A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in September 2019:
Sunday Times caption: Singer Sam Smith has spoken of being ‘at war’ with his gender; future Brit awards could be non-binary
Here we go again. The tide of declaring competitions “non-binary” if judgment of merit is subjective shows no sign of stopping, let alone turning. Feminists always corrupt such competitions, so as to present women as superior to men (literature being an obvious example). If the same were done with competitions in which judgment of merit is objective (sports, chess, countless other areas) women would barely if ever appear in the top rankings. In practice women don’t even enter such competitions, to save their dignity, if nothing else.
The piece in yesterday’s Sunday Times:
The organisers of Britain’s biggest music awards, the Brits, are looking at abolishing gender categories, just days after the singer Sam Smith revealed he was changing the personal pronoun he uses to refer to himself to “they/them”.
Since the first Brits in 1977, it has had separate gongs for male and female solo artists. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) trade body, which organises the awards, is looking at ways to accommodate musicians who define themselves as non-binary — neither male nor female.
One of the options it is looking at is to make all the awards gender-neutral.
Currently the best group, best newcomer and best album at the Brits are all gender-neutral, but solo artist remains split into male and female.
Transgender rights activists say making the solo artist category gender-neutral would be more welcoming for those who identify outside the male and female genders.
Smith, 27, whose hits include Writing’s on the Wall from the James Bond film Spectre, was nominated for best British male solo artist at the 2019 Brits in February.
The singer told fans this week: “I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to they/them after a lifetime of being at war with my gender. I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out.”
The proportion of the UK population who identify as non-binary when given a choice between male, female and another option is at least 0.4%, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
A month after this year’s Brits ceremony, Smith talked about the struggle with gender identity. “Sometimes I’ve questioned, ‘Do I want a sex change?’, and it’s something I still think about, like: ‘Do I want to?’
“But I don’t think it is [something I want to do]. When I saw the words ‘non-binary’ and ‘genderqueer’ and I read into it and I heard these people speaking, I was like, ‘F***, that’s me.’”
Sources at the BPI said that any decision made is unlikely to affect the next awards, scheduled for February 2020.
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