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Ok, this is nuts. I was listening to my local NPR station this morning. (Yeah, I know.) It did a story on the Winchester Mystery House–the big creepy old house built by the widow of the heir to the famous rifle company. The reporter mentioned the theory that Sarah Winchester’s building obsessions were rooted in her deep personal losses early in life, most particularly, the loss of her only child. But in describing the death of that child, the reporter said, “they died in infancy.” My brain froze for a second. “They” died? Hadn’t the reporter just said “only” child?” Did she say “twins,” and I missed it? Then the fog lifted, this is trans-ideology creeping in.
Well, I had to look it up. Sarah Winchester’s only child, the one who died at six weeks, was a girl, Annie Pardee Winchester, named after her deceased aunt.
So what’s the deal? Why not write it up as, “Annie Winchester lived only a few weeks,” or “Sarah’s only child, Annie, died at six weeks old,” or “Sarah’s only child, a daughter, died only weeks after her birth.” Why in the world go out of your editorial way to refer to Annie Pardee Winchester as “they” when every source you have says Annie Pardee Winchester was a baby girl? Who the h*ll retcons babies? Any guesses?
My guess is that the editors at my local NPR station are so neck-deep in trans-ideology, they believe there is really no way for anyone to tell what “gender” a six-week old baby is–even though every single one of their sources says Annie Pardee Winchester was a baby girl.
This is madness.Published in