopher DeGroot writes:
As we learn from Drs. Paul R. McHugh and Lawrence S. Mayer in their summary of the vast research on the subject, gender confusion is a natural and quite common part of life. Most people grow out of it. But some don’t. And some of them, when faced with news of traditional gender roles and customs, will respond with fierce anger, like a teenager who didn’t get invited to a popular party. (…)
Yet in order for this commonsense truth to be widely understood again, we must, as I say, be willing to offend others. People, indeed, must be offended so much that their very sensibility changes. For this is a matter of shaping perceptions and, therefore, emotional responses and value judgments. It is essentially irrational, the sort of thing against which mere reason is quite weak. So, let us offend the precious busybodies. They can whine all they please. They are their own burden. We will laugh at them, but not be troubled in the least by their silly indignation. Fools are, at best, amusing. When we elect to yield to their opinions, we are no longer a people worth preserving.
Or, as I’ve been saying for years, what people really need is insensitivity training…