CNN is a serious news organization, you guys. No, really. They’ve got some real crack journalists digging up cutting edge stories.
Like this woke story about Penguins. Or is it a story about ‘woke’ Penguins?
It was evidently of great importance that CNN make us all aware of the #BraveAndStrong Penguins in a London Aquarium. Yes, dear readers, they went all the way to the UK for this one.
A same-sex penguin couple will raise an adopted “genderless” chick for the first time, a London aquarium announced Tuesday.
The four-month-old Gentoo penguin chick will not be named or characterized as male or female, Sea Life London said.
The chick is being raised by two female penguins Rocky and Marama, who were given the egg to relieve the penguin’s birth mother of the pressure of raising two chicks.
It will be “the world’s first penguin to not have its gender assigned,” Sea Life London said.
Uh — they seem to be missing the point, here, aren’t they?
Let’s say that you put a group of people together that completely agrees with all of the latest and ‘wokest’ concepts of gender-fluidity.
Even in such a group, isn’t there one basic requirement for that kind of thinking that would be missing for penguins?
Wouldn’t something as complex as ‘gender expression’ (to borrow their language) require some kind of self-awareness on the part of the being whose gender is being ‘expressed’?
Why are we projecting human morality onto the animal world? After all, some animals eat their own young, that doesn’t mean there’s some moral equivalency in which we should consider doing the same, does it?
Isn’t the whole point that animals are quantifiably different than people?
So why bother using all this careful language avoiding gender-binary language? What’s the REAL reason for this exercise that somehow managed to rate as a story that fit one of the narratives that CNN was looking to tell.
“While the decision may ruffle a few feathers, gender neutrality in humans has only recently become a widespread topic of conversation, however, it is completely natural for penguins to develop genderless identities as they grow into mature adults,” said General Manager Graham McGrath.
“What makes us really proud at the aquarium is the success of Sea Life London’s Gentoo breeding program and the amazing job of same-sex penguins Rocky and Marama who took the chick under their wing and raised it as their own,” he added.
Rocky and Marama were given the responsibility of raising a chick after showing themselves to be a “close couple” for the past six breeding seasons and proving that they could create nesting conditions to raise a chick, the aquarium said.
The penguin may later be incorporated into Sea Life London’s breeding program, “depending on the gender its biology determines,” the aquarium added.
Dr Gemma Clucas, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, said that male and female penguins displayed little difference beyond biological characteristics, which required close and “difficult” observation to distinguish.
“The two sexes in penguins behave very similarly to one another,”she told CNN. “They look almost identical to one another. Behaviorally, they act very similarly as well, particularly in terms of reproduction — both males and females invest pretty equally in raising their chicks.”
Well, considering the harsh climate they live in, and what they would have to endure to survive, this isn’t all that surprising, is it?
Why is it a story?
We expect the explanation is pretty simple. Until the belief that biology supports their claims, they will look for ways and reasons they can point to nature to confirm their beliefs and narratives. When the idea fully takes root and becomes normalized in culture, they can abandon the biological component in much the same way we seldom hear the ‘born that way’ argument for homosexuality.
In fact, the ‘born that way’ comes into potential conflict with the CURRENT popularized ideas of gender expression.
Traditional Feminists are already feeling the pinch, and it won’t be long before the connection between the word ‘bi’ in the acronym and the idea of ‘binary gender’ raises new questions that need to be grappled with, and the victim hierarchy deck gets shuffled yet again.