New House Rules Erase Women

“It’s ironic that Nancy Pelosi — the first female Speaker of the House — is erasing women in the name of ‘inclusiveness,’” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., speaking of the new House of Representatives diversity rules.

The rules, which were adopted by a straight party-line vote last Monday, replace “father,” “mother,” “son,” “daughter,” “sister” and “brother,” with “parent,” “child” and “sibling.” “Himself” and “herself” are now “themself.” The phrase “He or she serves” morphs into “such member serves.”

Morse responded:

“I’m not a spouse, parent or sibling. I’m a wife, mother and sister. It’s easy to shrug this off as the Speaker pandering to the radical wing of her party, after barely surviving a challenge to her leadership. It is also easy to ridicule this latest move. But the Sexual Revolutionaries are deadly serious. And they control an immense amount of power, money, and influence.”

Morse observed:

“Mandating the removal of gender-specific words is the latest attempt by the Sexual State to grab power by creating an alternate reality. In the real world in which we live, there are men and women, nothing else.

“The Sexual Revolutionaries claim that all they want to do is to make men who think they’re women, and vice versa, feel better about themselves. In reality, powerful people like Nancy Pelosi are creating an unending stream of offenses, large and small, so they can turn on people whenever they want.”

“Whatever happened to ‘follow the science?’” Morse continued.

“As a matter of scientific fact, a man doesn’t become a woman by saying he ‘identifies’ as a woman, or by altering his body with surgery and drugs. Likewise, changing the rules of the House of Representatives to discard gender-specific terms will have absolutely no effect on human nature.”

“Mrs. Pelosi’s official biography mentions her ‘husband’ and late ‘father.’ As the champion of language inclusion, shouldn’t she change that to ‘spouse’ and ‘parent’?” Morse inquired.

“I warned during the gay marriage debate that cutting marriage free from gender would lead to the end of gendered language and the end of gender itself,” Morse said.

“The goal wasn’t really to improve the lives of the lesbian couple next door. The real end-game was, and is, to create a dream world in which the sex of the body is completely irrelevant to anything in law and society. No more mothers and fathers on birth certificates: only Parent A and Parent B. Now here we are, less than ten years out, with full-on female erasure.”

Last August, the Ruth Institute expressed similar concerns when CNN and the American Cancer Society urged cancer screening for “individuals with a cervix” instead of women.

“This isn’t equality. It’s a fantasy ideology. It’s misogynistic tyranny,” Morse said.

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About the Author:

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D is the founder of the Ruth Institute, a global non-profit organization that defends the family at home and in the public square and equips others to do the same. She is passionate about equipping family advocates with the knowledge and confidence to defend the family at home and in the public square.

Dr. Morse was a campaign spokeswoman for California’s winning Proposition 8 campaign, defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. She has authored or co-authored five books and spoken around the globe on marriage, family and human sexuality. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Polish and Chuukese, the native language of the Micronesian Islands. Her newest books are The Sexual Revolution and Its Victims and 101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person, coauthored with Betsy Kerekes.

She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Rochester and taught economics at Yale and George Mason Universities.

Dr. Morse was named one of the “Catholic Stars of 2013” on a list that included Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.

Dr. Morse and her husband are parents of an adopted child, a birth child, a goddaughter and were foster parents for San Diego County to eight foster children. In 2015, Dr. Morse and her husband relocated to Lake Charles, Louisiana, where the work of the Ruth Institute continues.

For a listing of Dr. Morse's current presentations, please click here. For more information, contact You can listen to many of Dr. Morse’s recent talks on the Ruth Institute podcast page.

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