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Privacy v. Tolerance

Reader comment on item: How to Answer When Asked for Your Pronouns

Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), Feb 20, 2022 at 05:21

Dear Dr. Daniel Pipes,

1. If someone asks you for your Pronouns (assuming it's not for medical reasons), they are intruding into your Privacy, and therefore are rude, or assumed a right to be intimate with you. So you have the right to respond in any way you wish.

2. However, as a conservative, you are strongly opposed to the Government intruding into the Private Affairs (pun intended) of the Individual American Citizen. What does choosing one Gender really mean? Do you really care about a Man dressing as a Woman? Or a Woman dressing as a Man? These Pronoun issues are not question about Procreations activities. Rather they a Social or Psychological questions and issues - not less relevant than Racism, Antisemitism, Sexism, or Homophobia.

By asking this question, it appears there is a conflict for a Conservative. But I can imagine that most Conservatives are extremely opposed to Homosexuality - as if a Homosexual has a Choice to change hisher emotions. Just as Gender currently precludes the possibility of a male producing a child birth after sex, so does psychology prevent a male homosexual loving a biological woman.

So the question here reduces to one of Enlightened Tolerance of the Other. Let G-d decide the alleged Sin of Homosexuality. In our American Democracy, the Cross-Gender behavior of Others isn't the business of our Government, nor should it be the concern of individual in their interaction unless it intrudes on one's own very private matters. It can only be a bit awkward to a heterosexual to address a he as a she, or a she as a he.he Other so requests; An inconvenience for One, but an emotional need of the Other.

So what's the problem here, Dr. (non-medical) Daniel Pipes?

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Daniel Pipes replies:

The problem is how to reply, for example, to a hospital scheduler. One wants to reject the premise of the question without insulting the bureaucrat asking the question.

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