I've just listened to a current affairs piece on the radio, in which the topic of transgenderism was discussed. Two people were interviewed on the programme; the first of these was said to have "transitioned to female", while the other had "transitioned to male".
I'm a pretty socially liberal sort of chap, as perhaps one or two of you have noticed. I'm all in favour of equality of opportunity and respect for people in minority groups, transgender people included. I strongly disapprove of the sort of prejudice that transgender people experience. I recognise that it is a legitimate condition, not a lifestyle choice. I believe that these people should be allowed to go about their affairs in whatever clothing they desire.
But are we really expected to accept that it's possible to "transition" to a different sex? I genuinely sympathise with people who identify as members of the opposite sex. If you're a man who identifies as a woman, by all means wear a skirt and use the ladies' toilet, if your co-workers don't mind. Or if you're a woman who identifies as a man, feel free to come and use the gents. I don't think I'll find myself standing next to you at the urinals anyway.
But don't expect me to refer to a man or woman suffering from this condition as "she" or "he" respectively just because he or she might prefer it. I'm only too happy to extend support and sympathy. Pretending that terms like man, woman, female, male and so on have an optional definition is sheer politically correct inanity.