Gender confusion at UC-Berkeley

Students advised that being 'straight' doesn't mean attraction to the opposite sex since there are multiple genders but, instead, attraction to "a gender other than their own”

Members of LavenderCal — UC Berkeley LGBT employees and allies — gathered on the Sproul steps to celebrate the historic Supreme Court decisions supporting same-sex marriage. (NewsCenter photo by Jean Smith)

Get educated, straight people: It turns out that heterosexuality isn’t just a matter of being attracted to the opposite sex.

The Gender Equity Resource Center at the University of California, Berkeley, offers students a list of LGBTQ-related terminology,and several of them re-define what it means to be straight.

The guide defines “straight” as a “person who is attracted to a gender other than their own.” But the definition contains an important caveat: The term is “commonly thought of as ‘attraction to the opposite gender,’ but since there are not only two genders…this definition is inaccurate.”

As if to drive the point home, the guide also defines “heterosexuality” as “sexual, emotional, and/or romantic attraction to a gender other than your own.” That description repeats the caveat from the first definition.

It is unclear how exactly the guide is using the term “gender.” Elsewhere it defines “gender” as “a socially constructed system of classification that ascribes qualities of masculinity and femininity to people,” implying that gender itself does not actually exist apart from social conventions.

The guide does define “gender identity” as “an individual’s internal sense of their own gender,” but since that definition simply refers to the term “gender,” both terms are ultimately unclear.

Full story at The College Fix.

Comments

  1. Just because the Gender Equality Resource Center chooses to define words certain ways does not mean that the rest of us have to accept that usage. I am not a linguist. Perhaps the meaning of certain terms in American English will evolve over time, perhaps not.

  2. Kristin says

    No, I for one won’t be using the language of the enemy. Male or female, him or her, that’s how God made us. This current gender rejection is of the devil, recognize it folks!

  3. Anonymous says

    This center should be abolished! The “LGBT”-afflicted student’s condition of disability does not define who they are– they simply are human beings, like everyone else!

    • Anonymous says

      Science tells us– a boy is a boy, and a girl is a girl. Everyone is born that way– and the normal state is to be heterosexual. God made the world that way– which Mother Nature affirms. One has to be rational and truthful, regarding Mother Nature! Some people (“LGBTs”) have special problems– those people are all human beings, and should receive compassionate– and totally rational!– help for their problems. Not a bunch of
      silly, useless “gobbledeegook!”

  4. Chardin says

    Yeah…I’ve heard Cal doesn’t have a very strong science department.

    • Anonymous says

      Mother Nature tells us very truthfully– that she has a very special science, of procreation– between a Man and a Woman– very plain, rational, truthful, uncomplicated! A Man and a Woman marry, and have a baby! That is the way God created the entire world of humans and animals– that is the proper function of the sex instinct, created by God– to create a baby! No one can deny that simple truth!

  5. Anonymous says

    He, she or it; take your pick. That is as far as I go on the nominative pronouns.

    We need to take back the rainbow, too. Everything is called a “rainbow” now, even if it is just multi colored. God’s (nature”s) rainbow has seven colors, not six.

  6. Oops, I forgot the other three: we, you and they.

  7. So Anne TE is Anoymonous?

    • Mike m., I accidentally posted anonymously May 10 at 11;47 am. My name does not come up automatically, and sometimes I forget to put it in when I am in a hurry. I usually catch the mistake. I am not all the other anonymouses (misspelling intended) though. This computer has so many cliches that I really hate to you it.

      • Correction to last line: “hate to use it”

        As you can see it does not always underline all typos either.

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