UN Women, the United Nations organization responsible for advancing the cause of women around the world, appears to have erased itself and any credibility it has as a women’s rights organization.
UN Women announced in July 2019 that it would focus on “equality of all genders” rather than just women’s rights. It is one of many organizations that champion the cause of the non-biological “women’s” right to claim the status of women, to the fear of women’s rights groups of all stripes.
The organization took it a step further. In a document called “Twelve Small Actions with Great Impact for Gender Equality”, the organization states: “Terms such as ‘male or female’ and ‘women or men’ exclude non-binary and intersex people who do not fall under any of these categories… Everyday language plays a big role in breaking gender stereotypes and rejecting the ‘male and female’ binary. Instead of using terms like ‘ladies and gentlemen’ or ‘boys and girls’, change to a gender-neutral term like ‘staff’, ‘kids’ or ‘you guys’”.
But UN Women still doesn’t follow its own advice. If it did, “UN Women” would be sidelined in favor of a less offensive name. “UN Personal” sounds good. Or maybe “UN You There” would be better.
The family in danger?
The issue is more pernicious than increasingly ridiculous semantics. The growing insistence that “femininity”, “masculinity” and “non-binarity” are in dispute – genitals and chromosomes be damned – is a movement that radical feminist Shulamith Firestone articulated and defended for decades, as do her philosophical descendants .
Firestone said: “The ultimate goal of the feminist revolution must be . . . not just the elimination of male privilege, but of gender distinction itself.” And she really meant it.
Firestone said that as the non-binary cause advances, “genital differences between humans would no longer have cultural significance.” She meant that it would not matter at all whether for some reason, socially or legally, a person was male or female.
In fact, it might be illegal to distinguish between the two. Perhaps we haven’t reached that point in our society – yet. But political decisions at the local, national and international levels have sent us dizzily in this direction.
Nationally, the most recent example of this is the vote by the US House of Representatives Armed Forces Committee to demand that women enlist in the name of “gender equality.”
Locally, the wars waged over access to school toilets are a powerful example of blurring the boundaries between the sexes.
Internationally, numerous initiatives at the UN and elsewhere are leading the world to legally and culturally eliminate gender distinctions between men and women, driven by transgender activism and “gender equality” initiatives.
“We will not be deleted!” is now a common slogan in trans activism. They claim that categorizing people into the archaic categories of “man” and “woman” socially and legally erases people who consider themselves neither.
What UN Women and other UN 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” are meaningless.
The terms “mother” and “father” also lose their meaning because these words are gender specific and would therefore be considered invalid or discriminatory. The very chromosomes that rest in the cells of our bodies would be considered irrelevant enemies or challengers to our true nature.
What would be the end result of a mass movement to obliterate recognition of physical sex? Firestone said that, in such a society, “the tyranny of the biological family would be broken.”
As is becoming increasingly apparent, the aim of the sexual revolution in all its manifestations – including transgender policies that obliterate physical sex – is to attack and destroy the family.
But, curiously, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights says: “The family is the natural and fundamental unit of society and has the right to protection by society and the State.”
However, UN actions, programs and treaties over the past 20 years have not shown a prevalent enthusiasm for families. In fact, it could be said that there was a fierce struggle to dismember them.
But there is some good news. Erasing or destroying the family will ultimately be impossible. Since the family is rooted in the inherently regenerative anatomy of people, men and women will continue to exist, no matter what we call them or not.
Men and women will also continue to produce babies. And these babies will draw their parents’ hearts toward them like nothing else can. And the offensive and exclusionary words “mother”, “father”, “man” and “woman” will persist and will once again be spoken with delight rather than disdain.
UN Women can call itself what it wants, but women are here to stay.
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