This Healthline article about erections never uses the word "man" or "men"
But it does say
People with penises have an average of 11 erections per day and three to five more each night, but everyone is different.
I've often heard about 'people with vaginas' but this is my first time finding 'people with penises'.
While I don't want to open myself to a Rowling, I've agreed with women who objected to the non-consensual attempt to erase the concept of "women" from our thoughts and words. It's a radical act that deserves to be discussed but was instead immediately adopted by corporate media.
Isn't it so weird /s how the revolutionary economic goals and ideas that embodied Occupy Wall Street weren't taken up by Vogue and Healthline and Reddit and Twitter and Disney and Coke and yet all of them are on board with erasing the concept of gender in the relative blink of an eye.
Language only forms how we see and understand the world and appropriating it on behalf of everyone else is progress, y'hear. Or else...
Turns out the revolution will very much be televised.
And so now men are being erased too, as least linguistically.
There special wrinkles to the erasure of men, however.
Firstly, men have typically been viewed as disposable and currently taken for granted as the people who do the hard labour necessary for our way of life.
To a great extent, men are the house staff. They are meant to be in the background, silently performing the labour that keeps the household in good stead. (Note: This is not to say that women don't do such work as well; the analogy is specific to the hard and dangerous resource extraction, manufacturing and shipping work that are almost exclusively occupied by men.)
Secondly, popular feminism holds the implicit assumption that men are defective women. That's why when you talk about male murder victims, feminists will rejoin with "Yeah but they were murdered by MEN!". They need to re-affirm the narrative that men are the problem, never the victim. (This also suggests that their concern for battered women largely rests on pursuing the idea that men are bad, which is hardly empathetic or humanistic.)
A generation of boys have grown up hearing that they're sinful because they're male. It makes sense that some would seek to escape the label of 'man', causing a further erasure of men.
I firmly support the right of an individual to wear what they want (I have a lot of respect for what Ezra Miller is doing), to be who they want (as long as it harm
none least), to be whatever gender they want*. Because I'm comfortable in my support of these human rights, I can also be concerned about how this new freedom will be used by some too many men to escape the haunting of their gender by the actions of every evil man while never seeing it lauded for the actions of every good man.
So. "People with penises".
How normalized will this language be 5 years from now and what will be the effects of that, if any?
Should it be normalized? Do I just not know what cooks?
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* My support for the right to choose your own gender began long ago when I read John Varley's short story Options, where anybody can change their biological sex at whim. It was written in 1979.
You can find it in Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year 9 and in Varley's short story collection Blue Champagne.