Why the Redefinition of the Word Woman Matters

Samuel Johnson’s 1755 “Dictionary of the English Language”, first published the definition of “woman”. It was used in the Cambridge Dictionary up to October 2022. Science confirms what Adam and Eve already knew: the physiological differences between the sexes down to the genetic material and that they can also act, observe and think differently.

Cambridge states that a woman can be defined as an adult who identifies herself as female and lives in the present day. Cambridge says that a woman is an adult who identifies themselves as female and lives in the same place as men, even though they may have had different sexual experiences at birth.

A spokesperson for Cambridge University Press, Sophie White stated that editors had “carefully analyzed usage patterns of women” and believed that this definition would be useful to English learners. This is gibberish. White should admit that “Wokeish” is a fairly recent language.

The Post, for instance, claims Cambridge updated its definitions for “woman” and “man” “to (SET ITAL) include (END ITAL) transgender people.” (Incredulous italics mine.) This also makes zero sense. If Cambridge changed the definition of “black” or “Caucasian” to incorporate “Asian people,” it would not be including a new group; it would be altering the fundamental facts of what makes someone black or white or Asian. “Woman” is not a neologism. Our understanding of “woman” hasn’t been altered by new scientific discoveries. Nothing has changed.

These liturgical declarations of one’s “pronouns” seemed relatively innocent to me at first.

It’s one thing to be kind, but another to bully someone into a different reality. Gender-affirming therapy is used to tell girls that they can be boys. Conversion therapy is a method to convince a girl she can be a boy. It involves the use of cross-sex hormones and other life-altering surgeries.

Democrats continue to ridicule political opponents. They claim that Republicans have passed hundreds upon hundreds of cynical, callous laws in states that target transgender kids. This terrorized families, and criminalized doctors who provided the care.

Talk about cynicism.

I simply refuse to accept that most Americans, or even more than a small percentage, believe children should be empowered to choose their sex. Rather, in their well-intentioned effort to embrace inclusivity — and avoid being called bigots — they’ve allowed extremists to, among many other things, circumvent debate by corroding fundamental truths about the world. And that’s what these dictionaries — once a place we collectively went for definitions and etymologies — have shamefully helped them do.