The Irony: UN Women Says The Word ‘Women’ Is Exclusionary

Kimberly Ells, Daily Signal

U.N. Women, the United Nations organization responsible for furthering the cause of women all over the world, seems out to erase itself and any credibility it has as a women’s rights organization.

U.N. Women announced in July 2019 it would focus on “equality of all genders” (as I wrote about here) instead of solely women’s rights. It is one of many organizations taking up the cause of nonbiological “women’s” rights to claim womanhood, much to the fear of women’s rights groups of all stripes.

They went one more step. In a document called “Twelve Small Actions With Big Impact for Generation Equality,” the organization says:

Terms such as ‘male or female’ and ‘women or men’ exclude nonbinary and intersex people who don’t fall into any of these categories … Everyday language plays a huge role in breaking gender stereotypes and rejecting the binary of ‘male and female.’ Instead of using phrases like ‘ladies and gentlemen’ or ‘boys and girls,’ swap in a gender-neutral term like ‘folks,’ ‘children,’ or ‘y’all.’

U.N. Women is yet to follow its own counsel. If it did, “U.N. Women” would be tossed by the wayside in favor of a less offensive name. “U.N. Folks” has a nice ring to it. Or maybe “U.N. Y’all” would be better.

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This issue has more to do with pernicious semantics than ever-more absurd ones. The growing insistence that “womanhood,” “manhood,” and “nonbinary-hood” are up for grabs—genitals and chromosomes be damned—is a movement radical feminist Shulamith Firestone articulated and advocated for decades ago, as have her philosophical descendants.

Firestone said, “The end goal of feminist revolution must be … not just the elimination of male privilege but of the sex distinction itself.” And she meant it.

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Firestone said as the nonbinary cause advances, the “genital differences between human beings would no longer matter culturally.” She means that it would not matter at all if for any reason, socially or legally, a person was male or female.

It may actually be illegal to differentiate between them. Perhaps we are not quite to that point in our society—yet. We are heading in the wrong direction, however, due to policy decisions at local, national and global levels.

Nationally, the most recent example of this is the House Armed Services Committee’s vote to require women to register for the draft in the name of “gender equality.”

Locally, the wars over access to school bathrooms are an example of how the boundaries between the sexes can be blurred.

Internationally, countless initiatives at the U.N. and elsewhere are pushing the world toward legally and culturally eliminating sex distinctions between men and women, propelled by transgender activism and “gender equality” initiatives.

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“We will not be erased!” is now a common slogan in trans activism. They claim that categorizing people into the archaic categories of “male” and “female” socially and legally erases people who consider themselves neither.

What U.N. Women and other U.N. agencies seem to be working for is the world Firestone dreamed of—a world in which biological sex is not recognized as a defining feature of one’s identity. In such a world, the terms “same sex” and “opposite sex” become meaningless.

The terms “mother” and “father” also lose meaning because those words are sex-specific and, therefore, would be considered invalid or discriminatory. Even the chromosomes in our cells would be defiant or irrelevant to our true natures.

Is there a way to eliminate physical sex recognition? Firestone said that in such a society, “The tyranny of the biological family would be broken.”

As it is becoming ever more apparent, the goal of the sexual revolution in all its manifestations—including transgender policies that obliterate physical sex—is to break and destroy the family.

But interestingly, the U.N.’s own Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state.”

The U.N. has not been enthusiastic about the family’s achievements, programs, or treaties in the 20-year-old period. One might even say that there was a fierce fight to break it apart.

There is some good news. The family is not possible to eradicate or destroy. Because the family is inherently regenerative, it will remain strong no matter how we call them.

Women and men will still have children. Those babies will also turn their parents’ hearts toward them like nothing else. And the offensive and exclusionary words “mother,” “father,” “man,” and “woman” will persist and will once again be spoken with delight instead of disdain.

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U.N. Women may call themselves whatever they like, but women will always be here.

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