This isn’t one of those occasions.
Follow the link to the story but here’s a summary of the situation;
- A girl, between the ages of 11 and 13 (USA middle school) identifies as male
- The school has agreed to allow her to undress in the boys’ changing room
- A male PE teacher has refused to be present in the changing room while she is undressed
- The teacher has been disciplined
Stop for a moment and re-read that.
Assuming motivation is claiming to be capable of mind-reading, so we won’t engage in that here. Instead, we will look at what is being asked of individuals by the actions being undertaken;
The student is demanding the teaching staff and male students accept her claim of being male and ignore any physical evidence to the contrary.
The school has agreed to these demands and has passed the requirement to agree to these demands to the male students and the teaching staff.
The male students haven’t agreed to these demands.
The male PE teacher hasn’t agreed to these demands.
The problem with the school’s decision to accept the demands and require similar acceptance from others is that the school is not the only party which might incur “cost” from the consequences.
It’s not mind reading to assume the male students might feel somewhat uncomfortable about having a naked girl in their changing room. It’s also not mind reading to assume the male teacher doesn’t want to be subject to a criminal prosecution for an inappropriate association with a minor.
By demanding the students and teaching staff agree to the statement, “I’m now a boy” , the school is requiring others to change their thoughts. In the case of the male PE teacher, the school is demanding he ignores his knowledge of criminal legislation, regardless of whether or not the requirement is contrary to his moral or ethical views.
Obviously this is insanity.
More importantly though, what role are the parents, guardians and other responsible adults playing?
Specifically, what on earth are the parents of the girl thinking by allowing her to be naked in the company of naked boys who are going through puberty?
Where’s the duty of care by the school, the Board of Governors, the district education authorities, etc.?
This is the point where the truth and practical consequences of theoretical virtue signalling is tested. A hashtag on Twitter is one thing, going to jail for watching a minor of the opposite sex get undressed is quite a different thing.
Finally, even if everyone involved genuinely signed up to the changes, has anyone thought about the consequences that in a few years the, now older, girl has a change of mind and decides that she was exploited and shouldn’t have been indulged in her teenage mistakes?
Oh, and for the benefit of the anonymous corrector yesterday; yes, I call this Cultural Marxism. What do you call it?