Back in the days before the internet existed, I would get up Sunday morning primed for the dulcet tones of the BBC World Service’s James Alexander Gordon reading out the English Football results.
Did Arsenal win? Arsenal were in the old first division, so I’d know early as that got read out first. It was all in the tone. If James Alexander Gordon read out all of the English results (and the Scottish ones, but they don’t count), it would be 92 teams. 46 results.
It was all in the tone. If he started with an Arsenal result and said “Arsenal 2…” with an upward inflection at the end of the “2”. then for sure we had won. Woohoo! Sure enough, “Arsenal 2 – Southampton nil“.
An even tone in his voice would indicate that draw. “Nothing to see here folks, let’s move along!” But if his inflection went down at the end “Arsenal 2“, you’d know – you’d just know – that the other, would have scored at least 3.
And I’d get up every Sunday morning to hear those 92 League team results; Division One through to Division Four. 92 Leagues teams (plus the Scottish results if you cared enough for that).
That same BBC, the doyen of trustworthy news, has just announced that there are more genders than there are football teams in the English League. 100 to be exact, eight more than the teams I listened to.
Yes, we’ve reached peak ridiculous. As this article in The Times reports, the BBC has produced a series of nine films for schools that tell teachers who work with 9-12 year olds that there are 100 genders. You can read the full article here.
And I’d love to hear James Alexander Gordon read out the list. I’m not sure how many are in the first division, but there must be some obscure gender position that the cultural warriors of the BBC have devised that is way down near the cellar dwellers of division four.
As The Times reports about the BBC productions:
In one question-and-answer session a young boy asks: “What are the different gender identities?” He is then praised by a head teacher for asking a “really, really exciting question”.
The film cuts to a PSHE teacher called Kate Daniels, who explains to two other young children: “We know that we have got male and female, but there are over 100, if not more, gender identities now.”
Yes, I’ve noticed nine year old boys going around asking what the different gender identities are. It’s usually the first thought going through their heads in sex ed classes.
“A really, really exciting question.” Yes, I’m sure in the woke land of the BBC with all of its sexual deviance that’s a question that gets more than a few of its staff a little bit excited. That, and the possibility of being able to shape the sexual thoughts of young children.
And all that just a few years after Operation Yewtree in which the BBC was found to be turning a blind eye to decades of sexual abuse of minors by some of its most famous well-paid stars. Now they’re get paid to produce this material. Jimmy Savile was simply ahead of his time.
Now don’t pile on. I know that there are serious matters of gender dysphoria. I am married to a psychologist. Matters of identity matter.
But that’s why I’m writing this. Matters of identity matter. And we are atomising our future generations at a rate of knots. The progressive agenda is that this is about acceptance and unity, but they are assuredly turning a blind eye to the damage they are creating as they were to the Saviles of their world.
Of course this is all deeply scientific. Not. For as The Times goes on to report:
The Royal College of General Practitioners, which represents those who are the first point of contact for people questioning their identity, recognises six genders in a recent position statement. These are male, female, gender-neutral, non-binary, gender-fluid and gender-queer.
But what would they know compared to someone who has a postmodern literature degree from Goldsmith University? Perhaps we could push this further. Perhaps when some Harley Street surgeons come across a complicated brain surgery that has huge risks, they could phone the HR department of the BBC to get some advice.
Or perhaps the BBC was just trying to be more woke than Facebook, which peaked at 71 different genders. Just to prove the old media still has some life in it yet eh?
I’m tempted to just get out the popcorn and sit and watch the train-wreck, but it’s too sad for that. It’s just a sign of the cultural/intellectual suicide we’re seeing in a society that has no base other than the individuated self. The bodies – whatever gender they deem themselves to be – will start to wash up on our cultural shores at some stage. I just hope there are enough people willing to care for these broken, confused souls.
Miroslav Volf observes that in Western society “our satisfied self is our best hope“. Yet anyone who swallows the BBC’s line of reasoning is likely to have their hopes dashed far more than I did when James Alexander Gordon’s inflection went down.
Of course the main problem is that anyone trying to keep up will always be chasing woke. What did that presenter say? “There are over a hundred, if not more.” I mean, how many more? Another 100? 200? 1000? Who is to say? Who is the authority on this? The BBC obviously. It’s a constant search for the unsearchable. A fruitless quest that will only spiral in on itself.
Perhaps there are eight billion genders and each of us is simply an atomised, lonely individual, floating ever further from other people, cut off from the possibility of ever knowing what is solid and where to stand on anything. That’s the way it’s going at least.
And of course, that’s the picture of hell that CS Lewis paints in The Great Divorce: a town in which the inhabitants move further and further away from each other, doomed to the splendid isolation of their own interiority for eternity.
Lewis, that prophet whose work is even now coming into its own, broadcast an introduction to The Great Divorce on that self-same (but completely different) BCC back in 1948. I wonder if he could even imagine that that very institution who allowed such searing wisdom to flow over the airwaves, would reduce itself to such pitiful foolishness some seven decades later?
Or perhaps, more fitting of the BBC production team behind this nonsense, is what Lewis says it in another of his great works, The Abolition of Man:
Human nature will be the last part of Nature to surrender to Man. The battle will then be won. We shall have taken the thread of life out of the hand of Clotho’* and be henceforth free to make our species whatever we wish it to be. The battle will indeed be won. But who, precisely, will have won it?
Can’t you just hear the BBC World Service’s James Alexander Gordon’s syrupy downward inflection?: Humans One…Nature Nil. A pyrrhic victory indeed.
* Clotho is a Greek mythical figure responsible for spinning the thread of human life.