Gender Theory Hits K-12 Schools

Barb Wire

When I describe radical feminism as taught in university Women’s Studies programs, one typical reaction is, “So what? That’s just a bunch of academics. Besides, wait until those idiots get their Women’s Studies degrees. Where are they gonna get a job?”

Maybe your child’s school. Katherine Timpf reports at National Review:

A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.

“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.

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“Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.

The document also warns against asking students to “line up as boys or girls,” and suggests asking them to line up by whether they prefer “skateboards or bikes/milk or juice/dogs or cats/summer or winter/talking or listening.”

“Always ask yourself . . . ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” the document says.

The instructions were part of a list called “12 steps on the way to gender inclusiveness” developed by Gender Spectrum, an organization that “provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for children of all ages.”

Read the whole thing. You might also want to read the Gender Spectrum guidelines. Readers will perhaps not be surprised to learn that Gender Spectrum founder Stephanie Brill is author of The Queer Parent’s Primer and The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth, and co-author of The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals. In a 2010 interview, Brill said: “As a part of the butch/trans community, my social and professional world is very gender diverse.” So at least she practices what she preaches, eh?

The point is that this kind of radicalism can’t be contained to college campuses. Inevitably, the feminists who learn “gender theory” in Women’s Studies programs will want to implement those theories throughout society, including your local public schools — even in Nebraska! As I have previously explained (“Radical Lesbian Feminism: Coming Soon to a Public School Classroom Near You?”), the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is pushing to introduce “gender studies” to the high school curriculum, “creating innovative spaces for young people to engage in feminism and activism, equity, and social justice in today’s classrooms.” The AAUW symposium on this program featured lesbian teacher Ileana Jimenez.

The hashtag #IDG2014 is for “International Day of the Girl” and, when you see radical feminists declaring how “committed to culture change” they are, doesn’t this make you just slightly curious as to what direction they intend to change culture?

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Robert Stacy McCain
Robert Stacy McCain is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience in the news business. He is a correspondent for The American Spectator, editor-in-chief at Viral Read and blogs at

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