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In an effort to raise awareness of Canada’s many diverse groups, Statistics Canada has developed the Disaggregated Data Action Plan, a series of infographics intended to provide “brief, easy-to-understand information on the concepts and terms related to diversity and inclusion”.

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To mark Gender Equality Week (September 18-24), the Center for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics (CGDIS) has released the first infographic in a series under this heading entitled “Understanding Who We Are: Sex at Birth and Gender of People in Canada”. ”

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We learn that, for the first time, the census carried out in May 2021 was based on new statistical standards for sex at birth and gender of the person. Prior to 2021, “sex” did not include “at birth” and sex did not have its own statistical standard. Additionally, prior to 2021, the gender classification did not distinguish between male, female, and non-binary people, nor did it distinguish between cisgender, transgender, and non-binary people.

Given the extraordinary attention that trans-identified people receive in the media and in school curricula, one could be forgiven for assuming that they number as many as, say, gays and lesbians, estimated by Statistics Canada at one million. Canadians aged 15 and over in 2018, or four percent of the population. The actual numbers, insignificant by comparison, may therefore surprise many Canadians.

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The CGDIS estimates the total number of “transgender” or “non-binary” Canadians at 100,815, or 0.33% of Canadians aged 15 and over. Of this total: 27,905 (27.68%) are transgender men; 31,555 (31.30%) are transgender women; and 41,355 (41.02%) people who identify as neither male nor female (“non-binary people”). According to the CGDIS, 99.66% of the population is “cisgender”, defined as “people whose gender matches their sex assigned at birth”.

The vocabulary and definitions used in official reports must be characterized by clarity and precision. This report bears the imprimatur of Statistics Canada, an agency that is hopefully scrupulously ideologically disinterested. The language of this report should be such that all Canadians leave with a common understanding of what they have read. It is therefore troubling to see language that does not at all encourage understanding, let alone common understanding, as the tropes employed are more concerned with promoting a belief system than providing clarification.

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For example, the word “cisgender”. “Cis” is a made-up modifier that means nothing to the average Canadian. When almost 100% of humanity – for there is no reason to think that Canada’s numbers in this regard are unusual – are mentally conflict-free as to their sex, then we are simply “the norm”, and the standards do not need to be changed.

This seemingly innocuous modifier, cis, is an import from queer theory, which is dedicated to the reversal of “normalcy.” Cis is the code for a belief system in which heterosexual people are presumed to have privilege over trans people. The word “cisterosexuality” is attached to the oppression of transgender and non-binary people. In this way, they are encouraged to understand the concept of gender norm in a pejorative light.

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For another example, the report describes sex as “a person’s reproductive system and other physical characteristics,” which are “assigned at birth.” This trope is also a marker of radical gender theory. Sex is not “assigned” at birth. Sex is “observed” at birth. Gender theorists, who want us to understand both sex and gender as fluids, have coined the phrase “assigned at birth” to encourage understanding of sex and gender as equally fluid. Until a minute ago, all evolutionary biologists agreed that sex is fixed. Now, those who still insist on this fact risk being canceled or voluntarily withdrawing from academia before they get to that point.

Gender is defined here as “an individual’s personal and social identity as a man, woman or non-binary person”. Makes sense. But the CGDIS then goes on to define “non-binary” people in a way that doesn’t make sense. In the chart, they are described as those “who are not exclusively male or female”. (In their written description, they are “persons whose sex is not exclusively male or female (sic).”)

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Again, it is sloppy thinking and flippant conflation of sex and gender that characterizes gender theory, but should not characterize objective data collection. We cannot “be” either male or female, as the verb “to be” asserts, because we are ineluctably attached to our gendered bodies. One can only “feel” neither (stereotypically) masculine nor feminine, a distinction with a huge difference that CGDIS deliberately avoids. Disagree if you will, but again: this shouldn’t be a controversial belief.

It is deeply concerning that Statistics Canada gives authority to the assertive rather than factual vocabulary of this infographic.

Statistics Canada is not alone, of course. Virtually all of our elite institutions have been similarly captured by radical gender theory. Complicity in the corridors of power has led to their entrenchment in human rights codes. Hence policies that marginalize women’s rights to safety, equity and dignity in their safe sexual spaces on the grounds that “feelings” have the power to challenge biological reality. And finally to the erasure of sex as a viable human category.

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