Andrew Sullivan has gotten himself in trouble lately by arguing such things as there actually being a gender binary. He’s got a problem with critical queer theory and some of the children’s literature inspired by it: “Before long, as you peruse the material, you see a consistent message being sent to children: that being a boy or a girl has nothing to do with your body; and that you can ‘become’ either, both or ‘something else entirely.’”
We’ve seen how the debate over teaching gender identity in kindergarten classes has gone (you’re either for it or you’re for more suicides by trans kids and mass shootings at gay nightclubs). But what about fifth grade? Here’s a video a New Jersey school district is considering for fifth graders. Having feelings that you were born into the wrong body is totally normal, and if you tell mom and dad (or a teacher or counselor) about it, they can get you on puberty blockers, which you can stop at any time and have no adverse side effects. Look at the cute cartoon!
As we reported, President Biden marked Transgender Day of Awareness by posting a video assuring you he’s got your back, and the White House released a chart of crucial gender-affirming care for people of any age, from a hairstyle for your kindergartener to (government-funded) gender transition surgery for adolescents.
Watch as a girl struggles to name her pet fish, not knowing what gender it is:
This is one of the vids a NJ school district is considering for 5th grade sex ed. Pubescent girl is depicted who doesn’t like her breasts. She cuts off her long hair, then has a flat chest (binder?). Next an upbeat promo for puberty blockers is presented.https://t.co/KvkvOz47Wk
— 4thWaveNow (@4th_WaveNow) April 14, 2022
Do you think this should be taught to fifth graders? https://t.co/U7oLlpQe3M
— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) April 14, 2022
— Blame Big Government (@BlameBigGovt) April 14, 2022
No. Absolutely not. Feeling uncomfortable with the changes we go through during puberty is just a part of it. You learn to deal with it just like anything else. Change is hard, but this isn’t what you do about it.
— Mel (@thatsfunnymel) April 14, 2022
I have a 6th grade girl in NJ schools. She hasn’t had a lesson like this (yet). But its all ambient and I tell her, “your body is already going through one transition. It doesn’t require two.” Such a fraught age and things like this only add to the anxiety.
— the sale starts tomorrow (@GiucoPian) April 14, 2022
“Managing puberty” with rx hormones is fun and harmless, says the voice behind the curtain, nothing can go wrong 😑 trust us 🤡😬.
— Cederic MacDoon (@CMacdoon) April 14, 2022
No not appropriate this is LIFE ALTERING care being promoted w grave long term consequences; this discussion needs to be approached carefully by parents and health professionals; generic sex education class is the wrong venue.
— Deborah Hammond (@ladydatadoc) April 14, 2022
It seems someone claiming puberty blockers have no long term consequences could expect multiple lawsuits in the future…unless some politicians gave them immunity🤔
— CyKershaw (@CyKershaw) April 14, 2022
This was shown at my daughters school. The video also says puberty blockers are safe. Maddening. Totally inappropriate.
— M Stevenson (@MStev2528) April 14, 2022
It started out OK, but it’s just so damn cheery about puberty blockers and makes them seem like the next natural step after cutting your hair. Haven’t doctors been burned enough by prescribing opioids? What could go wrong?
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy seems to soften his stance on gender identity curriculum for second graders https://t.co/DreaypOLMY
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 14, 2022