Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Don't Forget About NYC's Lunatic Pronoun Law

Here's E. Volokh. As far as I can tell, xir arguments are solid, and similar to those that wir here have discussed. As zzzxee have noted before, it's not just about pronouns (though that would be bad enough):
...people can basically force us [sic] — on pain of massive legal liability — to say what they [sic] want us [sic] to say, whether or not we [sic] want to endorse the political message associated with that term, and whether or not we [sic] think it’s a lie.
This is basically a crucial test of whether !zz%'re a liberal or not. If !zz%r response is hell no: liberal. If !zz%'re happy to bend the linguistic knee on this one: illiberal leftist.
   Well, of course, conservatives will also be inclined to say hell no. On this issue, the right is a lot saner than the left.
   And, of course, there's absolutely not the slightest damn justification for this. Zzzxee haven't needed laws to tell &***$^s how to address people since...the days of monarchs...hmm...

   But suddenly, and with respect to this bizarre kind of case...and a theory that's clearly nuts to anyone who thinks about it for two bloody seconds...suddenly we need laws forcing us to address people in certain ways...no matter how unreasonable those ways and their demands might be.
   This is simply not a close call.
   This is completely nuts.

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