To the radical feminists and conservative men, thank you! You have carried this mantle in your silos for far too long. I am a silent moderate. My adjectives are intelligent, feminine, and tough. To describe me another way would be an attack on ‘my truth.’ I jest.
I write this as a call to all the silent moderates out there. Now is our time! Before one more word is changed to be “inclusive”, to be “neutral.” There is no neutrality in this insidious linguistic sleight-of-hand. The language slights are an attack on the family. It strips the population of the language needed to speak to the intimacy of our relationships. Afterall, it is relationships that humans really live for. If relationships get dehumanized, what chance do we have?
So this is a call for action! And action, especially from girls, women, and ladies. Yes, fathers fight for your sons, and sons fight for your fathers. But we women see with clarity that it is us on the front lines of this fight. We will be the first to go. As the “neutral” language chips away at our most cherished strengths of the mother-daughter-and-son bond, and the foundational strength of our families. Chip, chip, chip…eroding fathers, mothers, sons and daughters a word at a time.
Girls, women and ladies, the time is now! Do not let the front lines of this ideology advance any further. Women fight for girls! Girls fight for women! Mothers fight for daughters and daughters fight mothers! Aunts fight for nieces, and nieces fight for aunts! Wives fight for your wives! Sisters fight for your sisters, for in this we are all our sisters’ keepers!
Fight in big ways or small but fight we must! My charge to you is this: Take 1000 small actions against this ideology. First, we push it out of our homes, then out of our schools. We keep pushing outward. In 1000 small ways push back! Our relationships are worth it! And so is our humanity.