Oh, those lovable morning propaganda mouthpieces over at “Fox and Friends” — you just have to love them. Over the years the show has produced clip after clip of confounded conservatives discussing the changing world around them, heads scratching all the way. This week is no exception of course. In this installment of “Fox and Friends Luddites Don’t Get The Modern Era At All,” we see Gretchen, Michelle, and the two interchangeable white males discussing California’s new anti-bullying law aimed at keeping transgender students out of harm’s way in public schools.
This clip really gets to the heart of what’s so sad about modern social conservatives. They just don’t understand what it’s like to be an oppressed minority, and for some reason they actually get mad at the minority groups for simply asking not to be abused. It’s as if it’s the weaker party’s fault simply for being outnumbered, and it’s disgusting. It’s not that these four flapping faces can’t sympathize with transgender teenagers — it’s just that they refuse to do so. They’d rather be representative of the confused, scared and paranoid fringe of our society than to come on their airwaves and explain why this bill is so important.
This bill won’t invite straight people to just swap bathrooms and intramural sports willy-nilly. This law will make it so that teenagers who have undergone or are undergoing gender reassignment can feel safe and secure. Isn’t that what everyone wants? The truth is that adolescent years are scary for even the most hetero-normative among us, but for a teenager who also happens to be LGBT, it can be especially traumatic. It’s already hard to feel loved and accepted when you’re a raging ball of emotions and developing hormones. Throw in one of the most psychologically and physically harrowing life changes you can ever make, and you a have a rather small but vulnerable minority of students that just need a sympathetic place to land.
But in the end, it really is just complete ignorance to how the world has changed that drives these idiotic and frankly hurtful discussions. You can see it when Malkin unleashes this torrent of derp, “I think this is social engineering run amuck. Apparently, according to the bill that was signed, transgender is defined any way that they want to! As long as a child has the self-perception that they are transgender they will be able to go into any bathroom that they want!” Malkin suffers from the same disease that many of her colleagues do — ignorance and misinformation.
She doesn’t understand that the very thing she’s deriding is precisely the point of making these vulnerable children feel safe. Maybe those kids who “feel” a different gender than their own will never go through the final operation, and maybe they’ll even work out their pain in a way that helps them one day embrace their biological gender. None of that matters in the moment though, what matters is not losing those children to bullying and suicide, and if it means letting transgender kids use the bathroom of their choice, then what a small price to pay as a society for that comfort and peace of mind.
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