Girls Will Be Girls? No!
Girls Will Be Girls? No!
Can you imagine anything worse than being “misgendered”? I just read one of the most utterly and shockingly absurd stories of political correctness I’ve ever encountered. A prestigious school in Manchester, England, called the Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, recently informed parents that the girls will now be referred to by the gender neutral term of “students” because the staff is worried about offending “those who are transitioning”.
“Altrincham Grammar School for Girls in Manchester fears that using the ‘g-word’ could result in pupils who are changing sex being ‘misgendered’.” Oh my God, how awful for them! How disturbing – not to mention sad – it is that anyone has to refer to “girls” as the “g-word”. Political correctness has now brought us to the point where even the word “girl” stirs controversy.
“The headmaster of the school wants to ensure that they’re being inclusive of any girls who “no longer identify” as girls.” Imagine the conversation as the faculty debated whether or not they might be offending the one or two (or zero) students (out of 1,350) who are “transitioning”.
What’s next for the Altrincham School? Surprisingly, the school currently has no plans to drop “For Girls” from their name. Although, if they are so concerned about replacing the word “girl” with “students”, I don’t understand why they would leave it. One parent tweeted that “Altrincham Grammar School for Gender Neutrals doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.”
Unfortunately, the folks at Altrincham School are not alone. Educators throughout the world are wrestling with just how to handle the question of gender identity. At Williams College, “Displaying a sign that is color-coded pink for girls and blue for boys, is listed by the school as a reportable “bias incident,” according to the College Fix.” Seriously, a bias incident. Illustrating the difference between a male and a female by using the colors that have been associated with them forever is now grounds for reprimand.
I understand there is a small percentage of school age children who are diagnosed with gender identity disorder at a young age as was Keat, a nine year old girl, whose story is highlighted in the video below. But the number of such cases is low. Although the total is impossible to calculate, estimates indicate that less than half of 1% of school age children fall into this category. Certainly, we must avoid treating them with derision and rudeness, but do we really need to change our vocabulary to avoid offending them?
This new debate over gender neutrality illustrates that society’s concern for political correctness has run amuck. Must we teach grammar school students that, if they are unhappy with their assigned sex at birth, they can simply identify as the opposite sex? What was once a drift toward political correctness has recently become a rush. The pendulum has swung too far in one direction. It’s time to take our foot off the gas and let the pendulum reach a point of equilibrium. As pendulums will. Staff members of the Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, are you listening?