NBC’s Today Show threw science and common sense to the wayside on Friday with an uncritical, celebratory look at the teenagers of this generation who are fighting to redefine words like “gender” and the rules that go along with our biological characteristics. In introducing the segment, host Savannah Guthrie was practically gushing over the new-and-improved LGBT movement, which aims to rewrite not only history and culture, but the very definition of science itself.
“This morning, we’re kicking off a special series called Pride 50 with an eye-opening look at gender fluidity,” said Guthrie at the top of the program. “How the teens of Gen Z are changing the rules and educating their parents.”
A few minutes later, correspondent Kate Snow launched the segment by telling viewers that Gen Z is throwing out all of those old, musty rules about girls and boys and whether or not there is any real difference between the two.
“So you know from the moment we’re born, we’re defined by our gender. Most of us were raised according to those stereotypes,” Snow said. “But now, Generation Z, the new generation, they’re changing all that, from the clothes they buy to the pronouns they use, teens are rewriting the rules of gender.
“It used to be gender was pretty straightforward,” Snow recalled. “There was just he and she. But today, gender lines are blurring with the teens of Gen Z embracing gender fluidity. A recent survey found more than half of teens now shop outside their given gender and know someone who goes by gender-neutral pronoun like ‘they’ or ‘them.’ And more than a third of Gen Z believes gender doesn’t define a person as much as it used to.”
So, right here, Snow is conflating two phenomena that have only the weakest link between them. Because there is an enormous difference between a teenage girl picking up a sweatshirt from the men’s department of Target and a teenage girl actually believing that she is a boy trapped in a girl’s body. There is a world of difference between a boy who prefers playing with Bratz dolls and a boy who now insists that his peers call him “they” so that he can be true to his undefined gender identity.
Alas, in much the same way that the media like to conflate “immigration” with “illegal immigration,” they are only too pleased to conflate the bending of gender stereotypes with the idea that you can actually change your gender at will.
To explain how old fuddy-duddies and their conservative ideas about gender no longer mattered, NBC interviewed one genius teen about the movement.
He said: “I mean, you guys are gonna be old and you can’t say anything. So there’s nothing stopping us anymore. And then we can pass it on down to our kids, and then it just keeps going like a rolling ball, not stopping. And it will just become regular. And we’ll be proud to embrace it.”
This teenager, for all his worldly wisdom, apparently hasn’t stopped to consider the possibility that his kids will rebel and reject this idiotic, flavor-of-the-month liberalism for something a little more sane. Meanwhile, we can only hope that they do.