My Six Year Old Ain’t No Cross-Dresser

Little Janice is going to be Bob for a day and little Ralph will be Cindy, OK? Attention all kindergarten to Grade 8 students: Cross-dressing day is now canceled.  King City Public pull pulled the plug on the “Opposite Gender Day,” when kids as young as six would be allowed to come to school dressed as the opposite sex, following an outcry from parents.

“Opposite Gender Day has been canceled in the wake of concerns of parents,” said Ross Virgo, York Region District School Board spokesman.

“The idea of (kids) experiencing being people of the opposite gender has offended some people in the community, and the school doesn’t want to do that.”

The chance to dress as the opposite sex was voluntary for students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8, Virgo said.

It was proposed by the school’s student council to principal Karen Goan, he said.

“They discussed the fun the day might generate, plus how the experience might help boys and girls understand a bit more what it felt like to be a member of the opposite sex … that was the plan,” he said.

It was Goan who gave Opposite Gender Day the green light, and it was the principal who promptly canceled it early Thursday, Virgo said. Juan Smith, whose two young daughters are students at the school, didn’t like the idea at all.  “If this was so innocent, then why did the principal not stop this right away?” McVety said. “This was part of a greater agenda to teach gender identity … and to confuse our children at a young age, and to tell them they can’t be truly happy until they discover their inner (gender) identity.”  No surprise here that most parents freaked out!

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  1. This is right up there with the top 10 bad ideas of the past century. The last thing kids need is more gender confusion in their lives. All it takes is one boy getting picked on while he’s dressed as a girl, and he could be in for decades of pain and doubt. That principal should be disciplined by the school district for allowing such a stupid idea.

  2. The gender constructions perpetuated by our culture are the cause for bullying and this pain and doubt. Children should be able to explore interests, clothing, etc. that go out of the gender lines. Gender is constructed and changes and is manipulated over time. So what if Johnny likes wearing a dress, the option should be encouraged.

  3. Not publicly. People are cruel, and children are even more cruel because they still have to develop empathy, and they usually don’t know better. This is a monstrously bad idea. Good thing they cancelled it. Nature doesn’t get our gender wrong as often as you might think, and forcing a very hetero Johnny to wear a dress to school can cause him to lash out at women, homosexuals and/or crossdressers when he’s a teen or in his twenties. It’s nice to cater to the minority among us, but let us not forget about the majority.

    This is the whole “No peanut butter at school” nonsense all over again. Rather than make arrangements to have a separate lunchroom for allergic kids, and a place for the other kids to put their food so the allergic kids don’t get access to it, schools just outright ban something that’s a very important and cheap source of nutrition for many families. They make the majority suffer for the sake of the minority. More and more, that seems to be the order of the day; punish the majority for the sake of the minority. If those kids are so allergic that even a trace amount of peanuts is going to kill them, then they should be going home for lunch, or perhaps shouldn’t be attending public school at all. It’s all the parents’ fault for over-disinfecting things that their kids get access to, so the kids never get a chance for their immune systems to develop properly. I bet if 80% of the parents that have kids with nut allergies had just let their kids eat dirt when they were toddlers, their kids would have a healthy immune system.

    When catering to a minority doesn’t significantly effect anyone (like allowing gays to marry), then sure; go for it; but we’re getting “Minority Indulgences” crazy!

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