First-graders should not be forced into the classrooms of teachers undergoing sex changes. Religious broadcasters and faith-based summer camps should not be forced to hire cross-dressers. Women should not be forced to share bathrooms with people with male body parts who say they want to be females. Yet those are some of the likely results if Congress passes H.R. 3017, the so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which is due for a vote this week by the House Education and Labor Committee.
Wow. That is the most ill-informed, bigoted, nasty paragraph I have read today. I note with particular interest that the target of the bigotry in this ill-conceived editorial is exclusively transgender people. Apparently gays and lesbians are no longer frightening enough for the Washington Times.
Let’s leave aside the fact that the APA is currently revising the DSM, and may change the definition of Gender Identity Disorder (GID). Should we also discriminate against bi-polar disorder patients who are receiving treatment, and prevent them from teaching our children? After all, their disorder is also listed in the DSM. What about people with depression? Should they use a different bathroom? Oh, I know what you are going to say. Those disorders pose no risk. Really? Ever heard of Columbine? Risk is a part of life.
Let’s talk about the language used. ‘she-male’ is a pejorative term used primarily in pornography. It would take no more than 5 minutes to determine that if one chose to do so. Simply Google the term, and the first link that comes up (Wikipedia) confirms that fact. This is a strongly sex-negative way of attempting to make a point, and highly inappropriate in a major news outlet.
Oh, and how about the fact that cross-dressing (transvestic disorder) is not GID, and would not be a protected behavior under the ENDA? How difficult is that to research? OK, I know this is an editorial, but we have a right to expect even editorials to have some basis in fact, do we not?
I have to wonder if the “editor” who authored this slag has ever opened a book, or read anything other than the press release from the Traditional Values Coalition (spell that religious bigots). Discrimination is not only not necessary, sir or madam as the case may be. It is wrong. It was wrong when blacks were owned as slaves. It was wrong when women were not allowed to vote (Sorry, Anne Coulter, but it’s true).
Discrimination demeans us all. It demeans those who discriminate, just as it does those discriminated against. The 1860’s are over, folks. Let’s try to come into the current century, OK? And if you can’t do that, then how about you just shut up? The world you desire no longer exists. It’s only a matter of time before you and those like you are as extinct as the dinosaurs I see when I look at you.