Soft-Fascist Speech Codes on College Campuses Won't Allow You to Say 'There Are Only Two Genders' | Opinion

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Saying "there are only two genders" is a really easy way to get in trouble. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images

I get myself in trouble for saying controversial things like "free markets work"; "the Constitution is the greatest political document ever written"; "open borders lead to crime and chaos." Those aside, I might generate the most hostility when I step up to a microphone and say: There are only two genders.

It is that formerly axiomatic statement which generates the most outrage, especially when I say it on college campuses. Despite its clear scientific truth that human beings are either male, with X and Y chromosomes, or female with X and X chromosomes (with the exception of those born "intersex," an occurrence in about one out of every 4,500 births), an entire, purely political, movement has spread like wildfire over the past two decades. Facebook now recognizes over 70 different genders, with some online groups identifying as many as 112 in total, a number that is sure to grow in the coming years.

Here's a few examples from the list:

Glassgender: a gender that is very sensitive and fragile

Heliogender: a gender that is warm and burning

Caelgender: a gender which shares qualities with outer space or has the aesthetic of space, stars, nebulas, etc.

Each of those genders were rejected by my spelling software. Big tech had better catch up with the national lexicon or else the outrage mob will soon be after them too.

I have genuine compassion for anyone experiencing gender dysphoria, but this bending of science, not to mention the English language, has become pure nonsense, and it played out publicly for all of the world to see this past week in a viral video clip from the Democratic Socialist Convention in Atlanta. This is a group that calls each other the gender-neutral term "comrade." Some of their platform objectives include the Green New Deal, universal Medicaid and an end to "heterosexism." It is that last one that created a mocked, but serious moment, at the recent gathering.

During a presentation, a member of the audience interrupted to raise a "point of personal privilege." Just saying "excuse me" is apparently no longer acceptable in their ranks. "Guys, please keep down the 'back-chatter,'" the objector continued. "I'm a person subject to 'sensory overload' and it is very distracting."

Reasonable? Another audience member then raised their own point of personal privilege and passionately asked the chairperson to instruct the group not to use "gendered language" when speaking. The use of the term "guys" was clearly an attempt to thrust oppressive masculinity upon the group.

If you are tempted to dismiss this as merely a comedic moment provided by a disenfranchised minority fringe, be careful. This is dark comedy and, like all dark comedy, it is based upon what is happening in real life. It is a non-gendered canary in society's increasingly confused coal mine.

At Turning Point USA we know that what starts in college classrooms migrates to corporate boardrooms, and then to the halls of Congress. For some time now, we have been watching this movement gain momentum at some of America's most influential universities and warning people to take it seriously. Today's college students become tomorrow's business leaders and politicians. Some, like AOC, skip the middle altogether and jump right to legislating.

Facebook and other companies starting to institute speech codes and language prohibitions are a direct result of this movement. Colleges like the University of Wisconsin, Colorado State University and UC Berkeley are just a few that have instituted soft-fascist speech codes. I said fascist—a word used incorrectly by real fascists all the time—because that is exactly what the controlling of speech is. The importance of the control of language is a key element of any movement that seeks conformity of the masses and control over their lives. That is at the heart of fascism and it has raised its head in many forms over the past 250 years.

The brilliant writer Peggy Noonan recently published a piece in the Wall Street Journal titled "What were Robespierre's Pronouns?" In it, she makes a concise and meticulous argument that the monsters who led the French Revolution immediately attacked the use of non-conforming language as a means of striking fear and persecuting dissenters. Robespierre's minions were the notorious Jacobins, and Noonan rightly draws direct parallels between their actions in the "French Terror" of 1792, to today's gender speech police.

The move from the board room into the halls of Congress can now be found in the Equality Act, which was recently passed along partisan lines by Nancy Pelosi's Democratic majority in the House. This bill seeks to "end discrimination" against members of the LGBTQ community through a series of vaguely defined accommodations and requirements: vagaries, which placed in the hands of the wrong justice department or judge threaten to upend traditional American culture by turning law-abiding citizens into criminals simply because they hold to traditional values espoused by the world's most ancient and revered faith traditions. This includes Christianity, and also Judaism and Islam.

Noonan was right to cite the French Revolution. There is another historical event, one a century-and-a-half before Robespierre came to power, that is perhaps just as relevant. That would be the trial of Galileo before the Inquisition.

The Inquisition threatened Galileo with torture for proving the earth revolved around the sun, but offered him the opportunity to recant and face simple house arrest. Discretion sometimes being the better part of valor, Galileo chose to recant. He stood before the intolerant Inquisitors, men who knew that science, language and open inquiry threatened their control over the populace, and stated that the earth did not revolve around the sun.

And then, he is reported to have muttered under his breath, "and, yet, it moves."

Many of us on the political right have been bullied into muttering under our breath for far too long. It's time to face the social and political flogging that will undoubtedly come with speaking the truth boldly and without apology. Otherwise we risk the coerced denial of incontrovertible fact, which is the first and most fundamental building block in the oppression of man. I mean women, people, "Z's," Caelgenders, everyone.

Charlie Kirk is the founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, the nation's largest and fastest-growing conservative youth organization, with a presence on over 1,400 college and high school campuses; he is also host of "The Charlie Kirk Show."

The views expressed in this piece are the author's own.

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