Christine Flowers, 11/10/2015 [Archive]

Undressing the Bounds of Gender Awareness

By Christine Flowers

Years ago, a kid who decided he wanted to live his life as a girl forced my local elementary school to treat "he" as a "she." Everyone put on rose-colored glasses and pretended that "Christopher" was really "Christine," and that whatever God had placed between his legs was simply an optional accessory and not biological destiny.

A lot of parents were upset about this development, which makes sense. How do you explain to a fifth-grader that the guy he used to snap towels with in the locker room now knows the "Frozen" soundtrack by heart? But of course they were called bigots by some, misguided by others and touchingly anachronistic by the most tolerant.

At the time, and this was well before Bruce Jenner became a train wreck in stilettos, I thought that once the trendiness of letting people treat gender like hair color had passed we would revert to normalcy. How naive.

In this climate, "normal" has gone the way of the Dodo. In fact, I've been told that the whole concept of "normal" is bigoted and exclusionary. There is no longer a "normal," neither a new one nor an old one. There is simply the here, the now and the "Me." As in, whatever works for me is normal, and shut your ugly Carly Fiorina face if you disagree.

Last week, the Obama administration decided to put the full force of the government behind another kid who not only had an epiphany about his gender, but wanted to make sure that everyone shared in his catharsis.

Several years ago, a high school in Palatine, Ill., barred a student who was transitioning from male to female from entering certain facilities reserved for the sex he most clearly was not. After a two-year investigation, the Obama administration — one that now issues executive orders on rainbow-colored paper — has ruled that public schools must allow transgender students access to locker rooms and other places where they might otherwise have been barred by gender. That's lawyer speak for letting the boys into the girls' bathroom.

Of course, supporters will say it's not a "boy," it's a girl in progress or, better yet, a girl who was born into the wrong body because God made a mistake. (Apparently God makes no mistakes when he creates gays and lesbians, but he screws up royally when he creates kids with the wrong plumbing.) But practically speaking, you will now have anatomical boys allowed to hang with the girls in the locker room, during a period of development when girls don't even want to be around other girls. To satisfy this small, and let's be honest — troubled — minority, we have to sacrifice the rights of all the other kids who themselves are dealing with the pain of adolescence.

We are forced to do this because the Obama administration is a perfect creature of a society that isn't willing to say, "No, there are limits and you've crossed them." We are unwilling to tell people to deal with their issues and not impose them on the rest of the community. We have created an oligarchy of victimhood, where you can only demand respect if you fit one of the highly stylized and specific categories like "Gender Incongruence."

But when you start forcing kids to deal with adult hang-ups and pretend it's all about making their lives easier, excuse me if I don't see that for the crock of cheese it truly is. We don't really care about how the kids are feeling because if we did, we'd care about all the kids and not just the very tiny percentage that fall into some new and trendy categories made for reality TV.

Allowing biological boys to invade girls' bathrooms, and vice versa, is both obscene and abusive to the ones who aren't "questioning."

No ambiguity there.

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©2015 Christine Flowers. Flowers is an attorney and a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, and can be reached at cflowers1961@gmail.com.

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