Teen Vogue – IngSoc for High Schoolers
Teen Vogue – IngSoc for High Schoolers
“Using gendered terms — such as “ladies [and] gentlemen” — is highly presumptuous, especially in today’s society, in which many persons are aware that they don’t identify as male or female and therefore are uncomfortable with this type of language,” Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC, explains.
To help our nonbinary friends feel more included and safe around us …”
It is the rare teen who gets through high school or college ignoring peer-pressure. Even before the Internet and the phrase “going viral”, teen fads would spread at light speed. From fashion to slang, the ironic phase of being rebellious by acting like all your peers usually fades about the time a young person embraces the real word of adult responsibilities.
However, we are now witnessing teens being pressured into behavior designed to cripple their critical thinking. The scolding language used above about the formal phrase “ladies and gentlemen” is presented as settled fact. Who has decided the phrase is “presumptuous”? I don’t remember a vote electing Hoffman-Fox Newspeak Czar.
Honestly, how many people are sincerely “uncomfortable” with the phrase?
Those people who use their offense as a weapon to control others don’t count.
Here are a few of the list of language demands least you be guilty of CrimeThink™
• Parent or pibling instead of mother/father
• Child instead of son/daughter
• Kiddo instead of boy/girl
• Sibling instead of sister/brother
• Nibling instead of niece/nephew
• Partner, significant other, or spouse instead of girlfriend/boyfriend or wife/husband
This isn’t about public speaking when addressing mixed-sex groups or when asking about the unknown – e.g. “Employees can bring their spouse to the retreat.” It is about controlling, and demeaning, familial relationships.
We’ve just met, and you want to know if I have any siblings. I’m not going just say “Yes” and drop the conversation. I will answer, “Yes, I have a younger sister.”
We can avoid erasing women and nonbinary people from everyday conversations by using gender-neutral descriptions.
I’m a proud wife, mother and grandmother. Yet, unironically, Hoffman-Fox and ilk are demanding my sovereignty as a woman be erased by adhering to terms like “pibling,” even in private, in the name of “inclusion”.
Just because a nonbinary person isn’t present doesn’t make it OK to use binary language. … Hold those around you accountable.
Most of us were raised to be polite and civil with others. If someone expresses discomfort, our first instinct based on that training is to apologize and accommodate.
Stop it. If you suspect the person getting in your face because you are using “gendered language” or have “mis-gendered” someone, challenge them. Don’t be rude or profane, just be firm in your objection. Refuse to give your power to them. Because, when you scrape away all the excuses, this is about power and who will be in control over you.
“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.” 1984 – George Orwell
What is language but a tool of the mind to grasp and describe the reality around us? Narrow the language to train minds not to consider ungood subjects. Bully people into using unclear terms long enough that clarity of thought is impossible.
The best thing you can do for your teen (besides blocking Teen Vogue on their devices) is to let them know they are capable of being polite and compassionate while refusing to submit to demands issued by a dangerous cult. Work with your teen on the art of rhetoric, the definitions of fallacies and how to use logic. Most of Newspeak acolytes have so bought into the new language taboos they are unable to coherently put together a declarative sentence let alone argue effectively.
Obfuscation or emotional outburst from them is the usual result when their assumptions are challenged.
You or your teen may not change the Maoling’s mind. But you will affect any surrounding witnesses.
In this cold civil war, control of the language is paramount. Don’t give up.
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