Definitions are exclusionary

Oh honestly.

The BBC woman to the right of Rosie Duffield asks her: “Do you understand why transgender people and groups of people who have been excluded from that definition have become upset about it?”

For god’s sake! The whole point of definitions is to exclude almost everything! You can’t make definitions “inclusive” without destroying them as definitions. Let’s define definitions as being inclusive of all the meanings, possible and impossible – that will be useful!

Definitions need to be exact and narrow and accurate, in order to do their job. If you start InClooding extras, then what you get is a worthless definition. Women are by definition adult human females, and if you’re adding words like “infant” or “tiger” or “male” to that definition you will be talking useless gibberish.

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