Catallaxy Exclusive – Breaking News

A precedent setting complained has been lodged with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Tran-sexual Billi Betti Bueller has lodge a complaint alleging systematic gender discrimination by the electricity and electronics industry. Mx Bueller said:

“The standard description of electricity connectors as either ‘male’ or ‘female’ represents a heteronormative patrimony. As a transsexual, I should not be forced by industry to choose between a binary connector that does not represent me.

“It is also utterly sexist that the so called female recovers are trapped at the home whereas the male connectors can come and go as they please.”

As spokesperson for the Human Rights Commission indicated that the Commission is reviewing the complaint and will be seeking discussions with the electronics industry.

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49 Responses to Catallaxy Exclusive – Breaking News

  1. The Fifth Bike Rider of the Apocalypse

    I suppose it would be too much to expect the Human Rights Commission to tell Billi to fuck off?

  2. RobK

    1st April comes early this year.

  3. RobK

    It could settle for a co-ax connection.

  4. Pedro the Ignorant

    Just as well Timmah Sothpossuminsane is in the pavilion.

    He would be taking it all very seriously and demanding the electronics industry (run by by old male skips, naturally) change the descriptors or else.

    The Trigglypuff would then fine everyone from manufacturers to the corner hardware shop $500,000,000.

    It’s the vibe.

  5. Malcolm

    I’ve tried two male connectors and two female connectors and they don’t work. You can turn a male connector into a female connector (and vice versa) with an adapter – are they transgender plugs then?

    As for the concerns about the female recovers being stuck at home, perhaps Billi can have all of the outlets in her / his / its home as male and then use female ended plugs on appliances. It would work, but may be a little dangerous.

    Anyhow, the latest charging for smart phones is plugless

    Case dismissed with costs

  6. stackja

    I have heard the terms pins and sockets used so as not upset some sensibilities.

  7. stackja

    Light globes come in bayonet and screw.

  8. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    In this day and age you can’t tell if this an Onion piece or is real.

  9. vagabond

    We’ll all have to add GR to the LGBTQI nonsense

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GR_connector

  10. Bruce

    See also plumbing jargon.

    There ARE “hermaphrodite” electronic connectors, sometimes found on audio multicores, but “boy and girl”conectors are generally the go. There are permutations; the Swiss designed “Speakon”connectors have recessed contacts inside a hollow insulator tube; probably too bewildering for the delicate types. However, because they don’t do separate boy and girl line connectors, you need a “sex changer”” / “gender bender” to join two of them together. See also BNC and TNC RF cables / connectors until recently.

  11. MarcW

    Oh dear, my gender-bender adapter is going to see me in jail!

    Ms/Mr/It Bueller is going to be comatosed after being confronted with a doughnut and a carrot in the supermarket.

  12. Tel

    The iPhone uses more of a tongue in slot type connector.

  13. RobK

    Minsup do industrial hose fittings of the claw type; often termed “moffy” fittings, after “hermaphrodite”.

  14. 1735099

    Fix your header.

    Precedent setting complained (sic)

    Or get an editor.
    Sloppy…..

  15. One day I expect that everything in the natural world will have to be changed. How long before we need to change the definition of male and female animals and insects?

  16. RobK

    Hazmat call; Pedant flailing in isle 5.

  17. NuThink

    From Anderson Power Products.
    http://www.farnell.com/datasheets/2065177.pdf?_ga=2.157038267.1217220470.1550342782-611763637.1529974021&_gac=1.242010550.1550225457.EAIaIQobChMIhr2Y4b-94AIVwamWCh3O2A_4EAQYAyABEgIDW_D_BwE

    Powerpole PP45 connectors are physically and electrically hermaphroditic, thus avoiding the need to worry about which end is the plug and which the socket, or which end has the correct polarity. This is in contrast to the physically- but not electrically-hermaphroditic two-wire trailer plug.

    The housings are modular and genderless.
    Powerpole® connectors provide 600 Volts
    continuous, AC or DC operation. Wire sizes
    range from #10 to #14 AWG (5.3 to 2.1 mm²).
    Contacts are available in reeled and loose
    piece designs to support all production needs
    from engineering prototype , low volume and
    high volumes products

    Luckily they come in many different colours else there will be others pursuing diversity colour bias.
    In the BROWN-BLUE- GREEN/YELLOW colour coding the BROWN is the Active, Blue is Neutral, and Green/Yellow is really down to earth.
    There are as with many standards various standards exist for colour coding wires.

    So there is something for everyone.

    At one place I worked at a data entry clerk asked why the plug and sockets were described as male and female, so it was left up to the boss to take a plug and socket and show them to her. She did then work it out herself.

  18. Fix your header.

    Sure. You pay a subscription, I pay a sub-editor.

  19. NuThink

    Forgot to add that there is son in Anderson.
    Will they have to change their name?

  20. John L

    Bill, get a nail, or another suitable metal and stick it into the male connector. You will never be offended by any “male” anything. Guaranteed!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Bh

    Partly off-topic, but that Perth Catholic school that had a year 1 boy turn up dressed as a girl – how traumatised is that boy going to feel as he realises that he is still ‘different’ to real girls? I’m guessing much more traumatised than he’d be if he continued dressing as a boy. I can foresee many future lawsuits against schools on this kind of stuff.

  22. Pete of Perth

    My workplace now has the option of undisclosed gender for our personnel page. DonateBlood.com.au hasn’t yet bowed to the crazies and still only has M or F.

  23. Beertruk

    Does that mean that ‘Tran-sexual Billi Betti Bueller’ is a/the ‘double adapter?’

  24. Aynsley Kellow

    Readers will recall that Whitlam was very exercised over the incompatibility of firehose couplings after a fire of the wharf at Townsville revealed various agencies could not cooperate. I believe such problems as South Australian males being unable to couple with Victorian females has now, indeed, been solved.

  25. Dr Fred Lenin

    The communist HRC is investigating the French ,Italian , Spanish and Portugese languages for gender offences ,to wit , most words are either male or female,for example ,French , la porte the door le chaise the chair ,total discrimination , no allowance for the other 54 genders . The HRC will spend millions of taxpayers money pursuing this ,it is expected the Romance language speakerswill tell them to “go boil your head stupid !”

  26. Robber Baron

    Rename Male to Connector 1.
    Rename Female to Connector 2.

    Problem solved.

  27. Iva Right

    It could really happen you know!

  28. In backstage electrical work we had an idiomatic name for piggyback plugs – the plug on an extension lead that can have another plug plugged into it – poofter plugs. No-one was offended.

  29. Nob

    Robber Baron
    #2937765, posted on February 18, 2019 at 9:24 pm
    Rename Male to Connector 1.
    Rename Female to Connector 2.

    Problem solved.

    Problem raised: the sin of patriarchal precedence.

  30. NuThink

    stackja
    #2937585, posted on February 18, 2019 at 7:04 pm
    Light globes come in bayonet and screw.

    They will be onto the screw type quick smart when they realize that the sizing such a E27 is the Edison screw size 27mm. Another problem for the SJWs to fight with son in the name. When they have fought that battle they can start on the bayonet which represents killing and maiming in close up fighting in war. I was going to say man to man fighting but thought of the consequences.

  31. Mater

    Readers will recall that Whitlam was very exercised over the incompatibility of firehose couplings after a fire of the wharf at Townsville revealed various agencies could not cooperate. I believe such problems as South Australian males being unable to couple with Victorian females has now, indeed, been solved.

    Forget about interstate incompatibility. Within Victoria itself, the MFB and CFA use different threads on their hoses. Totally incompatible.

  32. Aynsley Kellow

    Good Lord, Mater! Multi-organisational sub-optimisation persists!

  33. BoyfromTottenham

    So this is where the LGBTxyz nonsense has got us – a tiny minority demanding to pervert our language and disrupt whole industries because of some perception of ‘inequality’. This has to stop now. People of common sense must simply say ‘get real – your feelings are not that important’. Even better, the government should shut down the AHRC for being a magnet for ratbags and narcissists to waste time and money on pointless nonsense. Maybe Morrison should make it an election issue ‘we are shutting down the AHRC because it is a tool for a tiny loony minority’s to wield power over those rest of us with common sense’.

  34. Mundi

    This is not a joke…. It’s already happening.
    I work in electronics industry and have had boss tell us to change all mentions of male to plug and female to socket.

    I suggested we call them “pities” and “innies” but it didn’t fly.

    There are also parts literally called “gender changers” and “gender converters”.
    Can’t wait to see heads explode when they realise they exist.

  35. John Michelmore

    B frm T, Plus 100. Surely Billi Betti has more important things to do, or is it about something else.
    We have lost the plot.
    Most of us have no problem with this terminology; fiddling with male and female electrical connectors is shocking!

  36. John A

    Given that gender is fluid, I have a new question:

    What will happen to the file at HRC when Billi Betti reverts to an earlier chosen gender or selects a different gender?

    Or is Billi Betti saying that fluidity is a fluid concept and gender can become fixed at some stage?

    Enquiring minds seek knowledge…

  37. 1735099

    Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman is accused of pressuring departmental staff to issue medical reports favourable to her case.

    Litzman is a good mate of Bibi’s.
    That’s the way the current Israeli establishment rolls….

  38. old bloke

    The IBM Type 1 connector, used on Token Ring local area networks, was truly genderless.

  39. Rob MW

    Tran-sexual Billi Betti Bueller has lodge a complaint alleging systematic gender discrimination by the electricity and electronics industry. Mx Bueller said:

    Nothing to see here, it’s just AC/DC renamed: Billi Betti Bueller & the Lemons.

    Classic AC/DC – High Voltage

  40. Kneel

    “As a transsexual, I should not be forced by industry to choose between a binary connector that does not represent me.”

    It’s NOT a gender that these connectors have – it is a sex.
    As the left is wont to say, there are 253.7 genders.
    But only two sexes.

  41. struth

    I don’t think billy should be playing with electrical sockets.

  42. BoyfromTottenham

    Mundi, I have a suggestion – call the ‘male’ connector ‘XY’ and the ‘female’ ‘XX’. Just a convenient, easy to remember code – nothing to do with human sex, gender, chromosones, etc. of course. e.g. ‘Connector, 2 pin XY,….’.
    PS The global electrical and electronics industries are huge, and are not going to change their connector products on a whim. But they could easily change the words describing their products from ‘male’ to ‘XY’, if they were being sued by loonies like this. There, solved with a wee bit of common sense. Unfortunately I don’t see much common sense coming out of the AHRC…

  43. struth

    I’ll go the opposite.
    I’ll be saying, can you hand me the tri cock end of the extension chord, I want to shove it into the vagina plug.

  44. Dr Faustus

    I suppose it would be too much to expect the Human Rights Commission to tell Billi to fuck off?

    The HRC faces a simple and straightforward Acid Test.
    Behave as though Billi has any credibility – and lose any the HRC may have had left.

    As spokesperson for the Human Rights Commission indicated that the Commission is reviewing the complaint and will be seeking discussions with the electronics industry.

    Oh dear, what a pity, never mind.

  45. Cynic of Ayr

    Dr Faustus.
    Correcton.
    “Oh dear. How sad. Never mind.”
    He was a funny man. Died recently.

  46. Dr Faustus

    He was a funny man. Died recently.

    He was.
    I will make an effort to remember him more accurately.

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