Let me count the ways.
A city council in England distributed a gender survey to every secondary school in the cities of Brighton and Hove asking teens to choose from 25 categories, according to The Argus.
The government-sponsored Children’s Commissioner for England devised the survey specifically for 13- to 18-year-olds to determine “how gender matters to young people.”
At issue was Question 13, which asked, “How do you define your gender?” These were the options from which students were instructed to select:
- All genders
- Gender fluid
- Gender nonconforming
- In the middle of boy and girl
- Not sure
- Other/s (please state)
- Rather not say
- Young man
- Young woman
Teens were told to check “as many as they wanted” for their answer.
According to one Brighton columnist, the city council and school system were “unnecessarily making all teenagers question their basic identity.” A Daily Mail editorial labeled the question “frankly bizarre,” suggesting it would create “uncertainty and distress in the minds of all-too-vulnerable adolescents.”
Deputy Director Simon Calvert of the British think tank, The Christian Institute, remarked that for some children the survey will confuse them because it reveals that “there are adults who don’t seem to know that boys are boys and girls are girls”:
We feel for people who struggle with gender dysphoria but we must not let our sympathy for them outweigh our sympathy for the great mass of children who need to feel safe and protected in school.
To feel safe, children need to know there are some simple boundaries in life. The basic biological categories of male and female are amongst the most simple and fundamental boundaries of all.
The issue has been so heavily politicized that in the U.S. — where the so-called “bible of mental health,” the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” is published — that members of the psychological and psychiatric communities are afraid to speak out for fear of losing grant money.
We must not intrude on childhood by deliberately confusing school children about what makes a boy a boy or a girl a girl just to satisfy adult political agendas. We must protect children from being made to feel that passing phases of confused feelings about themselves — which many go through — must be turned into life-changing moral and political decisions.
Interestingly, after several media inquiries, the city council withdrew the gender survey. A spokesperson for the Children’s Commissioner for England said Question 13 will not be included in any student survey distributed in the future.
Cross-posted at Constitution.com