Teaching My Kids Human Biology Is Not Hateful

source: http://thefederalist.com/2016/04/28/teaching-my-kids-human-biology-is-not-hateful/

In a breathtakingly offensive and fallacious post for scarymommy.com, Ashley Austrew accuses parents who have a problem with Target’s new unisex restroom/fitting room policy (because that’s what it is, when anyone can effectively use any facility at any time) of using their children as an excuse to hate.

From Austrew’s article: “The truth is, people aren’t worried about their wives or their daughters, about the imaginary boogeyman in the next stall, or protecting the sanctity of their Target bathroom — what they’re really afraid of is opening their minds. For some, discriminating against people is easier than trying to understand them or having to alter their perspectives in order to afford others the same respect and compassion they’d demand for themselves.”

I’ll grant Austrew this: my objection to Target’s policy has less to do with protecting my child physically than it does with protecting his mind. I don’t have extremely young children anymore. But when I did, I took them into the women’s bathroom with me, regardless of their sex. At such times, if the child was one of my sons, it was obvious to anyone in the vicinity that there was a boy in the ladies’ restroom. Funny, I never had anyone object.

Now that my youngest is 12, he goes into public men’s rooms by himself. But still at this age, I stay within earshot. I don’t even like to send my grown daughter into a highway rest stop alone. Heck, I don’t like to go into one myself. There are dangerous people everywhere, in all shapes, sizes, sexes, and sexual preferences, and if they want to cause harm to someone a sign isn’t going to stop them.

It’s Bad to Enable Delusions About Reality

But here’s the thing. When you label restrooms or fitting rooms for “women” and “men” and then effectively say that anyone can go into any one at any time based on how they “identify” at that moment, you are undermining one of the most basic lessons that, as a parent, I try to teach my children: that there is truth, and that one can know it.

It’s a lesson the entire culture is doing its darndest to prevent me from teaching. Whether it’s the entertainment industry or the education racket or the nanny state, the powers that be are pretty much united in their goal of so confusing today’s young minds that they’ll unblinkingly accept even the most ridiculous of assertions. 

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