neptune posted a comment · Dec 07, 2019
Hey nathanz, thanks for relating that example. Wow, that's sickening. Nowadays, it seems that the best option for many is either private school or homeschooling. When I was in public school, there were a lot of problems (especially bullying, which unfortunately I experienced my fair share of), but nothing like the horror show we hear about today. I feel truly sorry for kids who have to grow up in the nightmare that our society rapidly seems to be becoming. :(
nathanz posted a comment · Dec 06, 2019
Regarding the topic of transgender bathrooms/privacy, women and girls should have the right to privacy. I also want to point out that many boys and men have a sense of decency and privacy too. There are multiple instances I could bring up of male students having their privacy violated. Take for instance, the Boyertown Area School District, who without informing parents or students, opened its high school locker rooms and restrooms to students of the opposite sex based on those students’ beliefs about their gender. There were male students who learned of their schools’ policy while they were undressing in their locker rooms and discovered that a female student was changing clothes with them. The boys were embarrassed and confused and sought help from school officials. Yet the school officials told the boys to “tolerate it.” The boys shouldn't have to. We are all human beings and we all have parts of our body that are private. It isn’t right that anyone, male or female, should have their right to privacy taken.
Skeptic posted a comment · Dec 03, 2019
I'm glad that my daughter is able to attend a private school where humanist values are being taught. Her transgender class mate is treated like a human, like the girl she is. It's that simple. Thankfully, all the "issues" you are addressing here are not relevant for any practical purposes. She is shielded from your so-called "Christian love and compassion" and can grow up like a normal teenager. What makes me sad is that so many transgender teens are having a totally different experience. Dr. Brown, you are in part responsible. You are not impacted at all by someone changing their sex, it's all hyperbole you are writing about, but yet you are obsessed with it, just to push your own agenda.
neptune posted a comment · Dec 03, 2019
Well-balanced article. I first encountered a transgender on my job nearly 20 years ago. When I started working there, Bill was still a male. But in a couple of years, he decided that he wanted to be "Brenda" instead. (He stayed married to his wife, though.) I decided that if I ever needed to refer to him by name, I would try to use his last name whenever possible. For the most part, though, I think I avoided addressing him by name. A few years later, he told me something very interesting. He said that before his sex change, he used to get pretty good annual reviews. But then he said that after he "transitioned," our boss would give him straight 1's for his performance. Obviously, our boss (who was from Pakistan) was grading him however he wanted to. Although I didn't agree with Bill's decision to transition, I was shocked that he was being given such unfair reviews.