If you’re interested in science, Wheaton College can help you follow some.
A language guide has been published by the Massachusetts School for Professors.
Under the heading of “Natural Sciences,” the instructions explain, “Gender identity has a complicated relationship to biology and bodies.”
It’s about assignment:
[T]People who identify as ransgender have sex/gender identities that are different from what was assigned to them at birth. They often, but not always, alter their bodies during this process. And intersex people, who make up a significant minority of all births (estimated to be as common as one in every 100 births), disprove the “naturalness” or inevitability of two exhaustive and mutually exclusive sex categories.
Keep it simple:
Teachers in natural sciences may be interested to adopt more exact terms and better describe the bodies and experiences of those who are teaching about sexuality and sex.
These are three examples:
- Penis/testes/vulva/clitoris/etc. instead of “male genitalia” and “female genitalia”
- Assigned [male/female] at birth (AMAB or AFAB), instead of “born female” or “biological male”: acknowledges that which physical characteristics we use to assign sex at birth are determined by social norms and technological capabilities (in the U.S., for example, we rarely test hormone levels or chromosomes unless physical genitalia appear ambiguous), as well as the fact that this is an assignment, not the individual’s own self-identification.
- People with uteruses/people who menstruate/pregnant people/etc., instead of “women” or “females”: helps to specify the relevant organs or biological processes, instead of making assumptions about the identities of the people in question. “People with uteruses,” then, would include most (but not all) cisgender women, as well as many transgender men and nonbinary AFAB people. This specificity matters for trans and nonbinary students in class, but also for anyone who, for example, might become a healthcare worker — inability to access competent and sensitive medical treatment (not just transition-related health care, but also basic preventive and acute medical care) is a persistent problem for transgender people.
While wakingness can be described as a matter of language, this seems contrary to its intended purpose. Logophiles have enriched their vocabulary of terms in the past to make it more useful. 1. Clear 2. concise. These days, we’re being told to keep vocabulary at a minimum.
Human beings have sought words to describe a concept for thousands of years. It now appears that the reverse is necessary.
For maximum compliance, you should stop learning new words. Also, you should delete everything that is possible.
Use “four-wheeled automotive vehicle designed for passenger transportation” rather than “car.”
And refrain from employing “elephant;” simply say or write this:
A thick-set herbivorous mammal, often very large and almost hairless (family Elephantidae; the elephant family). It has an extended snout that forms a strong trunk with two incisors at the top of the jaw. The males have long ivory tusks, which are a result of the development of the incisors.
Definitions include words. Words have definitions. Perhaps eventually, we’ll attain complete wokeness and only draw.
At the moment, don’t succinctly call people with periods.
Wheaton’s guide — called “The Gender-Affirming Classroom” — also advises teachers not to “correct students’ use of the singular ‘they.’”
Furthermore, “Be mindful of respecting the pronoun a person requests that you use — not everyone who identifies as nonbinary uses ‘they.’”
Be all-around educated
It is not just about gender affirming pronouns in classrooms. This applies to texts that are assigned and how they are discussed.
Tip 1: Recognize when the text is using outdated, excluded, or hetero/cis normative language.
We’re living in an age of affirmation. Sorry — we’re exhibiting the life or motion of nature in or into the interior of the time of life at which some particular qualification, power, or capacity arises or rests of the act of stating or declaring positively and often forcefully or aggressively something, such as a judgment or decree, as valid or confirmed.
Per its website, Wheaton — rated a “top 40” liberal arts school by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education — was founded in 1834 “as a female seminary.”
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