She sets this non-entity in the context of the Mad Gender Disease affecting everyone with a degree in Arts or Sociology, and gives them a good currying too, if that is not offensive.
There are two slight errors in the article which in view of the sharpness of the handling we shall overlook.
Firstly. Miranda has not caught up with MM’s ever so useful invented word sheheit (hot from MM’s Automatic Neologism Maker – ALDI has them free with every carton of organic eggs) used to describe Gender Benders.
Secondly, she neglected to mention that when 25 of our diggers had returned in coffins the other day, to be buried in their own country, Morrison was nowhere to be found. And him the head of the army. And just because the returning men were not openly gay.
His name, for starters, is inherently sexist.
“Morrison” includes the gendered word “son” which represents society’s perception of the essential “male”, and reflects the oppression of patriarchy. If he wants to be taken seriously as a diversity maven, he must change his name to the gender-neutral Morrisheir or, better still, Morris*n.
“David” is a gendered name too. How many wom*n do you know named David? Actually, we had a nun at school named Sister David but she doesn’t count. What’s disturbing is that when you hear the name David, you expect to see a m*n. It is a name that reeks of cisgenderism.
So he needs to change it to, say, Davo, or even Devo, with all its risque promise.
Devo Morris*n has a certain je ne sais quoi.
Now you might think that Morris*n could have used the platform of Australian of the Year in a worthwhile cause. He could have spoken for a new generation of war veterans suffering PTSD, for instance.
But, instead, after five months in hiding, the former chief of army popped up last week in a video for the Diversity Council, to crack down on “gender-based language”. In an interview with the ABC, he called for the eradication of the word “guys”, as in: “Hey, guys, how’s it hanging?”
“I have now removed (guys) from my lexicon as best I can”, he told an approving Virg*nia Trioli. “I think it’s important …
“Exclusive language, gender-based language or inappropriate language has as much a deleterious or disadvantaged effect as something where you’re saying something blatantly inappropriate to another human being.”
It’s a pity, because “guys” is such a useful, friendly, even gender-neutral word, despite its suspect roots. Maybe instead of “guys”, Morris*n would let us use “g*ys”? This would have the added advantage of encompassing sexual fluidity.
The problem for Morris*n, if he is trying to forge a new career in the field, is that when it comes to the wild and wacky world of gender diversity, he is a rank amateur.
Go to Sydney University for the real deal. An “equity and diversity working group” has just recommended “the introduction of pronoun rounds in tutorials [and] all-gender accessible [unisex] bathrooms”.
A “pronoun round” is an “equity policy” to avoid “misgendering”. It has become mandatory in debating competitions. Debaters must introduce themselves, giving their name and the pronoun which accords with the gender with which they identify.
Monash University’s “Debating Review” explains the complicated new etiquette: “No one should ever assume a person’s gender identity or their correct pronouns based on appearance… It is the responsibility of all participants to keep mindful of each other’s correct gender pronouns …
“Participants should listen intently during introductions with a mind towards the necessary amount of nuance that can potentially present itself. For example, where some transgender or gender-fluid people might identify with ‘ze’ others may identify with ‘they’ and vice versa.”
Needless to say, students unwilling to state the bleeding obvious before every debate have had to quit debating, such is the tolerance and inclusivity of the gender police.
Debating’s elaborate new pronoun protocol is now set to spread across Australian campuses. Student newspaper Honi Soit reveals that, on May 16, Sydney University’s Academic Board had the pleasure of a presentation about “gender-inclusive environments” from the chairpers*n of the equity and diversity working group Dr J*nny Saleeba, from the Faculty of Science.
“Dr Saleeba expressed the value of pronoun rounds in small tutorials as well as allowing students to indicate their preferred names to lecturers and tutors in the first lesson to avoid accidental use of ‘dead’ names — names based on the birth sex of a student that are no longer used.”
Academic Board chairm*n Assoc. Prof Anthony M*sters, from the Chemistry School, approved of the suggestions, which “fit well with our strategic plan, as well as our legislated obligations with respect to diversity, equity and wellbeing and safety”.
This is because students have diverse “gender identities” that should be respected.
Facebook lists 58 genders and no doubt there will be more as cadres of Safe Schools graduates come of age.
So, you see, the gender diversity industry doesn’t need General Devo Morris*n to push its barrow. It’s already a crowded field.
What’s he doing with the title of Australian of the Year, anyway? It might be gender-neutral but it’s hierarchical and non-inclusive. Where’s the diversity and equality in elevating one middle-aged white man above the rest.
Let’s celebrate true diversity. Let all 24 million of us become Australian of the Year in 2017. That’s equality in action!
Even better, since everyone will already have one, we can kill off the award. Devo Morris*n can go into the history books as the last Australian of the Year, a shining example of the plight of early 21st-century m*nhood.
Perhaps it is just as well he was not there when our men came home.
As Australia’s greatest poet, Henry Lawson, put it:
The men we scorn when we’re alive,
With their praise insult our ashes.