Gender-Neutral 2

The whole G-N policy being promoted needs further explanation to the wider public or it is in danger of being dismissed as a looney fad. Serious thought is required as to what G-N individuals/ body are expecting from society. Simply making demands immediately meets opposition. Therefore, any attempt to force an agenda on the public would be counterproductive.

I was taken by the decision making of school (s) on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Here twelve (12) elementary/primary schools have adopted a change to G-N washrooms (toilets). According to a news report by, cbc.ca/news quoting one principal that the move to G-N washrooms ‘reflects society’.

“A school is a reflection of society and in society you see gender-neutral washrooms”. Principal Norbet Carpenter – Montague elementary school.

We could spend ages deconstructing this statement but suffice to say that G-N does not reflect society otherwise there would not be a call to implement it. The introduction of G-N washrooms is a new development that stems from a political agenda.

Let’s be bolshie, the news report states that the trend was begun by “a” family that complained on behalf of their child. Of course this could be a typo error or woeful reporting. However, no mention was made of consultation with parents or seeking for consensus. That being the case we are left with two assumptions:

  • The policy was forced on the majority without agreement. (who needs Stalin)
  • The reporting was atrocious.

Further confusion was caused by Julia Gaudet, director of student services at the Public Schools Branch, “We are not getting huge amounts of requests, but we are getting requests,” Again there are several questions that could be asked about this statement. Does each request result in a school adopting a G-N washroom? The statement does convey the suggestion that there are few requests.

More general questions come to mind:

  1. What does a child understand by G-N?
  2. Is it based on feeling? Is it to do with embarrassment?
  3. Does the child/family realise that their request affects all in the school?
  4. If the child is female they already have cubicles; what is the problem.
  5. If the child is male then some coaxing and/or coaching to use available cubicles might prove appropriate.
  6. Should any anxiety experienced by the child not be dealt with by counselling in the first instance?

The child/family that raised the issue of G-N washrooms will not be alone in suffering degrees of anxiety. There are numerous issues that confront children of all ages; are these being dealt with on an individual basis? Mental health and abuse/mental trauma are but two. What are the schools doing about these issues? Or, if no complaint, is the physical/mental anxiety left in the unknown tray?

There seems to be a nucleus of schools in the area that have changed to G-N washrooms. Twelve out of sixty-four (64) not a conclusive number but sufficient to stimulate discussion. The population and school numbers are in decline, one reason being that teenagers who are of age are leaving for the big towns/cities elsewhere in Canada. What will they find in the metropolis?

In trying to understand the term G-N I looked it up in a dictionary; merriam-webster.com to find the following definition: ‘not referring to either sex but only to people in general’. I can foresee many problems arising from this and much embarrassment caused by numerous faux pas.

Is it therefore time to re-write our dictionaries to exclude such terms as: boy, girl, she, him, her, woman, male etc. etc. etc. I can hear screams of Noooo! coalescing in a suburban area just before the explosion.

It was my understanding that equal opportunity covered all the bases when it came to human rights. Why then has the G-N faction broken off to pursue their own agenda? Do they perceive their own predicament as of greater need than those of others? Or are they adopting the child philosophy of, scream loud until they pacify you? Note the conclusion of Ha-Joon Chang (213)*

“Equality of opportunity is something to be cherished”.

Kilts are Back!!!

A fashion breakthrough!

All pupils to wear kilts at new G-N schools!   No?

Why not?

Because…..

Sorry I couldn’t hear you. No, you’ll have to speak louder.

The boys won’t wear kilts!

Oh, so all the girls will wear trousers? I see, its equal opportunity at work. Hm.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be an all-inclusive focus with the pursuit of a G-N agenda. There seems little or no consideration for the needs of others (touché). It smacks very much of we will get what we want and you lot will have to put up with it. Like arguments have been made on several occasions mainly by those on the left whom history has shown are just as prone to diktat as the right-wing whom they condemn as fascists.

Every faction is in a hurry and the only thing holding up ‘progress’ is the dullards’, otherwise known as the general population. This body may well be thinking of self-interest but so are the G-N lobby. The general population may be experiencing what Daniel Kahneman (305)* calls “loss aversion” e.g. they like things as they are; thank you very much. And, who might well prefer an approach similar to that proposed by Karl Popper:

That change requires “critical rationalism”,* (107) meaning it has to be thought out and be under constant review and to the benefit of society.

BIG Q: Why is G-N being pursued in primary schools? Is this because kids are more malleable, more open to suggestion? Are children therefore being used as political pawns?

“It is not possible, nor desirable, to try and be gender neutral all the time.” Most of us have a gender we identify with.

www.liveabout.com/gender-neutral-2982565

*Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About CAPITALISM

*Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

*Bryan Magee, Popper

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-schools-gender-neutral-washrooms-1.4290514

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Edward_Island

 

Trolls: Lazy Bias

Trolls are often seen as loud malcontents and as such get little sympathy. We are all bias but some people are lazy bias. They simply adopt another person’s view as their own. No scrutiny is necessary; if they like it that’s it. You’ll find that they are most likely to pick it up if a statement has had some publicity, is trending on social media. Welcome to the world of the Troll!

Example of lazy bias:  T = Troll// Q = questioner

I hate the Daily Mail (newspaper).

  1. Why?

  2. Because.

  3. Because why?

  4. Because it’s right-wing.

  5. When did you last read it?

  6. I’ve never read it.

  7. How do you know its right-wing?

  8. I just do!

  9. Why don’t you read it and form your own opinion?

  10. What’s the point, it’s full of lies.

  11. How would you know if you’ve never read it?

  12. Everybody knows it!

  13. Give me some examples of everybody.

  14. Oh, piss off! You’re talking crap!

Unfortunately, people form opinions often without first trying to verify if true or otherwise. This is quite common; it is groupthink, a kinsman of fascism! A nicer term is ‘echo chamber’, but that lets some trolls away with not putting their thinking cap on.

The discussion above was a true exchange. There is little hope of moving that person from their fixed belief. Well, there was no time to discuss it any further. These people are, to my mind, LBP’s – lazy bias people.

I am a troll and I live in a hole, I only come out to shoot my bow.

Is this an accurate description of a Troll? Or are they just like us – highly sophisticated folk? Although trying to determine their motivation is equally difficult. We just don’t know what makes them tick.

Do they have an emotional hang-up, angry at the world? Have a need to be famous? Need a hug? Some make little attempt at empathy. Well, there’s no fun in that! They want to vent, perhaps let others feel their pain. They just feel the need to vent – against whom – anyone really, who cares. Mostly they follow others lead.

BIG Q. Should they be censored? No! They need to be challenged, to be asked to think. They need time and space to grow, to mature. Shutting them off may cause their anger to fester.

Is it more to do with de stressing by letting their anger burst out? Or does it have something to do with the need to belong by being part of a trend. Then, not happy with just criticism, they dig deep into their reservoir of sewage vocabulary; a need to stand out. If they could invent new caustic words, that others could understand; it would be like major – sergeant major – e.g. shut up, I’m talking!

Most people have an activity that they like to do and usually it is with others, e.g. football, tennis, hockey, cricket etc. Trolls just tend to troll. Are they isolated characters or are they one of your crowd? They might meet you on the street and smile and seem like nice people BUT once in their den environment Mr Hyde comes to the fore.

What is annoying is that these people have talent. Unfortunately, that talent is used in a negative way. If only they could be turned around to spend their time on the computer/phone to make positive things happen.

There are a myriad of good fights out there, e.g. the environment, education, kids need better schools, animal welfare and a host of others. If folks want to vent, aim at the politicians who take but don’t give. Bombard them with facts & figures. Ask them what they are doing to help the community, kids play areas etc. Oops. Have I become a dictator?

Do some research on the net and once you have good stuff, hit the politicians with it. A nice long email with oodles of info every couple of months might have them knocking on the door at the local looney bin. Give them a wave- bye. Have I morphed into a Troll?

Is negativity eating you? Get creative!!!

Pick a topic – play areas for kids – get on social media ask if anyone has good info and ask them to share. It would be interesting to find out how many respond. Start a trend, ask all respondents to follow your example and write to their local politician. Make a video of your campaign and put it on YouTube.

Put yourself on the map by making a difference. Be different, be hyper, and take the fight to those cretins who don’t really care. It’s good to be good! Or is it? Perhaps the buzz from attacking others brings more dopamine (reward chemical) to the pleasure centre of the brain. Hm, is evil good? I don’t think so; we all live in a community and, the better the environment the happier the people. More smiles, more chats, more making new friends. Hey, win, win, win!!! That’s the way to do it!!