The Cobb County brouhaha over elementary school availability of “My Shadow is Purple” by Scott Stuart — a book aimed at 4- to 8-year-olds — prompts me to say that no book that makes gender dysphoria seem cute and desirable is proper for children under 9.
Books like that are dangerous indoctrination into a counter-productive meme. Societies have been deciding which roles are most useful since we started to use fire.
We, the 90% of us who think one’s sex is determined at conception, have the right to pass on mores which we have found beneficial without counterculture individuals interfering in the socialization of our children.
Part of growing up is figuring out your own sexuality. If you are going to artificially change your gender, there is plenty of time to do so when you are an adult.
We ask people to wait to drink, or drive, or smoke. We want to give a person’s brain development time to catch up with their body before “the twig is bent.” Certainly, becoming sexually active can wait until you are over nine.
Even that dirty old man, Freud, acknowledged a period of sexual latency in children (six through puberty). A mature brain is needed to make any kind of life-altering decision. Preying on little children by pushing them into sexual decisions before they have a mature mind and body is child abuse.
It is well to note that there is a difference between a role and a genetic function. Gender roles can change. They have become different, just in my lifetime. Women, especially, made strides in claiming vocations previously closed to us. Men learned that they could be a nurse or a nurturing parent.
We learned that your genetic sex does not have to limit you in many of the ways they did in previous eras. But a role, which can change, is not your sex which does not. Definitions of roles changed becoming less ridged, but we were all still encouraged to settle into our genetic function. We were supported through our confusion. Confusion is normal in preteens and teenagers. Being nudged into genital or chemical mutilation is not.
There is no excuse for bullying or meanness toward someone who is struggling. There is no excuse for rudeness. Children ought to be taught to act like civilized human beings, but savagery does not make the object of that savagery right or socially preferred or useful, as it seems to in so many of the trendy pro-transgender books like “My Shadow is Purple” or “Purple Shadow” by Moorhouse.
I detest book burning. All books ought to be available in the public library. But just as we do not stock texts on how to brew Fentanyl, build an atomic bomb, or even a Molotov cocktail in the elementary school library because we deem them too dangerous in the hands of immature individuals, we need to limit the availability to children of books which teach that it is desirable to blow up your genetic code.
Peachtree City, Ga.