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昨天在電視看到泰國人妖舞團在墨爾本演出的廣告，中文的人妖被稱為 Lady Boy。
Anyway. The five-year-olds were marshalled into a room and story time began. Six picture books featuring transgender characters and concepts were read to kindy/prep and grade 1 pupils. The readings were conducted over five sessions and the kids were quizzed about what they made of it all.
Here is a passage from My New Daddy: “Mommy sat down with me and explained to me that nature had made a mistake and she should have been born a boy like me. After some time, my new Daddy went to see Doctor Voltaire again. He needed to have an operation to make him become a boy like me. Now I am a lucky little boy because my Mommy is my new Daddy.”
In the least surprising development in the history of academia, the researchers found many of the five-year-olds had no idea what the hell was going on. The answer the academics propose is to put more time aside to discuss transgender issues with the children, presumably by winding back on fringe pursuits such as spelling and arithmetic. The obvious problem is the ludicrously tender age at which such confusing concepts are being raised.
The message that should run through all the teaching of this stuff is tolerance. And that message should be conveyed at an age when kids are old enough to know what it is they are meant to be tolerating.
The Safe Schools issue went off the rails because it was hijacked by activists and third parties whose external teaching modules were either age-inappropriate or contained material that was so explicit or aberrant that it belonged on a porn site. Valid discussion of gender got caught up with a side debate about the discussion of sexual acts to kids, many of whom are not even sexually active.
This is what the PC extremists don’t get. They’re the ones who stuffed this up, not the fascists and the fundos on the Right. The people who champion this cause damaged this cause.
The lessons from a powerful program such as Australian Story get totally lost when you’ve got these nuts advocating an all-out assault on heteronormative thinking by borderline toddlers who can’t even tie their shoelaces.
David Penberthy is a Sunday Herald Sun columnist
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