March 8 was introduced as the “Day of the Women” early in the 20th century when it was called International Working Women’s Day. The first observance in the US was in 1908 and was organized by the Socialist Party of America. The communist government of the Soviet Union made it an official holiday soon after the Bolshevik revolution. This seems logical as the mother-child bond at home was never something celebrated among communists. Instead, a woman’s place was in the communist workforce, honored to do Drudgery for the State.
We’re hearing a lot more about the Day of the Woman this year than in previous years combined, at least in the United States. For example, there are calls for women to take part in a general strike on March 8. Schools around Washington, DC are engaging in political closures for it this year. The idea behind the strike is supposedly to help people see what it’s like to have “a day without women.” I’m not sure how working mothers feel about the last minute political closures that will keep their kids home. Maybe they’ll stay home with the kids? That would seem ironic. But, I suppose a day without K12 education these days should be welcomed as a day without brainwashing.
In any case, it all reminds me of a talk I gave around this time last year at the United National Conference on the Status of Women in New York. I was honored to speak on a panel about “Political Correctness and Gender Ideology” along with Michael Walsh, author of The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, and Austin Ruse, president of C-FAM. C-FAM wrote the event up here: “UN Panel on Political Correctness Startles Young Social Justice Warriors.”
One of the great ironies today is that those who purport to support women are actively involved in the legal abolition of women. Think about it. Acceptance of gender ideology, specifically transgenderism, among feminists results in the erasure of women. Because if one’s biological sex is meaningless and interchangeable with something called “gender identity” then nobody is either male or female in the eyes of the law. It means, for example, that I am only a woman because I think I’m a woman. We should be challenging these folks to tell us exactly what a woman is. And why merely thinking about being male or female makes it so.
The central point in my presentation at the UN Conference was that censorship – and especially government sponsored censorship – is central to pushing through the agenda of gender ideology. The gender identity anti-discrimination laws require us all to reject the physical reality of our sex, and legally replace it with something called “gender identity.” This means that being male or female can only exist in our minds. So once that notion is enshrined in law you end up with severe limits on what you express not only about your perception of reality, but about yourself. Gender ideology does not tolerate physical sex distinctions. It is a universal requirement based in the premise of every one of its laws passed so far – that our sex is merely “assigned at birth.” So this restricts what you may express about your own physical reality, your own personal identity, and your own relationships.
Gender ideology absolutely requires a regime of political correctness – or political conditioning – that manipulates the fears of social isolation in people in order to get them to self-censor. Once self-censorship like this takes hold, a society can be induced to conform to any agenda at all. It takes on a life of its own.
I discussed the four main ways gender ideology serves as a vehicle for consolidating the power of the state. I also wrote up my experience at the event in the Fall 2016 issue of The Human Life Review in an article entitled, “Transgenderism: A Creature of Political Correctness.”