The push to recognise fake genders now being aimed at the census

The mentally unstable alphabet people’s crusade to have their fake gender preferences recognised is now moving to force the government to include fake genders in the census.

The campaign is being assisted by Fairfax pushing the agenda in an editorial:

Given the attention now paid to diverse gender identities and ever-growing openness about sexual orientation, it might seem a strange oversight to exclude questions about these subjects from the 2018 census.

The New Zealand census, conducted every five years, has always contained a question about whether the respondent is male or female, but this is as far as it goes. There is no option to identify in non-binary ways and nor does the census ask if New Zealanders are gay, straight, bisexual or other.

To look at the list of questions, you might assume the census is affecting a prudish, Victorian lack of interest. The line might be “no sex please, we’re the census”.

No actually, it is recognising real, factual and actual science…there are only TWO genders. Everything else is a construct from someone’s feeble and twisted mind.

Government statisticians argue this is not the case. Statistics New Zealand says it ran tests on a third gender option but “erroneous” or “deliberately inaccurate” answers made data unreliable. But questions on sexual orientation, ranging from straight to gay to bisexual to lesbian to other, will be in the 2018 General Social Survey that gathers data from 8000 in-person interviews.

I suppose it might be useful to actually know how many fruitcakes there actually are instead of media luvvies making it sound like they are a huge and increasing number of weirdos.

There is a belief that interviewers add context to questions, which makes data more reliable. The downside is that 8000 is a much smaller sample size in which to capture the nuances of sexual orientation and identification.

Concern about erroneous or inaccurate data is valid although we already see confused or inexact answers in areas like religion and ethnicity, which are also considered private or politically contentious. In the 2001 census, 53,715 New Zealanders gave “Jedi” as their religion although only a handful are likely to have wielded a light sabre. If you believed the census, the Jedi faith had more followers in Godzone than Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and the Rātana church.

There has been a parallel disagreement about whether the word Pākeha or the phrase “New Zealand European” best describes white New Zealanders. The ethnicity category has aspects of subjectivity and self-identification that are very similar to questions of gender and sexuality.

Surely there should be no colour questions!!! Personally I find Pakeha offensive, mainly because I was born in Fiji, and secondly because European is more accurate.

The closest the census has come so far to the sexuality question is finding out, in the 2013 census, that 16,660 people lived in same-sex couples. Of that group, women outnumbered men.

LGBTI activists are correct in saying that without census data, there is no way of knowing exactly how numerous their community is or where it is located. Can policy and resourcing decisions be made without a precise sense of social need?

The New Zealand Attitudes and Values Survey, run by the University of Auckland in 2013/14, asked 18,000 respondents for their orientations and learned that among men, 3.5 per cent are gay, 1.5 per cent are bisexual, 0.4 per cent are “bicurious” and fewer than 0.1 per cent called themselves “asexual”. For women, 1.8 per cent are lesbians, 2.1 per cent are bisexual, 0.7 per cent are “bicurious” and 0.4 per cent are “asexual”. That makes around 95 per cent of us strictly heterosexual.

The university allowed respondents to choose their own label rather than respond to a list, as in a census. Would the numbers be similar or different in a full, national survey? We won’t find out in 2018.

The numbers are tiny, plus no one but them actually cares.

 

-Fairfax

 


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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