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September 13 2019

New BBC Educational Video: Hey, Kids, There Are 100 Genders!

by Charlotte Hays

In a new BBC video, designed to be distributed to school children, a little boy asks, “What are the different gender identities?” The head teacher answers, “That’s a really, really exciting question.”

The answer, according to the BBC video for kids, is that there are at least a hundred different genders. Exciting? How about terminally confusing to kids?

And there are indications that an increasing number of kids are expressing confusion about their sexual identities.

According to a report in the Sun newspaper, the  Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust received 2,519 referrals last year from kids, some as young as three, with gender identity problems. And that was before the BBC video!

The Sun newspaper describes the new BBC video video:

he video then cuts to Kate Daniels, a Relationships and Sex Education teacher, who says: “You know there are so many gender identities.

“We know that we have got male and female, but there are over 100, if not more, gender identities now.

“People might think they’re bi-gender and then you’ve got some people who might call themselves gender-queer, who are just like: ‘I don’t really want to be anything in particular. I am just going to be me.’”

The Royal College of General Practitioners recognises six genders in a recent position statement.

These are male, female, gender-neutral, non-binary, gender-fluid and gender-queer.

Telegraph columnist Celia Walden comments on the BBC video:

Even by today’s Emperor’s New Clothes gender diversity narrative, 100 is pushing it. ‘Woke’ Facebook currently lists 71 complex and hilariously repetitive options for those who feel manacled by the oh-so-reductive ‘male’ and ‘female’.

Walden picks up in particular on the idea of “just being me”:

Self-expression may have been prized since Ancient Egyptians first began daubing hieroglyphics, but not until the 1960s did it start becoming fetishised in the way it is today, when ‘expressing yourself’ no longer means appreciating individuality and producing something of wider cultural value to be enjoyed by others – a work of art, say, that might enrich the world around you – but folding in on yourself and behaving in an unashamedly selfish way.

One critic of the BBC video seems to believe it veers into fantasy land:

Stephanie Davies-Arai, founder of Transgender Trend, which represents parents concerned about and increase in diagnosis of kids as transgender, told the Sunday Times: “This is made-up nonsense.

“People are free to identify as anything they like, but this does not change the reality that there are only two sexes.

What a stick in the mud.

 

 

 





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