Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Why I fear having kids

Because I might totally lose the plot and say stupid things at a school board meeting. Like these parents, who objected to a woman teaching their children. Because she was born a man and had sex-change surgery. And, um, therefore might give them poisoned lollipops or something.

I don't even see the case the parents are trying to make. Other than that their poor dears aren't smart enough to accept changes like this. Or that sexual reassignment surgery is like lead paint, a hot grill or a stranger's Econoline van _ stuff you want your kids to stay the hell away from.

Of course, there's not a lot of data to back up the parents' position. I'm sorry, but if you're going to object to something like this, shouldn't you at least try to show potential for actual harm?

"I, as a parent, am appalled to have this issue brought into my child's psychology," Steve Bond said.

Vincent Mustacchio predicted "chaos" at the school when the students learned of McBeth's surgery

Young children will be confused by the conflicting appearance of McBeth, who has a deep voice and masculine features but otherwise looks like a woman, other parents said.

"I will not allow you to put my kids in a petri dish and hope it all turns out fine," said Mark Schnepp, who had taken out an ad in a local newspaper urging parents to turn out for the meeting.

Petri dish? Really. Is being around transgendered people an experiment now? I have friends who are all about the reproducing. I'm reasonably sure they'll be the kind of parents who set examples for open-mindedness and acceptance of differences. As I'm reasonably certain that I will be, should I choose to loose my progeny upon an unwitting world.

I just don't see the argument here, other than that these parents think sex-changes are icky. Thankfully, the grownups prevailed; the school board found their arguments lacking, too.


CrimeNotes said...

Not only a schoolteacher who lost his junk, but the article has a Mustacchio and a Schnepp to boot!

I take a different angle on the parents' dilemma. I'd say, "Your teacher decided to become a lady. They had to chop off his wang to do it."

If the kid wants to emulate that, he's got bigger issues than me or the teacher. Laissez-faire for everyone, including wang-severing children!

Flop said...

Well, as long as the only wenuses they detach belong to themselves. No need to start a spree.

CrimeNotes said...

I think Chucky did this in one of the "Child's Play" movies.

winston said...

there should totally be a children's book about wang-chopping, to prepare them for such situations. that's the real failure here, goddammit -- not enough wang-chopping education.

Flop said...

The lack of WCE is a shameful legacy we're all going to inherit. Don't school boards realize that children are the future? The goddamned future.

CrimeNotes said...

Winston -- fortunately, Uncle Floppy is here to provide all of the wang-chopping education that America's children so badly need.