Lotta news and op/ed this week about a self-described “gender diversity training” program funded by a grant from the California Teachers Association and administered to elementary school students in Oakland. The teachers and administrators thought they were funding/supporting a program that teaches kids to be “Free To Be You and Me”, the idea that sex roles are culturally created fiction and that kids should be free to act and dress however they want without being teased or having sex-based stereotypes forced upon them. “All state schools are required to have a specific plan to address safety and other issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.”
But that’s not what they got. What they got was a program from “GenderSpectrum” a non-profit created by transsexuals for the sole purpose of teaching kids the transsexual philosophy: that sex roles are innate, and if the role doesn’t fit it must be the sex that is wrong. Gender Spectrum was founded by Kory Martin-Damon and Stephanie Brill, the “working partner” of Aiden Key who runs Seattle’s “Gender Odyssey” which presents conferences promoting genderism and runs a day camp for children deemed transgender. Gender Spectrum’s mission is to spread genderism (the belief that sex roles are innate) to children and the parents of kids who are not compliant with typical sex roles. They are one of several organizations which seek to “correct” children who don’t perform gender correctly by defining them as “transgender” -that is to say having a birth defect of biological sex. This philosophy states that kids that don’t comply with sex-roles must have a malalignment, and that (since they purport that sex-roles are innately tied to sex) the sex of the child must be incorrect, since the role is incorrect.
1.sex-roles are not culturally created but organic and biological.
2.sex-roles (“gender identities”) are biologically hard-wired and unchangeable.
3.human neurology is plastic except for sex-roles which are fixed.
4. incongruence between sex and sex-role is a life threatening illness.
5. children who fail at their assigned sex role should be medically “corrected” (not by addressing the alleged neurological birth defect but by superficially changing the social appearance of the body to appear as the sexed body the role is assigned to.)
6. children under the age of twelve should be chemically castrated before maturity then sterilized and placed on an irreversible lifetime synthetic hormone regimen to promote congruence between sex-role and the appearance of one’s physical sex.
Far from the “free to be you and me” the educators thought they were getting, GenderSpectrum is actually a genderist group geared entirely towards promoting the genderist philosophy to children. Rather than “sex-roles are sexist and outdated” the kids were shown how some fish can change reproductive sex – and people can too!
“That’s a lot of variation in nature,” Gender Spectrum trainer, Joel Baum, told the students. “Evolution comes up with some pretty funny ways for animals to reproduce.” And that same kind of diversity applies to people too, said Baum, the education director for the San Leandro nonprofit. For example, some boys can act like girls; some girls can have boy body parts; and some biological boys feel like a girl inside their hearts, he said.
Obviously that is completely untrue. Humans don’t have a variety of ways to reproduce. We don’t change like fish. Human reproduction is not altered by the practice of genderism, or by any other means. No matter how much money you throw at your (or your child’s) surgeon. Human sex is immutable by any means. Wanting to wear a dress or be treated the way people of the opposite sex are treated doesn’t mean one is actually the other sex and can change their mode of reproduction. And that’s all sex is. A reproductive category. Unchangable.
Sex roles are NOT hard-wired. They are culturally created stereotypes inflicted on us from infancy and designed to control and oppress those born with the biological capacity for reproduction (females). Sex role objectors DO NOT have a “birth defect”. The very evidence that people prefer an alternate sex-role to the one assigned their sex (or who prefer none at all) disproves the gender-sex connection. But genderists are a faith-based group with very much in common with conservative Christians and Muslims and Jews. Conservative branches of these groups share the gender beliefs of transgenders= that sex roles are biologically innate. Religious fundamentalists insist that people should conform to sex based roles according to sex. Transgenderists like GenderSpectrum insist that children should conform to sex based roles according to sex but that sex doesn’t actually exist, and humans can change their reproductive biology like fish. Both groups assert that sex-roles are innate and not culturally created. The only complaints raised to these elementary school genderist propaganda sessions came from conservatives who while conceding that sex roles are innate, disputed the idea that sex could be changed to adjust to the innate role. Really a minor squabble. God bless the kids when the conservative religious folks get on board with the genderists the way they have in Iran, which perform castrations and sterilizations as a curative for homosexuality. Most gender non-compliant kids if left alone grow up to be gay.
But why take my word for it. Let’s listen to what GenderSpectrum has to say. Keep in mind this organization’s SOLE purpose is children and the parents of sex-role noncompliant children. What think?
From the GenderSpectrum website:
“The Gender Spectrum
Western culture has come to view gender as a binary concept, with two rigidly fixed options: male or female. When a child is born, a quick glance between the legs determines the gender label that the child will carry for life. But even if gender is to be restricted to basic biology, a binary concept still fails to capture the rich variation observed. Rather than just two distinct boxes, biological gender occurs across a continuum of possibilities. This spectrum of anatomical variations by itself should be enough to disregard the simplistic notion of only two genders.
But beyond anatomy, there are multiple domains defining gender. In turn, these domains can be independently characterized across a range of possibilities. Instead of the static, binary model produced through a solely physical understanding of gender, a far more rich texture of biology, gender expression, and gender identity intersect in multidimensional array of possibilities. Quite simply, the gender spectrum represents a more nuanced, and ultimately truly authentic model of human gender.
Biological/Anatomical Sex. The physical structure of one’s reproductive organs that is used to assign sex at birth. Biological sex is determined by chromosomes (XX for females; XY for males); hormones (estrogen/progesterone for females, testosterone for males); and internal and external genitalia (vulva, clitoris, vagina for assigned females, penis and testicles for assigned males). Given the potential variation in all of these, biological sex must be seen as a spectrum or range of possibilities rather than a binary set of two options.
Gender Identity. One’s innermost concept of self as male or female or both or neither—how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One’s gender identity can be the same or different than the sex assigned at birth. Individuals are conscious of this between the ages 18 months and 3 years. Most people develop a gender identity that matches their biological sex. For some, however, their gender identity is different from their biological or assigned sex. Some of these individuals choose to socially, hormonally and/or surgically change their sex to more fully match their gender identity.
Gender Role. This is the set of roles, activities, expectations and behaviors assigned to females and males by society. Our culture recognizes two basic gender roles: Masculine (having the qualities attributed to males) and feminine (having the qualities attributed to females). People who step out of their socially assigned gender roles are sometimes referred to as transgender. Other cultures have three or more gender roles.”