Showdown on the Definition of “Gender”

Showdown on the Definition of “Gender”

For centuries the word “gender” referred to “male or female.”  But the definition of “gender” seems to depend on who you’re talking to.   The UN and those who push for “gender rights” use it incessantly (see the list below).  A battle over the definition stalled this year’s final negotiations of the Agreed Conclusions for the Commission on the Status of Women.”  But Monday, March 14, will bring all the disparate voices back together for a shot at gaining “consensus” on the topic.

This is a showdown of vital importance.  If the official definition moves from that of its traditional meaning, the door will be thrown open to the advancement in the international arena of  “pro-sexual orientation” policies and politics.    The traditional family unit will end up in more peril for sure and radical women’s rights advocates will definitely get a major boost.  This is a showdown between different value systems and world views; a lot is riding on the outcome.  Both sides of this battle are actively working to influence member states and their delegations.

For more specifics on the definition, the history of the term, and what occurred at CSW 2011, we invite you to go here and read an article by Susan Roylance, a founder of United Families International.

  • gender access to education
  • gender analysis
  • gender awareness
  • gender balance
  • gender-based barriers
  • gender-based discrimination
  • gender-based division of parental functions
  • gender-based methodologies
  • gender-based stereotypes
  • gender-based violence
  • gender bias
  • gender-biased curricula
  • gender-biased teaching
  • gender concerns
  • gender considerations
  • gender differences
  • gender differentials
  • gender dimensions
  • gender disparities
  • gender division of labor
  • gender equality
  • gender equity
  • gender gap
  • gender goals
  • gender impact
  • gender implications
  • gender inequality
  • gender inequities
  • gender insensitive laws
  • gender paradigm
  • gender perspectives
  • gender-related persecution
  • gender relations
  • gender-relevant knowledge
  • gender research planning
  • gender roles
  • gender-sensitive databases
  • gender-specific
  • gender-specific abuses  gender-specific information
  • gender studies
  • negative gender implications
  • respect between genders
  • statistics disaggregated by gender  (List from UFI’s “UN Negotiation Guide”)
2 Comments
  • Choice and Accountability
    Posted at 14:20h, 11 March Reply

    Boy. Or should I say, “girl.” The U.N. sure likes to make things complicated. Any 3-year-old can give it to them straight. Or is that “gay?” I’m so confused! 😉

    Great job U.F.I! Thanks for keeping us informed.

  • Robert Scrivens
    Posted at 13:26h, 21 March Reply

    I have been reading the literature on the sex-ed curriculum “It’s all one” and the possibilities are frightening. One of the five things Edward Gibbon says was responsible for the downfall of the Roman Empire was “Obsession with sex”. Both Canada and the USA, nations built on the Judeo-Christian tradition, are in danger of falling into the same pit of destruction if this kind of curriculum were to be forced on the children of our nations. I have read snippets of the proposed curriculum and find it very disturbing to say the least.

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