Any five year old knows the difference between boys and girls. Under a new California law signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger, however, kids there may soon discover that the matter of gender is a lot more complicated than they think.
…a banned list will be any text, reference or teaching aid that portrays marriage as only between a man and woman, materials that say people are born male or female (and not in between), sources that fail to include a variety of transsexual, bisexual and homosexual historical figures, and sex education materials that fail to offer the option of sex changes.
Further, homecoming kings now can be either male or female — as can homecoming queens, and students, whether male or female, must be allowed to use the restroom and locker room corresponding to the sex with which they choose to identify.
The problem for us in the heartland is that textbook publishers have to consider the impact of the huge California market on sales. My bet is that we’ll see gender-twisted texts in Missouri before too long, thanks to the land of fruits and nuts — where five year olds are clearly wiser than the grownups.
The bathroom issue will be a tougher sell.