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LETTER: I wish Sir John would get out of the habit of throwing blame on to the ‘liberal left intelligentsia’




I agree with a couple of John Hayes’ points in his article of June 11, though deploring some of his loose accusations.

I don’t believe children’s views on their sexuality - sometimes pushed on to them nowadays, and in any case often transient fantasies - should be taken and re-inforced in order to re-direct their lives while they are still young. Such things need maturer understanding than children have yet acquired.

I would have used the word ‘sex’ where he uses ‘gender’.The word’s meanings have varied a bit over time, but until recent years they had more or less settled down:‘sex’ referred to the unchangeable physical characteristics of the body and was associated with the words ‘male’ and ‘female’, ‘man’ and ‘woman’, whereas ‘gender related to the (potentially changeable) external manifestation of character and was associated with the words ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’.


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