On a recent walk through downtown Toronto – Canada’s hub for multicultural values and tolerance – I encountered an interesting sign. Outside an “anarchist collective” known as Bike Pirates, a chalkboard was adorned with the words “Sunday: We are Open for CisWomen and Trans Folks.”
Not being privy to the hip lexicon of today’s sexual warriors, I had to look up what “cis” meant on my phone. It turns out, people who think of themselves as boy or girl based on biology and anatomy – you know, science and common sense – are from here on out to be referred to as “cis.” And here I thought “man” or “woman” were adequate enough to convey that meaning. I guess my capitalist logic got in the way of that one.
Besides the mind-numbing neologism employed, the sign is interesting for another reason: it represents the complete cognitive dissonance within progressives. It’s doubtful a conservative or libertarian business uses such language on its advertisements. We tend to be brief with words because time is money. Parsing out what phrases offend and which are fine doesn’t cross our mind because we understand that being offended is not an injustice but fact of life. Also, it’s because we know businesses thrive that don’t explicitly discriminate against consumers.
And that’s exactly what the sign in question is doing: discrimination. It points out two sects of people that are allowed to be served on Sunday. It doesn’t say that straight while males are prohibited from the premises. But the language employed goes out of the way to name two distinct groups of people while seemingly offering preferential treatment.
For proponents of private property, this is not a problem. As a business owner, you should have the right to discriminate all you would like. It’s your property after all. But just imagine if the sign said “We are Open for Whites on Saturday” or “Christians served on Fridays.” The liberal outrage would be deafening. There would be marches in the streets, screaming talking heads on television, lawsuits, and a grand court case to decide the very future of humanity based on one bigoted store owner.
The outrage would make no sense, but then again, there is little sense to make of the progressive worldview. They see discrimination as negative when it affects minorities but as a plus when it boosts the victim status of certain groups. If discrimination is bad, then it should be bad overall. But don’t try explaining that to a self-righteous leftist. He or she may ban you from their place of business.