Sunday, October 01, 2017

Gender Neutral.

There are some who identify as female, there are some who identify as male, and there are some who identify as neither… what’s so hard to understand?

There is even a gender neutral honorific title, Mx. again what is so hard to understand?
Transgender teacher removed from classroom after some parents object to gender-neutral prefix 'Mx.'
The Washington Post
By Lori Rozsa
September 29. 2017

A Florida school district this week transferred a fifth-grade teacher from working with children into a classroom with adults after the educator requested to be addressed with gender-neutral pronouns.

The teacher's preferences — using the prefix Mx. and the pronouns "they, them, their instead of he, his, she, hers" — had been met with support from some Canopy Oaks Elementary parents and complaints from others, including "a handful" who pulled their children from the classroom, according to a district spokesman. The Leon County school district said teacher Chloe Bressack's transfer was a mutual decision.

"Given the complexity of this issue, we both agreed a different environment would be best for Teacher Bressack's educational career and for the young students at Canopy Oaks," superintendent Rocky Hanna said in a statement.
"What's interesting about this is that the pushback is usually based on someone changing their identity, transforming from male to female, or female to male," Duncan said. "But when you look at this situation, this person simply wants to be referred to in a certain way."
I have found that children learn by example, if the parents are okay with gender neutral pronouns and gender neutral honorific titles so are the children. If the parents mock, belittle and harass transgender people, their children do also.

I always think of the South Pacific song that says,
You've got to be taught to hate and fear
You've got to be taught from year to year
It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught

You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade
You've got to be carefully taught

You've got to be taught before it's too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You've got to be carefully taught
I find this so true and right now our president is teaching hate to all the young people, hate for those who are different from him.

I am away all day and my posts today were written yesterday.

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