JOIN
OUR EMAIL LIST!
spiked/Youtube.com

British television news channel Sky News recently featured a spirited debate about the acceptance of trans people's free expression and the use of pronouns to respect their identities.


Put slightly differently, Drag Queen Amrou Al-Kadhi was NOT about to patiently sit through Spiked magazine Editor Brendan O'Neill's unceasing refusal to humbly accept another person's preferred pronoun.

The debate comes on the heels of a recent announcement by the American Dialect Society.

They named the singular "They" pronoun the word of the decade, no doubt a nod to some great strides—albeit with WAY more work to go—made in that time by the Trans community, as people aim to be recognized as the person they are.

Much of the ensuing debate amounted to a repetitive back and forth as O'Neill would not give an inch to Al-Kadhi's arguments.

The drag queen kicked off the discussion by asking O'Neill why he "throws tantrums like an insecure child" when trans people ask to be called a simple pronoun.

Giphy

O'Neill, after calling 'they' a "quirk of the English language," returned:

"I am very worried about the creation of this elitist new language, with words like "they," "cisgender," "nonbinary," "heteronormative."

"[Those words] are used by a new elite to signal that they are good people, that they are a part of the 'in-club."

With no hesitation whatsoever, Al-Kadhi fired back.

"Trans people are not a movement, as you say. They're not an ideology. They're not a belief system."

"Trans people are merely people trying to live their lives who don't, for whatever reason, fit into whatever binary."

Al-Kadhi made this similar point throughout the debate, reminding everyone how problematic it is that a trans person's existence is regularly moved from declared fact to debatable opinion.

Check out the entire debate for yourself below.

Shortly after the debate, Al-Kadhi posted the interview to twitter with a further take on the whole thing.

The activist's twitter followers were all in.



Keep speaking up and wigging out Amrou Al-Kadhi!

Pixabay

Fam. Weighted blankets.

If you (or your kids - I see you, exhausted parents) struggle to stay asleep at night, weighted blankets might be a game changer for you. We got one for our 1-year-old after a week of her waking up at 4AM for baby jam sessions.

Best $31.99 we have ever spent. Ever.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

As kids, we spent about 8 hours every day in school for 10 months of each year. Not surprisingly, a few useless lessons made their way into the curriculum.

Well, maybe more than a few.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by Tracy Lundgren from Pixabay

Kids say some seriously whacky stuff sometimes, it can be disturbing, especially when they tend to discuss people who are not there. When the imagination is heading into "The Sixth Sense" territory, it may be time for a visit to the therapist. Now almost all of us had imaginary friends at one point in life. It is a very normal, common part of childhood. But much like the real friends in corporeal form we make in life, sometimes certain relationships are toxic and not a good influence. And separation is called for.

Redditor u/xX_ENTROPY_Xx wanted to hear about people's children's besties that they haven't laid eyes on by asking..... What's the scariest story you heard a child tell about their "imaginary friend"?

Keep reading... Show less
Image by philm1310 from Pixabay

Be careful what you wish for, you just may get it. That is one of the wisdoms of life that people are always throwing around. It can be especially true when meeting your idols, finding your dream job and searching down blood relatives you knew nothing about. The DNA discovery craze has been all the rage the past decade or so. Everyone is running around contacting family they never knew they had. That can be quite the Pandora's box of family secrets and scandal.The outcomes have been all over the place. Though one of the best led to the discovery of the Golden State killer so that's a win.

Redditor u/VideoFork wanted to know who would be willing to give up some salacious tea about their blood tie discoveries by asking..... People who have taken an ancestry DNA test and accidentally uncovered a family secret, what was it?
Keep reading... Show less