George Orwell famously wrote:
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
That is the first thing that came to mind when I saw this headline:
Joan of Arc will be portrayed as a non-binary character in a new production at Shakespeare’s Globe.
The French heroine, known for fearlessly leading the French in battles against English soldiers in the Hundred Years War, will be played by non-binary actor Isobel Thom in I, Joan.
I prefer the Daily Mail’s take on the story:
A new production of I, Joan is billed as ‘powerful and joyous’ and ‘questioning the gender binary’.
But while it is yet to open at the world-famous venue on August 25, pre-publicity uses the pronouns ‘they’ and ‘them’ when referring to the French historical figure.
A separate post on the history on the warrior-saint even does the same thing, declaring ‘whoever Joan truly was, perhaps the most accurate descriptor for them is simply “icon”.’
This afternoon the theatre defended itself and confirmed the titular figure ‘Uses the pronouns ‘they/them’ in the show – and insisted Shakespeare would have approved.
There is a purpose to this.
It is always Year Zero for the radical Left.
For the vast majority of society, there are and there have always been men and women.
We’ve always known that there is a tiny fraction that doesn’t conform to this norm, and they were generally on the fringes of society.
Even when the Left finds other gender nonconforming identites in the non-Westerm world, such as “two-spirit,” they were fringe groups. The much celebrated hijra of India are estimated to be at most 10 Million out of a population of 1.4 Billion.
It is the goal of the Left to normalize this abnormality.
So what they do is rewrite history, finding every tiny morsel of nonconformity to identify declaring that person to be one of them.
Making Joan of Arc transgender or gender nonconforming accomplishes that.
Another example is the famous Viking warrior of Birka. A Viking grave was discovered full of weapons and artifacts indicating the grave belonged to a great warrior. The skeleton in the grave turned out to be female.
Throughout history there have been famous female warriors. We have no idea why this woman was buried with warrior honors.
But that didn’t stop ideological hacks masquerading as historians from declaring her “transgender, non-binary, or gender fluid.”
We’ve seen this before.
A decade or two ago, the trend was to make famous men of history gay or bisexual, such as Abraham Lincoln, William Shakespeare, and Leonardo DaVinci.
Their evidence is dubious at best, and usually falls along the lines of “he had a close friendship with another man and they lived together for a while.” Ignoring that social customs were very different centuries ago.
But being gay is passe, so now it’s making historical figures trans.
And they are not going to stop.
An academic writing for the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre has argued Queen Elizabeth I may have been non-binary in an essay.
In an essay on the Globe’s website, trans-awareness trainer Dr Kit Heyam referred to the Virgin Queen with ‘they/them’ pronouns, saying: ‘Elizabeth I… described themself regularly in speeches as “king”, “queen” and “prince”.’
Leeds-based Dr Heyam, whose pronouns are they/them or he/him, compared Queen Elizabeth I to 10th-century English ruler Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, who ruled Mercia (what is now approximately the West Midlands) after the death of her husband.
Dr Heyam said Æthelflæd was ‘later described as “conducting…Armies, as if she had changed her sex”: to take on a male-coded military role was, in some sense, for Æthelflæd to become male.’
The writer and academic Elizabeth I chose to ‘strategically to emphasise their female identity or their male monarchical role at different points’.
Because this guy is totally objective:
This isn’t academic or historical research.
This is biased ideologues rewriting history to push an agenda today.
They are all Winston Smith, updating facts so that the LGBT party is always normal.