Every so often, it’s important to stop and consider just how much things have changed since the 2010s began. Ten years ago—or, scratch that, five years ago—would you have believed that this could happen? From The Post Millennial:
An account called Hammer_of_Glass was suspended for tweeting “Only females get cervical cancer.” Twitter said that this tweet was “Violating our rules against hateful conduct.” Twitter determined that this tweet, stating that only people who have a cervix get cancer of the cervix, and further implying that only females have cervixes, was worthy of censorship and banishment from their platform.
The idea is that saying only women have a cervix is a transphobic thing to say because it erases all those people who have cervixes but refer to themselves with male pronouns or non-gender specific pronouns. The idea here is that everyone needs to change their concept of biological reality in order to make some people who don’t like their own biological reality feel more comfortable.
In July, CNN reported that cervical cancer screening was recommended for “individuals with a cervix,” though with regard to prostate cancer screening, they said this medical test was for “men.”
In the article from CNN recommending cervical cancer screenings for “individuals with a cervix,” the word “woman” was not mentioned, nor the words “female,” “vagina,” or “uterus.” It would be hard for a female who was not intimately aware of the labels that each of her reproductive organs were called to know if she were an “individual with a cervix” at all.
In 2020, one of the world’s largest social media platforms—one that has been accurately dubbed “the digital public square”—believes that saying “only females get cervical cancer” is hate speech. If that is hate speech, what do you think is next? We are watching a total takeover of the way society sees reality being initiated by progressives, and thus far, they are winning.
That’s why I don’t think Rod Dreher is exaggerating when he talks about civilizational collapse and urges Christians to consider what they will do when hate speech laws increase and cultural hostility grows.
Check out my review of his latest book, Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, here.