We are besieged with peremptory instructions that we should reform our pronouns; should be careful how we refer to cervix-possessors; and be respectful towards 'transmen' and 'transwomen'; should remember that it is not 'women' who menstruate, but 'people'. We should fling every lavatory door wide open to penis-holders who Self Identify; and lend our deferential ears to dogmatic medics who resent any limitations on their appetite for mutilating pre-pubescent children.
We've been here before; not least in that unblessed year '1984', so much more real than the merely historical 1984.
"The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right. The obvious, the silly, and the true had got to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its laws do not change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported fall towards the earth's centre. With the feeling that ... he was setting forth an important axiom, [Winston Smith] wrote:
Freedom is the the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows."
'George Orwell' may not have been a Christian, but deep experience of the tyrannies of the Thirties and the Forties ... and their methods ... had enabled him to discern and elegantly to demonstrate that the corruption of Language and the denial of objective reality itself are the ultimate weapons of Evil and of evil men. It has been given to us to bear our witness in an epoch which is, I suspect, even more than his, fanatical to the point of intolerant bigotry in its attack on Truisms, Reality, and Language.
Like Winston Smith, I feel a sudden urgent need to "set forth" my "axiomatic" repudiation of the ("misological"??) culture in which I live. Ergo ...
I do not belong to 'the Party', and I will never join it.
In the last resort, Truth is more important than being sensitive, or even polite.
Human Beings may be so self-deceived that they even misdescribe themselves.
If someone assures me that he is a Martian Asparagus, it is permitted to me to demur.
I do not believe in 'Dysphoria' (or any other phony and manipulative grecism).
People who do believe in it are either crooks or deceived fools.
There are no such things as 'transwomen'.
But there are castrated men.
And there are men who have not been castrated.
If a man has not been castrated, he is a man who has not been castrated.
"If that is granted, all else follows."