Florida’s Brevard County school board recently passed a new
dress code policy that prohibits students from dressing like animals. Citing complaints
by fellow students about "furries,"
the board forbade attire emulating "non-human characteristics.” Cat ears
and dog collars, for example.
However, some claim that the county’s new dress code violates
President Joe Biden’s proposed Title IX regulations.
The controversy over the proposed regulations apparently centers on the
redefinition of "sex" to mean "gender identity." What,
exactly, does "gender identity" mean?
Well, the New York State Department of Education
defines "gender identity" as "a mental, emotional, and
spiritual state that is not determined by a person’s anatomy." (Sure. Now
tell me you’ll still respect me in the morning.) Yet, if gender identity is nothing
more than a "mental, emotional, and spiritual state," in no way determined
by reproductive anatomy, why should it be confined to human anatomy? Why
couldn’t a girl—or boy—legitimately decide to identify as a kitten?
Who’s to say that little Johnny or Joanie
can’t claim to be a kitten, a skunk—or a lake trout for that matter? Are we
that intolerant, that bigoted, that closed-minded? Anatomy is entirely
inconsequential, arbitrary…moot. We don’t even know what it is there for, or if
there ever was a reason for sexual differentiation or complementarity. Is not
the science “settled” on that? Who would deny furries their inalienable
rights? Their fight must become our fight. And it just might become the most
important civil rights movement of our time. Unless the righteous drive for
pansexual acceptance does. Or the push for the legalization of polyamory. Or
bestiality. Or necrophilia.
There is so much work yet to do if we are
to achieve that most precious and laudable goal of becoming a judgement-free
society with equal outcomes for all! The fact that man-caused global warming currently-- and disproportionately-- affects non-binary,
pansexual furries is a stain on our nation. Shame! Shame, I say!
The preposterous claim that the ridiculous gender
identity movement also somehow encompasses animal identification has been promulgated
by Gender Spectrum, a gender identity advocacy organization that purports to
have "trained thousands of schools and school districts … building the
capacities of tens of thousands of teachers, administrators … and other leaders
to create gender inclusive environments." The group has apparently partnered
with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National PTA,
the American School Counselors Association, and the School Superintendents
Association, among others. Moreover, in 2015, Gender Spectrum co-authored a
report titled "Schools in Transition," which was sponsored and
promoted by none other than the National Education Association itself… and may
well have been the first major policy paper arguing that schools should
socially gender-transition students without their parents’ knowledge.
Why not stand in solidarity with Gender Spectrum? I
mean, if a young student wants to identify as—or should I say actually become—a
mouse, moose, or beaver, why should schools be allowed to prohibit them
from wearing the outfits that match their species identity? And there is
certainly no need to inform the parents.
Title IX doesn’t go far enough. It’s okay to
prohibit sex-based discrimination in any education program or activity
that receives funding from the federal government, but why not ban species-based
discrimination, as well?