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Pennsylvanians blasted their state’s Department of Education’s new gender identity page, which suggested teachers not to make assumptions about students’ pronouns, and quoted ‘ne, ve, ze/zie and xe” as examples.
Fox News Digital spoke to people in Pennsylvania, including mothers, about the Department of Education’s webpage.
“In addition to traditional pronouns (he/him, she/she, they), some people prefer to use neutral pronouns, such as ne, ve, ze/zie, and xe. If you don’t know a student’s preferred name personal pronoun, it’s always best to ask,” the Pennsylvania DOE said.
“It’s grooming our children,” said Veronica Gemma, president of the PA Economic Growth PAC. “[W]When it comes to sexuality, whatever they identify with is their personal affair. And they are not academics. He doesn’t belong in the classroom.”
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“They need to focus on the terrible reading scores in this state, the terrible math scores in this state… [Instead,] they are focused on indoctrinating this next generation to change the fabric of our country,” she added.
The Pennsylvania website also claimed that the concept of two genders, male and female, was a “wrong concept”.
“As a parent from Pennsylvania, I’d like to know what qualifies them for the whole concept of biological gender as flawed?” said a mother named Megan Eileen.
“As a mother, my children know who they are and they were created in the image of God. So God created a male and a female and that’s it. There are only two genders,” said said Gemma.
“Why do they think it’s appropriate to teach this to a third grader? It’s not appropriate. So many children in Pennsylvania are struggling to master their skills, especially after the long disruptions of the mitigation of COVID-19,” Eileen said.
“The [Pennsylvania Department of Education] must stop spending money and school hours on leftist indoctrination and focus on academics. I think that’s something most parents and teachers, regardless of political affiliation, agree on.”
Proponents of teaching gender ideology in schools say it helps maintain tolerance and an environment of acceptance for LGBTQ+ youth. According to Trevor Project, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ+ inclusion, “[O]One in three young transgender people said they had attempted suicide, almost a third said they had been sexually abused, and more than half said they had experienced a two-week period of depression.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education previously told Fox News in a statement that it is crucial to “support all learners” and help them feel “welcome in their schools and communities.”
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One of the web pages included an article written by an activist, who said: “The best indicator of success for a gender-differentiated child is whether that child is receiving support at home and from teachers.
Republican. State Representative Barbara Gleim said, “I think a lot of this is coming from the Biden administration through its executive orders.”
“I’m not anti-trans, but these discussions have a time and a place. And I don’t think elementary school [and] college are the time or place for these discussions,” she added.
Kara Kowalski of York, Pennsylvania said, “I’m not a parent, but I have three nieces who are young. They’re eight, six, and three. And I spend pretty much every day and every second that I can with them. . I’m gay myself. But I don’t agree with all that.”
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Fox News Digital also spoke with feminist “Abolition Sex” writer Kara Dansky, who has spoken out against the gender identity movement.
“I think what we’re seeing is a vicious combination of hatred of women and greed,” she said. “I absolutely think our society should be accepting of people who don’t want to conform to gender stereotypes. That’s a good thing. We’ve been saying for decades that women in particular should be able to transcend gender stereotypes. And we should defend and accept that,” she said.
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“But it’s very different for a school or an education department trying to persuade kids that they’re actually the opposite sex,” she added. “It’s extremely dangerous.”
“It may seem unrelated, but these efforts to use different kinds of pronouns are deliberately designed to disassociate our minds from the material reality of biological sex,” Dansky said. “It might seem like a good thing to do to refer to someone using their ‘preferred pronouns’, but the problem is that it desensitizes us. And…it decouples our minds from the material reality of sex.”