Dictionary faces criticism for including gender identity in definitions of “female” and “male”

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary online faces once again criticism for introducing gender identity ideology into its definitions of “male” and “female”.

“Female”, primarily defined in the online dictionary as “related to or equivalent to sex that typically has the ability to bear offspring or produce eggs”, now includes the secondary definition “having a gender identity that is opposite to that of a male.”

Similarly, the secondary definition of “male” is “having a gender identity that is opposite to that of female”. [N. do T.: importante notar que no inglês, ao contrário do português, é comum se referir a seres humanos com as palavras cognatas de “fêmea” e “macho” de forma meramente descritiva, neutra quanto à valoração, assim como se faz com animais.]

Entries were changed this way in 2020, but criticisms resurfaced later that the new definitions have recently circulated on social media. The host of [empresa conservadora de mídia] Daily Wire Matt Walsh and the conservative account Libs of Tiktok tweeted last Tuesday () images of the expanded definitions compared to past editions of the dictionary, which resulted in a resurgence of negative responses to the Merriam-Webster.

In addition to including gender identity as a legitimate definition of “male” and “female”, the Merriam-Webster Webster added the words “typically has the ability” to both the original definitions of “female” as “the sex that bears offspring and produces eggs” and of “male” as “the sex that produces relatively small and generally mobile gametes that fertilize a female’s eggs.”

These changes suggest agreement with the transgender community’s claim that a person’s gender identity is legitimate even if they are not have the same physical characteristics or capabilities as the gender they claim to embody.

Very Those who criticize the subtle redefinition of “male” and “female” in the Merriam-Webster ultimately see it as an attack on the ideas of objective truth and reality, and think it reflects the culture’s contempt for the biological reality of “masculine” ” and “feminine” as “transphobic” and even “dangerous”.

This redefinition is a continuation of the identity direction of Merriam-Webster. In 2019, the dictionary chose as its Word of the Year the pronoun “they” [que normalmente é a terceira pessoa do plural, “eles”], with “a single person whose gender identity is non-binary” appearing among the definitions — a nod to the non-binary community; and similarly added gender identity to its secondary definitions of “boy” and “girl” for “a child whose gender identity is male” and “a person whose gender identity is female.”

Daily Signal asked for a manifestation from Merriam-Webster, but received no response until closing of the story.

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