Samuel Case, FISM News
While the primary definition of the words remains the same – a technical definition of reproductive capabilities – the secondary definition now reads “having a gender identity that is the opposite of male” for “female” and vice versa for “male.”
The secondary definition links out to the definition of “gender identity,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “a person’s internal sense of being male, female, some combination of male and female, or neither male nor female.”
Matt Walsh, conservative commentator and star of the documentary “What Is a Woman,” a film critiquing modern gender ideology, tweeted about the definition change:
It was bound to happen. Merriam-Webster has changed its dictionary definition of "female" to appease the trans activists. pic.twitter.com/qWnslvPjSd
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 19, 2022
“Never mind that the trans activists have always insisted that sex and ‘gender identity’ are two different things. If they can rewrite the dictionary then they can certainly redefine their own made-up jargon as they please,” Walsh remarked in a second post.
While unclear when Merriam-Webster updated its definitions, the updates were widely observed last week when the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it was updating its “gender mainstreaming manual” to reflect its belief that gender is “beyond non-binary” and that it exists on a continuum, which FISM News noted, goes against the historical understanding of biological sex.
The WHO says the updated manual will go “beyond binary approaches to gender and health to recognize gender and sexual diversity, or the concepts that gender identity exists on a continuum and that sex is not limited to male or female.”