Pronoun Lockdown: Almost Half of Millennials Want Jail Time for “Misgendering”

A recent survey by Redfield & Wilton Strategies for Newsweek, found that 44 percent  of millennials (between ages 25-34) favor criminal charges for people who use the wrong pronouns for others or so-called “misgendering.”  We have previously discussed how misgendering is now a crime in countries like Great Britain. Misgendering has been referred to as an “act of violence” at some U.S. universities.

There has been a concern that we are seeing the rise of a generation of censors, who have been taught since a young age that speech is harmful and even violent.

Yet, hate speech is protected in the United States. Given that fact, it is astonishing to claim that a pronoun violation could lead to incarceration. Only 31 percent of the millennials disagreed with the proposition.

They are not alone.

Recently, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who is a lawyer, said that “if you espouse hate … you’re not protected under the First Amendment.” Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean declared the identical position: “Hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment.”

Even some dictionaries now espouse this false premise, defining “hate speech” as “Speech not protected by the First Amendment, because it is intended to foster hatred against individuals or groups based on race, religion, gender, sexual preference, place of national origin, or other improper classification.”

If hate speech is constitutionally protected, pronoun use or misuse is also protected as a criminal matter. (There is ongoing litigation of the protection in an employment setting for civil liability or disciplinary action). Yet, the most serious concern is the inclination of this generation to use criminal laws to police such questions.  It reflects the erosion of free speech principles with younger generations.  That crisis of faith could prove disastrous with free speech in a virtual free fall in Europe.


247 thoughts on “Pronoun Lockdown: Almost Half of Millennials Want Jail Time for “Misgendering””

  1. To all those who think this is a good idea…Want in one hand and defecate in the other and tell us which hand filled up first okay?

  2. 100% of sane people want Progressives imprisoned for conspiracy to violate our rights.

    1. Johnathan Galt,
      I respectfully disagree. Imprisoned, we would still have to feed, cloth, shelter them.
      Let the national divorce continue in earnest.
      They go to where they go.
      They have their schools.
      They have their economy.
      They have their society.

      We sane people will have ours.
      May the two never meet.

    2. If they are not inside of government, or they are not doing so through violence. They are not guilty of any crime.

      We should NOT make the same fundamental errors and the left and start trying to prosecute thought crime.

      Those private citizens on the left doing as you claim are bad people. But they have not committed a crime and we do not jail people for being bad -= but for DOING bad.

  3. A guy named Orwell wrote some tomes about this as a warning.

    These psychotic leftist politicians are either completely unaware or completely evil.

  4. 1A
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    The 1st says “or abridging the freedom of speech”
    There isn’t any stipulations or limits to our free speech contained in the 1st amendment. Nor does the 1st amendment allow for any Judge or court to interpret the 1st with any stipulations or limits.

    The Millennials suffer from Ignorance of our Constitution. An ignorance that could be fixed by simply reading the constitution.

    1. Thats assuming most of these under-educated Millennial noodle-heads can READ at an 8th grade level!

    2. Ignorance of the constitution should be a crime. Not teaching it in school should be a felony. Like Rush said, “Minds full of mush”

  5. Mr. Turley, you begged the issue right off the bat in your first sentence when you described pronouns not in line with those preferred by transsexuals as “wrong.”

    1. “Mr. Turley, you begged the issue right off the bat . . .”

      No he didn’t.

      In fact, he issued two disclaimers: “so-called” and scare quotes around “misgendering.”

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