Five years ago no one was having this conversation. What is happening to the world?
A secondary school in the UK has now banned skirts from the uniforms of incoming 7th-year students in an effort to conform students to gender-neutral norms and accommodate the handful of transgender students who are in attendance.
There had been concerns that the skirts of the uniforms could be worn in a way that was indecent, but rather than simply offer strict disciplinary action for too-short skirt lengths like schools used to do, they apparently decided to try to do their part to away completely with the social construct of gender.
The head teacher of Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, said the change was an effort to address “inequality and decency.”
His explanation is telling of today’s confused generation of children and the way adults accommodate and encourage them:
“Pupils have been saying why do boys have to wear ties and girl’s don’t, and girls have different uniform to boys. So we decided to have the same uniform for everybody from Year 7,” he said, according to RT.
“Another issue that we have is a small, but increasing number of transgender students, and therefore having the same uniform is important for them,” he added.
See, this is the confusing part. If a student was transgender, why would they need gender-neutral uniforms? Wouldn’t they want the uniform of the opposite sex? If gender is a social construct, aren’t transgender people adhering to social gender norms?
Anyway, if you are thinking this sounds like a slippery slope and a deliberate move to validate transgenderism or gender neutrality socially, you’d be in good company.
Frank Furedi, a sociologist at the University of Kent feels the same way. “You start with uniform on Monday, by Tuesday you’re going to say, ‘maybe we shouldn’t use the pronouns he and she,’” he told the BBC.
“By Wednesday, you’re going to talk about having gender neutral bathrooms. In so doing, you’re raising fundamental questions about people’s identity,” he concluded.
Parents aren’t thrilled either, especially considering that if the school wanted to address the shortness of the shirts, it is only the incoming students who are required to wear the new uniforms.
“My daughter said she has got a gender and it’s female, so being gender neutral when she has got a gender is a big deal for her, as she proud to be a girl. I feel girls should be allowed to wear skirts if they want to” one parent told The Telegraph.
In a world full of gender pride, it seems those who are perfectly happy with their gender are the only ones not allowed to be proud.
The children who may be questioning their identity or simply wearing their skirts too short are in need of solid adult guidance, not to be an ideological experiment. Teachers and school faculty need to offer strict discipline for girls who do not adhere to the uniform dress code. Even if you are still quite young, you probably went to a school where you would be sent to a principal’s office or even home if you dressed immodestly. Where has adult authority gone?
If there are children who honestly can’t figure out what gender they are, these children need serious counseling, not for the whole school to have to pander to their psychological struggles.
Adults need to stop putting these ridiculous ideas into young children’s heads and simply let them be kids, and that includes letting them simply be boys and girls.
Besides, the biological reality of gender is not going to go away with a simple uniform change!