Nebraska? Really?

A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.

“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.

“Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.

The document also warns against asking students to “line up as boys or girls,” and suggests asking them to line up by whether they prefer “skateboards or bikes/milk or juice/dogs or cats/summer or winter/talking or listening.”

“Always ask yourself . . . ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” the document says.

Has there been some law instituted that hasn’t been publicized that one must be certifiably insane to be a school administrator?

Allahpundit at Hot Air digs up this warped nugget from something called Gender Spectrumthat is being used in Lincoln:



“I think of it a little differently.” Translation: I am a teacher, you are a student. I am an adult, you are a child. I am a representative of the state, you are a subject of the state. You will change your Neanderthal, bigoted, exclusive, transphobic attitude now. Or else.

I’m not sure which mindset embodied in the school’s action is more frightening: the war on nature, the war on moral values, the war on language, or the war on sanity.

1) The war on nature: I will grant that there are very rare exceptions to the standard gender binary of male-female. Hermaphroditism is real and presents significant medical, psychological, and social difficulties for the one so afflicted. But that’s not what these clowns are talking about. They want to tell children that everything they know, and everything they see, that tells them that there really is such a thing as a “boy” or a “girl” is a figment of their imagination, a social construct, and a tool of oppression. They further want to claim that everything that doesn’t conform to some rigidly drawn caricature of masculinity and femininity must be treated as good, right, and wholesome. So boys who, because of the construction of their palate, have a slight lisp are exactly the same as boys who like to dress in girls’ clothes and hang out in the girls’ lockerroom (and in fact the latter should be encouraged to do so, regardless of their effect on the girls, because “that’s who they authentically are”–the possibility of either voyeuristic intent or genuine mental illness never enters the minds of the gender-benders). As any evolutionist (!) would tell them, nature has an inherent bias toward binary genders, because that’s how the species propagates, and denying that is nothing more than the triumph of an extraordinarily perverse ideology over reality.

2) The war on moral values: The push toward normalizing transgenderism is nothing more than the attempt to normalize any and every sexual variation that the mind of man can invent. Simple as that.

3) The war on language: George Orwell once wrote, “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” One of the primary projects of post-modern American academics has been to destroy the linguistic foundations of society in order to remake it in their own ideological image. The more language is degraded, the more difficult it is to draw boundaries between the state and the individual (or between the state and instruments of subsidiarity such as churches). And the more language is degraded, the more difficult it is for various elements of society to define moral values in contrast to state values (this is the heart of why we have lost the battle over same-sex marriage–the state and its allies in the academy, the media, and the legal profession have made it almost impossible to make the case against it by ruling certain words and arguments out-of-bounds and illegitimate, and then feeding that line on a daily basis to a population that doesn’t know any better). Refusing to call male children “boys” and female children “girls,” as if there is something somehow stigmatizing or prejudiced about doing so, is a perfect example of this.

4) The war on sanity: I mean this quite literally. The struggle over transgenderism is nothing less than an attempt on the part of the polymorphously perverse to redefine the nature of human sanity. Transgenderism is a species of mental illness, which is to say a refusal to deal with reality as it is actually constituted, and to insist that what plainly is not, is, and vice versa. A compassionate society would seek to treat such people psychiatrically, and to reacquaint them with the nature of reality, including their own. Instead, our sexually liberated elites tell them that they are perfectly fine the way they are, that there is nothing wrong with them, that because there is no such thing as “reality” they must see it truly from their own perspective, and that anyone who doesn’t take the same stance is a bigot.

I have a suspicion that this policy is not going to survive school board scrutiny. This is Nebraska, after all. But the mere fact that there are school administrators pushing this nonsense, not just in havens of lunacy such as San Francisco or New York, but even in the deep red conservative heartland, demonstrates just how far the rot in our social institutions has gone.