Twitter is taking heat for informing advertisers about the people who use it, but it’s the “gender” information that is angering some social justice warriors.
Twitter has decided to make its policy on the sale of information about users public. It turns out the social media giant markets your age range, your zip code, and what languages you use.
It is also guessing your gender, male or female, according to your profile and tweet activity, which is predictably a minefield of political correctness scattered with gender pronouns such as “Zie” and “Zer” and gender identities such as “Two Spirit” and “Gender Bender.”
OneNewsNow has reported in recent months that Facebook, another social media giant, lists 58 gender options for users.
To back up its non-discrimination ordinance, New York City has settled on 37 options, and business owners are warned to learn them unless they get fined by the city for “misgendering” the customer.
Saying Frank is a male when Frank thinks he’s half male and half female, for example, is called “misgendering.”
Thinking that there are only two genders to choose from is buying into a “false gender binary.”
And doing any of the above, meanwhile, is “rhetorical violence.”
To paraphrase columnist Dave Barry, we are not making this up.
“We have pronouns that we’ve had for centuries and centuries,” observes Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth, “and they’re creating words to accommodate their bizarre reality.”
Longtime writer and editor Gary Schneeberger says rhetorical language is an art conservatives in general are not adept at.
“Conservatives are very good at identifying our positions on issues,” says Schneeberger, who currently leads a marketing firm. “We don’t spend as much time as we should at coming up with defining the language – making sure we call ourselves what we want to be called by others.”
During the ongoing debate over homosexual marriage, for example, “Love is Love” and “Love Wins” have become slogans of homosexual activists.
“It’s a Child, not a Choice,” meanwhile, has become a slogan of pro-life activists.
It’s an art form, Schneeberger says, that’s essential in today’s combative culture.
“Out of the gate, it’s so important to control the language at the outset,” he says, because if you don’t get to define the topic, you allow others to define it – and define you and what you believe.
Copyright American Family News. Reprinted with permission.