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  •  Headline is Pure Sensationalism. (0+ / 0-)

    If you listen to what she says, she doesn't say transgender kids have to be castrated, she says that IF they wanted to really be TREATED differently than the sex they were BORN with, they would have to go through reassignment (she just didn't have the damn PC "CORRECT" BS wording).

    You guys are WAY WAY too PC here, and haven't stopped to think about this. How would YOU feel as a girl to have a guy using your bathroom just cause he felt like it? Or YOUR locker room (which was one of the points the lady was making). When does ONE individuals desires override everyone else's need for comfort and privacy?

    How would YOU feel if YOUR daughter complained that some guy kept using the girls' bathroom or locker room just cause he felt like it?

    Maybe KOS is just going far too left for me. Balance is moderation, not extremism.

    •  To be fair... (0+ / 0-)

      headlines are framing devices and one task of framing is to offer an alternative perspective on people's typical "ways of seeing and knowing".

      Wording is important in this exercise, so I'd have to disagree with you that PC "CORRECT" BS wording" is irrelevant, since going through reassignment (especially surgery) is a more final step in what is a very long and complex process.  One that can be particularly difficult and unavailable to school kids, so even this (to you and to the principal) seemingly obvious statement is peppered with assumptions and conditions that the "CORRECT" wording helps to make clearer.

      That's one reason for being what you call "WAY WAY too PC" here. The sheer act of paying attention helps to illuminate some of the built-in assumptions that have power issues embedded in them.

      But for the record, I agree that the headline is a bit sensationalist.

      As for bathrooms, I've always felt that the idea of gender-specific bathrooms is a bit outdated anyway, but I can see that this belief doesn't take into account the problematic dynamics of kids in schools. (Which is very problematic, indeed).  

      And if my daughter complained that some guy kept using the girls' bathroom or locker room just cause he felt like it, I'd ask her directly if that was, indeed, the reason, because my knowledge of both how school systems work and how young girls can exaggerate is pretty extensive.  Then I'd sit down and talk to her about this situation so that she might be able to see it from the perspective of the other person. (That's what I do with my kid all the time).

      If I did that, it might turn into a learning experience for us both and then we could figure out a different way to deal with the situation.

      But, maybe that's just me...(??)


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      Welcome to Daily Kos, where "WAY WAY too PC" is not an insult. ;-)

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      by a gilas girl on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 07:49:28 AM PST

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