Saturday, December 02, 2006

Unwitting self-parody at the New York Times 
has reached new heights.

Until recently, many children who did not conform to gender norms in their clothing or behavior and identified intensely with the opposite sex were steered to psychoanalysis or behavior modification.

Wow. "Conforming to gender norms."

Sounds like someone bought the GLBT Language Decoder Ring at the Stonewall Bookstore last time they were in the Village.

But look at the byline!

It's Pat!!!!

But as advocates gain ground for what they call gender-identity rights, evidenced most recently by New York City’s decision to let people alter the sex listed on their birth certificates, a major change is taking place among schools and families.

Did you hear that, Bubba. It's "advocates," you toothless, inbred trailer trash red-stater. Not "activists." Advocates. You know, like the magazine title. Get used to it, breeder.

Doctors, some of them from the top pediatric hospitals, have begun to advise families to let these children be “who they are” to foster a sense of security and self-esteem.

Someone, pleeeeeease tell me this is The Onion.

“First we became sensitive to two mommies and two daddies,” said Reynaldo Almeida, the director of the Aurora School, a progressive private school in Oakland. “Now it’s kids who come to school who aren’t gender typical.”

I believe you mispelled "thenthitive," Ms. Almeida.

Oh, by the way... it's "progressive," not "liberal."

Get used to it, breeder.

The supportive attitudes are far easier to find in traditionally tolerant areas of the country like San Francisco than in other parts, but even in those places there is fierce debate over how best to handle the children.

More code.

That's right...San Francisco isn't "liberal." It's "tolerant." Well, except when it comes to kids who are differently pacified who are wanting to explore alternative modes of citizenship. This is, presumeably, because the 1993 Clinton "don't ask, don't tell" policy is clearly the kids' fault.

Here's the short version: In San Francisco, your son can wear pantyhose, heels and a pleated skirt. He just can't wear a uniform.

The best part: Using prescription drugs to artificially block puberty.

I shit thee not...that's what they're doing.

For families, it can be a long, emotional adjustment. Shortly after her son’s third birthday, Pam B. and her husband, Joel, began a parental journey for which there was no map. It started when their son, J., began wearing oversized T-shirts and wrapping a towel around his head to emulate long, flowing hair. Then came his mother’s silky undershirts. Half a year into preschool, J. started becoming agitated when asked to wear boys’ clothing.

En route to a mall with her son, Ms. B. had an epiphany: “It just clicked in me. I said, ‘You really want to wear a dress, don’t you?’ ”

Not that preschoolers are vulnerable to the power of suggestion or anything.

Though she has not encountered such a situation, Jennifer Schwartz, assistant principal of Chatham Elementary School outside Springfield, Ill., said that allowing a child to express gender differences “would be very difficult to pull off” there.

Ms. Schwartz added: “I’m not sure it’s worth the damage it could cause the child, with all the prejudices and parents possibly protesting. I’m not sure a child that age is ready to make that kind of decision.”

Leave it to the heartlander to provide some common sense.

Nila Marrone, a retired linguistics professor at the University of Connecticut who consults with parents and schools, recalled an incident last year at a Bronx elementary school in which an 8-year-old boy perceived as effeminate was thrown into a large trash bin by a group of boys. The principal, she said, “suggested to the mother that she was to blame, for not having taught her son how to be tough enough.”

But the tide is turning.

...And a new wind was about to blow! Who writes this stuff?

Oh, that's right. It's Pat.

The Los Angeles Unified School District, for instance, requires that students be addressed with “a name and pronoun that corresponds to the gender identity.”

Holy crap! What's wrong with addressing students by a name that, ohhh I don't know...maybe a name that corresponds with their f***ing name!!!!!!???

Catherine Tuerk, a nurse-psychotherapist at the children’s hospital in Washington and the mother of a gender-variant child in the 1970s, says parents are still left to find their own way. She recalls how therapists urged her to steer her son into psychoanalysis and “hypermasculine activities” like karate. She said she and her husband became “gender cops.”

“It was always, ‘You’re not kicking the ball hard enough,’ ” she said.

Yeah. Maybe he wasn't kicking the ball hard enough.

I don't think anyone's calling Brandi Chastain's femininity into question. There's nothing feminine about being a lousy soccer player.

I mean, remember John Lithgow's character in the World According to Garp? He was a woman, and he kicked ass when he needed to.

God save us from well-meaning "progressives."

Breeders, you'd better get busy.

Splash, out


What a moron you are.

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