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Just say “gender non-conforming” and be done with it

by Greg Krehbiel on 27 November 2017

It’s gone past silly into madness. Teachers Attend ‘LGGBDTTTIQQAAP’ Sensitivity Training (WTF?)

I have a similar reaction to “people of color.” Just say “non-white,” please.

2017-11-27  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 5

  1. William
    27 November 2017 @ 2:46 pm

    Generally speaking, I find inclusive language to be a positive thing. Yet, when it gets to the point where it’s confusing, contradictory, impractical and no longer descriptive, then it’s time to reevaluate terms. For instance, why would it be necessary to include both “bisexual” and “pansexual” when they are practically the same? BTW, who can remember, let alone pronounce this new acronym? When it gets to this point, it’s jumped the shark and entered into pure political correctness.

    QUOTE: I have a similar reaction to “people of color.” Just say “non-white,” please.

    I understand the objection to the acronym above, but not sure about this one. Could you please provide further insight?

  2. smitemouth
    27 November 2017 @ 2:47 pm

    I think there is a difference, at least to me, between saying non-white and non-gender conforming.

    Non-white sort of supposes white as normal–which it is not. In California, whites are now not a majority. (A plurality sure, but not majority now.)

    Whereas non-gender conforming supposes gender conforming as normal–which it is.

  3. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    27 November 2017 @ 2:57 pm

    @William, the point of “people of color” is to make an interest group — an identity — out of everybody who is not white. So just be honest and say it.

    @SM, I don’t think so. If I say “gender non-conforming,” then yes, that implies there is a norm. If I say “non-white,” I’m not implying that whiteness is a norm. I’m sure some people would take it that way, but I don’t think it’s inherent in the words.

  4. William
    27 November 2017 @ 3:36 pm

    Thanks, Greg. I’m not sure why “people of color” as an identity group is an issue in and of itself. That aside, what makes the term “non-white” inherently better than “people of color”?

    Given “non-white” only references white, the term itself may inadvertently give the impression that whiteness is a norm. Also, it may lead to a misperception that other races are “less than” due to the use of “non” as a prefix to white.

  5. Derek
    27 November 2017 @ 7:33 pm

    People of color. Colored people. The same thing, yet one is acceptable and one is not. Crazy people make a crazy world.

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