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Misgendering Bradley, errrrr, I mean, Chelsea, Manning

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Sometimes the items posted by the George Soros-funded Media Matters for America are too hilarious to ignore.

This is the case with at item posted yesterday by “researcher” Rachel Percelay titled, “Fox News Is In Its Third Year Of Misgendering And Mocking Chelsea Manning[.]”

What is this verb misgender? According to the definition that pops up on Google, to misgender is to

refer to (someone, especially a transgender person) using a word, especially a pronoun or form of address, that does not correctly reflect the gender with which they identify. “various media outlets have continued to misgender her”

So let’s play along with this nonsense for a moment.

This invented verb, to misgender, allows an individual to identify with a gender that does not necessarily correspond to that person’s sex at birth. Really, gender and sex are synonymous terms, but the wacky leftists in academia insist gender is different from sex. They have invented this thing they call gender (and gender roles) in order to blur the lines between the sexes. They argue, against overwhelming evidence, that masculinity and femininity are made-up constructs that we need to get beyond in order to move forward as a society.

So when a person chooses to identify with a specific gender (according to Facebook there were 58 genders two years ago — more must have been invented since then) no one is allowed to disagree. If you disagree, you’re a bigot or a terrible, insensitive person.

In Percelay’s ultra-politically correct drivel-dominated post she writes:

In its reporting on the U.S. Army’s announcement that it will provide Chelsea Manning with medically necessary care to end her gender dysphoria, Fox News continued its third straight year of misgendering and mocking the imprisoned soldier.

BuzzFeed News reported September 13 that U.S. Army officials have told Chelsea Manning — the soldier and transgender woman imprisoned for sending classified information to WikiLeaks — that they will provide her with gender transition surgery to treat her gender dysphoria. Manning began a hunger strike on September 9 to protest the lack of medical care she was receiving. The Army’s decision to provide her with medically necessary transition-related care will bring an end to the hunger strike.

While reporting the Army’s decision, Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt repeatedly misgendered Manning, calling her “he” and saying that Manning “refers to himself as Chelsea.” The on-screen text for the segment also put scare quotes around her first name. Fox News, particularly Fox & Friends, has been misgendering Manning for over three years now. Beginning in 2013, the cast of Fox & Friends attacked other news outlets, including The New York Times, for heeding Manning’s explicit request to be identified as a woman. Since then, Fox personalities have referred to Manning as “Bradleen,” mocked her by playing Aerosmith’s “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” during news segments, and called her a “gender bender.”

There are so many problems with what Percelay writes.

Percelay refers to Manning as “her,” “she,” and as a “transgender woman.” But unless and until Bradley Manning surrenders his male genitalia and replaces those body parts with female genitalia, Manning is a man, not a woman. (Even after Manning completes sex-reassignment surgery and post-surgery treatment many people would still deem Manning a man because he/she/it at that point would still possess male-specific genes.)

The phrase “transgender woman” itself is problematic. Is the transgender part aspirational? I would think so but if we’re all required to march in lock-step and refer to Manning as female solely because he thinks we should, then it can’t be aspirational. From a grammarian’s perspective, these wacky left-wingers are asking us to repeat an untruth, to wit, that Manning has become a woman on his say-so.

This is madness and most Americans see it as such, despite the efforts of professional leftists like the propagandists at Media Matters.