Weekly Recap | School Overreach, Cancelled Debates, Offensive Law Papers, Sweden's New Gender Guidelines, and more...
Thank you for being patient as I moved across the country from California to Tennessee! I am now situated in Nashville, and have the calendar stability to ensure regular weekly content. – Colin
‘I’m Your Mom Now’
On her Substack, Erika Sanzi revealed two recent instances in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, that left her jaw on the floor. In this Wisconsin school district, parents became aware of a poster that was being hung on teachers’ doors at school. The posters read, “If your parents aren’t accepting of your identity, I’m your mom now.”
And, in the same district, a slide during a teacher training on “safe spaces” said, “Remember, parents are not entitled to know their kids’ identities. That knowledge must be earned.” This is a vast overstep of public schools into the lives of children and their families under the guise of protecting students from harm.
The current gender movement is desperately trying to follow in the path blazed by the gay and lesbian movement, where schools were increasingly not required to disclose students’ sexual orientation to their parents, fearing that it could lead to abuse in intolerant households. But gender identity is nothing like sexual orientation. Unlike sexual orientation, gender dysphoria is a serious medical condition that parents should be immediately made aware of.
Grace Laverty Pulls Out of Debate with Helen Joyce
First conflate. If you can’t conflate, obfuscate. If you can’t obfuscate, don’t debate. This seems to be the go-to strategy for many gender activists when faced with the prospect of actually having to defend their views to an audience that isn’t totally composed of True Believers. And that appears to be the exact course of action that Grace Lavery, a prominent trans activist and UC Berkeley professor of Gender Studies, took in the days leading up to her scheduled debate with gender skeptic Helen Joyce.
Debates between trans activists and so-called “gender critical feminists” are almost unheard of, since a central tenet in the gender activists’ code of ethics is to never give a platform to, or share a platform with, anyone who disagrees with their ideology. So it is fitting that the online magazine UnHerd stepped forward and offered to host the conversation. But Lavery began receiving enormous pressure from the trans community to pull out of the debate, claiming that Joyce was a “fascist” and that Unherd was therefore a “fascist enabler.”