Aug 2018 - Nothing's Binary Part 3: Piers Morgan - The Elephant In The Room

from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon by Kimwei



TRANSCRIPTION: Piers Morgan – The Elephant In The Room

Earlier this year, Piers Morgan notoriously became angry whilst interviewing a non-binary couple on This Morning. His question, whether he could identify as an elephant, exploded across twitter and social media.

For me, the elephant in the room behind his elephant comment was “Why was Piers Morgan so angry?” Was there something about the idea of non-binary gender identity that he felt threatened by?

I identify as non-binary, and when I tell people this, they often have no point of reference. Their usual frames and categories, which tell them what to expect from someone male or female, are of no use. They have to take off their gender tinted glasses.

Perhaps this starts them asking the question of what they assume about themselves because of their own gender. Perhaps this is frightening, or perhaps it is freeing.

So, what if everyone identified as gender fluid or non-binary, or even as an elephant? We could make no assumptions. What if we took off our gender-tinted glasses, broke the frames, and saw people as they truly are?


from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon, released January 30, 2017


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