How can anyone ever again depend on Reuters to accurately and impartially report on matters of human sex and sexuality when it can’t even pass a second-grade biology exam and, more importantly, has clearly chosen sides in an ongoing and highly contentious sociopolitical debate?
But there remains a larger question still. If a person’s “actual sex” needn’t be rooted in biological reality, then why should anything be rooted in biological reality? If we’re playing relativist Texas Hold’em, let’s go all in. As long as we’re tinkering with scientific and moral truth, why stop at a person’s biologically determined and fixed sex? Why stop at “gender identity”?
I’ll wager that next year Reuters scores a 150 percent on HRC’s “equality index” if it offers a category for “species identity.” If “a person’s innate, deeply felt psychological identification” is all that matters, then who is Reuters – who are any of us – to discriminate if an employee wants to get in touch with his inner horse and run the Kentucky Derby?
For that matter, what about “racial identity?” Again, why the intolerant and arbitrary “gender-identity” narrow-mindedness? Roseanne Barr is a short, obnoxious white woman today, but who’s to say that tomorrow she won’t develop an “innate, deeply felt psychological identification” as a seven-foot black man? Watch out, NBA. (I think we can stipulate that, as regards Ms. Barr, “obnoxious” remains a fixed variable under any conceivable scenario).
Merriam Webster’s defines “reductio ad absurdum” as “disproof of a proposition by showing an absurdity to which it leads when carried to its logical conclusion.”
You’ve just experienced reductio ad absurdum. “Species identity,” “racial identity” and, to no lesser extent, “gender identity” each represent comically absurd contrivances.
But only one of these comically absurd contrivances is actually taken seriously by an alarming number of at least superficially intelligent people.
Really, today’s “LGBT” activists, along with their sycophantic allies (like the frightened little toadies at Reuters) signify the embodiment of reductio ad absurdum. When one objectively contemplates the logical conclusion of each their “progressive” propositions, one is left contemplating the absurd.
It’s a brave new world, indeed. And “progressivism” sets the bar absurdly low.
Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of BarbWire.com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).