Friday, 9 August 2013


And 'Carespeak'

'Race' and 'gender'
One comes across these two words everywhere in contemporary English, in the media. politics, academe and professional life, and even in ordinary popular speech. Individually each casual use fills me with despair over the loss of precision in language (and presumably in the thinking behind it). Link these words together, however, as in the title above, and despair gives way to... well, whatever lies beyond (something too deep for tears, whatever it is).

Try putting these two words together in inverted commas and entering the resulting phrase into a Google search, thus:
race and gender”

You will be rewarded with over three million hits. There is a quite a lot of it about.


As far as I understand these two terms individually, in their increasingly common usage:
  • gender: an attempt to debiologise sex, replacing it with psychological and/or social constructs
  • race: a profoundly anti-humane and reactionary attempt to biologise social and/or biological constructs.
If you are not certain what these two words mean, then do not use them. If you are confused about this, then one sensible rule of thumb is to avoid using these two words at all, either singly or in combination, unless of course discussing pronouns or the horses, or the like.
Pseuds' Corner

I cannot fathom the ideology represented here. It may be something to do with the heady (idealist) world of intersectionalism:


A few days ago Norman Perrin wrote me a brief note –

And something else that might amuse:

Do you understand Carespeak? Do be careful about speaking it.

Previous reflections upon language

Problems of language have been a recurrent theme on Conductive World:


1 comment:

  1. Mark Neary has now produced his final list ( including in the post this ultra-fine example of the genre:

    “We believe that a child’s parents should be as fully involved as possible in all aspects of the care and wellbeing of their child and this policy is about supporting that partnership approach”.

    The author is the Head of Children's social care for Worcestershire Council .... explaining the proposal to charge parents of looked-after children.