Gender Neutral uniforms is a mistake in labelling

Barry Soper writes

At first glance it was hard not to gain the impression that the world’s going mad, or at the very least political correctness is up the wazoo.

We’re told they’re going to take the gender out of the equation when it comes to our kids at school – which left the impression they’ll be graduating not knowing whether they’re Arthur or Martha.

Calming down after the initial reaction, when it comes to school uniforms, the Post Primary Teachers’ Association has got a very good point: they want gender neutral uniforms.

Do they really?   

It seems it’s more about girls not wanting to wear skirts so they can kick a ball around the paddock with the best of them.

Exactly.  This is just about having more practical choices.  Not about having everyone dressed exactly the same.   But I fear the “gender neutral” uniforms moniker will stick.

But the uniforms are the Trojan Horse.  The real battle for the acceptance of people who don’t feel happy with their own bodies is going on by using bathrooms.   If you think about it, there isn’t much sense to this.

It’s when the argument gets to unisex toilets that it gets more complicated and absurd with one young woman, who successfully fought the uniform battle in Wellington, just showing how silly it can get. She said by having two toilets, going into one or the other is a political statement, which is of course nonsense.

The toilet issue has divided nations around the world. In the United States, Donald Trump, the man who is so sensitive about the women’s rights, asked a judge to overturn an Obama initiative ensuring the rights of transgender individuals to use a toilet that aligns with their gender identity.

If education institutions didn’t comply they ran the risk of losing their federal funding.

The debate still rages but for once I find it difficult to argue with Trump.

Kids at school, particularly in their teenage years, have enough trouble coming to grips with the hormones racing through their bodies without being confused, or worried, about which toilet they can use in private.

The “gay lobby” has pretty much achieved everything they set out to do, with the exception of gay adoption.   So instead of sitting back and saying “we got there”, the same organisations are now driving the world to cater for people that have gender identity issues by providing appropriate ablution facilities.  And they’ve started this at schools.  Not workplaces.  Not public buildings.

Can someone please just tell them to efff off so that we can get on with real problems, like ISIS wanting to throw them off buildings?

The strategy to introduce the thinking to pre-teens and teens as to whether their identity, body and toilets all match at a stage of development when they are already bombarded with self development issues is so insidious it is close to evil.


– Barry Soper, Newstalk ZB


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