Gender can be a difficult concept to discuss with your kids, but now, France has made an announcement on the taboo topic and it's stirred up a big reaction...
In today's day and age, more and more people are identifying as "non-binary."
Long gone are the days where there are simply "men" and "women."
It's 2021, and there are hundreds of different ways in which a person can identify...
And non-binary is certainly becoming more common.
But what exactly does non-binary mean?
According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, “non-binary" is the term people use to describe genders that don't fall into the 2 binaries of male or female.
Many people feel more comfortable with identifying as non-binary...
via: GettyBut, of course, there are several people out there who can't bear the idea of a person identifying as something outside of the "normal" genders.
So they lash out.
via: GettyLike most who are uneducated on the topic, many people sit behind their keyboards and send abusive messages to those who identify as non-binary... for reasons completely unbeknown to most.
Understandably, this kind of abuse takes a toll on people's mental health...
And some think the best way to address the issue is by teaching kids from an early age all about gender.
Education is the key to stop misinformation.
Especially when it comes to topics such as gender, when you stop a child from asking questions and shush them, you're automatically teaching them that the topic is wrong.
There's a much better way of talking about gender if the topic arises...
But France seems to not agree.
Gender-neutral or non-binary people face problems while out in public...
But politicians worry allowing for new pronouns/gender-neutral language may cause different problems ...
The bill was put forward by François Jolivet, a deputy in president Emmanuel Macron's La République En Marche (LREM) party.
He believes gender-neutral words will make French more "complex" to learn.
It also reportedly "endangers" its heritage and "does not help" in the fight for gender equality.
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While his detractors claim "language reflects society and its way of thinking about the world."
They claim these concerns are just "conservatives clinging to a bastion of male dominance."
"We're fed this idea that language rules are sacred and that feminists are undermining our culture. It's the kind of talk that stirs emotional responses but simply doesn't withstand scrutiny."
The controversial proposal will be debated in the National Assembly in the coming weeks.
What do you think of this issue?