Leftists, progressives, and wokeoids of all stripes love to control language.
Let George Orwell tell you why this is so. From his novel 1984:
“If you control the language, you control the argument
If you control the argument, you control information
If you control information, you control history
If you control history, you control the past
He who controls the past controls the future.”
Lately, their most concerted efforts have involved sex and gender issues, one of their chief obsessions.
Well, bite your tongue, Mildred. Get ready for the next wave of lingual repression: Yeah. From now on, you’d better not call any animal in your household a “pet.” From now on they’re to be called “companions.”
Yeah. This war on words and facts is for real, and very scary.
Next thing you know, they’ll be coming after your companion’s costumes…and your own as well, unless you believe that you are trans-species or are in a relationship with a trans-species being.
Ay! Here’s the latest battle in the War on Words, as reported in the one and only Daily Mail:
Cats and dogs seem perfectly happy to be fed, watered and cuddled by doting owners.
But whatever you do, don’t call them pets, says the head of an animal rights organisation.
Ingrid Newkirk, the president of PETA, said this is derogatory and suggests they are merely a ‘commodity’ or ‘decoration’…
…Yesterday, the animal rights activist, 70, from Surrey, England, compared calling animals pets to the treatment of women before feminism, when they were not allowed to own property or were patronisingly called ‘sweetie’ or ‘honey’ to make them seem ‘less of a person’.
Miss Newkirk said: ‘Animals are not pets – they are not your cheap burglar alarm, or something which allows you to go out for a walk. They are not ours as decorations or toys, they are living beings.
‘A dog is a feeling, whole individual, with emotions and interests, not something you ‘have’.’