Gender policy on display across the country
It’s no secret that I feel like I’m more creative when I’m bored. That means I watch MSNBC — not often — and read The Chronicle and The New York Times. I recently discovered something new in the San Francisco newspaper that sounded so absurd it might have come from the Babylon Bee parody. But no, it’s real, and I’m afraid it’s a trend.
Here are some examples.
First, the title of the articles, then the self-description of the journalists:
“Oakland will advocate for an end to American oversight of police” – “Sarah Ravani (she/her) is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.” Here’s another: “Kidnapped baby found in San Jose” – “Andy Picon (he/him) is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.” There’s more: “Democrats and Republicans differ starkly on California priorities” and “Susie Neilson (she) is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.”
Interestingly, some of the veteran reporters don’t feel compelled to state their “preferred pronouns” as they are now called.
Recently, the term “gender equity” has become popular among liberals, which I guess explains this “she/her” situation. I guess it would be less ridiculous if the reporter or columnist had a name like Robin, Bobby or maybe Pat that could be applied to either male or female. But it is more significant than that. Why should the writer want to advertise their gender, as if anyone cares? I can only imagine how readers would react if this column said “Bud Stevenson (he/she) is a columnist for the Daily Republic.”
Going further, should a story about the White House say “President Joe Biden (he/him) said on Tuesday. . . .?
You may have heard that this gender frenzy has spread to birth certificates and even passports. Apparently some “birthers” – we don’t say “mother” anymore in the IT world – think having a baby as a man or a woman is too restrictive. I recently read in this extreme left fringe that there were – in fact – 93 possible genres. And they want the subject of gender to be taught from kindergarten through third grade.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently got into trouble when he signed a law banning the teaching of gender-related subjects in the early grades. In a poll on the subject, a strong majority of Floridians agreed with the governor, who, by the way, is seen as a serious candidate for the White House in 2024. DeSantis is a younger generation and much more articulate than President Joe Biden.
We will have a good idea of where the country stands politically when we get to the midterm elections in November. I doubt many Democratic Party candidates will make gender equality a major part of their platforms.
According to recent polls, only 41% of likely voters have a high degree of trust in Joe Biden. On the other hand, former President Donald Trump isn’t very popular among likely voters, and I guess Trump isn’t thrilled with DeSantis’ growing popularity. And the Florida governor doesn’t want to appear too eager to challenge Trump for the presidency.
One thing the former president has in his favor is a ton of cash in his campaign coffer. Trump is also popular among evangelicals, especially in the South and Midwest. A photo from The Times showed a man wearing a hat that read “Jesus is my Savior – Trump is my President”. I would like to know if here in Fairfield and Suisun City this slogan is as popular.
One final note: Some of Biden’s “people” are annoyed. Fox News shows so many examples of the president’s confused and hesitant appearance. If for some reason Biden doesn’t run, the likely frontrunner would be Vice President Kamala Harris, who outvotes Biden even worse.
Bud Stevenson, a retired stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Join it at [email protected].