Elizabeth Warren seemed to know that lots of voters might stumble across her It Gets Better video. She managed to avoid all mention of sex and sexuality and even seems to attempt to distance herself from the subject right off the bat, noting that she hasn’t lived that life. OK. Here’s a transcript, with my punctuation:
“I’m Elizabeth Warren and you may be wondering what I have to say to you. After all, I haven’t lived your life. (sigh) But, when I graduated from college, I was a school teacher, and I watched what happens, in hallways, on sidewalks, out in the schoolyard. I watched kids who pushed, who bullied. I saw how much pain some kids could inflict on other kids.
But you know what happens? It does Get Better. It gets better because you are not alone. There are people who care about you. People who love you. Reach out! Find friends! And if it feels too hard, call the Trevor Project. 866-4U-TREVOR.
Because here’s what you’ll find: There are a lot of different people out there in this world, and a lot of people who celebrate those differences. That’s what makes us strong. That’s what makes us exciting. So, hang in there, it gets better.
That has got to be the most generic It Gets Better video out there, her words, her experience as a teacher, sounds like it could apply to all the kids that face bullies and feel hopeless, be they nerdy shy kids, religious kids, foreign kids, kids with health issues or learning disabilities, etc. Maybe she does intend to be assuring all those kids that it gets better. But if so, she shouldn’t be directing all those kids to the Trevor Project, which is an explicitly gay-affirming hotline for kids feeling depressed and suicidal. I am not sure, but I highly doubt that the operators assure kids that they are not gay and don’t have to be gay if they don’t want to be, or direct them to any resources to help them develop a healthy adult sexuality.
The Trevor Project website clearly states its mission: “The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.”
Note the inclusion of Transgender. This site spreads the lie that people can change their sex and be whatever sex they want, and that doing so can improve their happiness:
Here’s an example of the kind of thing kids learn about by visiting the TrevorProject. They may not just be gay, they may have the wrong body parts! This is someone’s blog entry on the “TrevorSpace” blog for LGBTQ kids and their “allies” (a term which is offensive to me, as those “allies” are their worst enemies).
I grew up in a small suburban town thinking that my gender was fixed when I was born and that there were no other options in terms of exploring my gender and determining what made me feel most comfortable. During my childhood and throughout adolescence, I was always known as the “tomboy” and it was pretty accepted by my family, friends and the community at large. Yet, I remember so vividly looking forward to Halloween each year because it was a chance to dress up as a “boy” in some fashion. At the time, I wasn’t sure why I liked it so much, but now in hindsight, I can see why those experiences were so exciting and liberating for me. When I first felt disconnected between my mind and my body, I didn’t perceive changing completely from one sex to another as a very clear, easy and satisfying solution. Whereas some people feel strongly that they were born into the “wrong” body, I felt like I was born with some body parts that matched how I felt on the inside and some that didn’t. I knew that I was born female but felt more male, and I didn’t know why or how to articulate this deep unexplainable awareness. Whenever someone asks me how I know that I am a boy, I throw the question right back at them and ask how they know they are a girl or a boy. What makes a person male or female? It’s not a very easy question to answer, but so many people have a difficult time coming up with answers that do not fall under the categories of physical characteristics or socially constructed gender attributes. Many people find it challenging to not make assumptions about one’s gender based on these real, perceived, and stereotypical characteristics. One of the first things people notice and want to immediately label about people when they meet them is their gender.
Thinking outside the box means to think differently or unconventionally; essentially from a new perspective. To be able to recognize, perceive and/or experience gender outside the box enables us as individuals and as a society to look at and accept gender outside the binary system of male and female. It is ingrained in us when we are born that we must fit into this very rigid system of being one extreme or another. We can only be female or male, woman or man, masculine or feminine, gay or straight. However, there is actually an entire spectrum of colors and identities that exist in this diverse world that we live in today. Perhaps you were born a girl, and you now identify as a boy, or you were born a boy and you now identify as a girl. Or, maybe you choose not to have a label. All of these genders fall outside the dual system of male and female. Sometimes a person may think of themselves as being both male and female, or as being neither male nor female. Or, some people may experience their gender as fluid. It may sound complicated to some people, but it feels so right to those who feel this way. For many people who have these experiences, they feel comfortable identifying as “genderqueer.” Some genderqueer people desire having certain features and characteristics of the opposite sex, while others do not wish to change anything related to their appearance or social behaviors. Having a genderqueer identity is separate from sexual orientation. Someone who is genderqueer may also identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual or straight.
Many young people are coming out as genderqueer and it is starting to force people to change their beliefs and perceptions about gender. In the LGBTQ community and in mainstream society, people are starting to redefine what gender means to them and look at the relationship between sex, gender identity and sexual orientation in a whole new light. Many agencies who strive to become more accepting of LGBTQ people have opted to add a third gender category to their administrative forms for people who identify outside the spectrum of male and female. As a trans/genderqueer person, I may often still find myself having to check off a box for male or female on a given form, but ultimately, I know that I can live and be any gender I feel most comfortable with. One of my passions and lifelong goals is to challenge people to think about and accept gender outside the box.
Does Elizabeth Warren believe that kids should be taught they can change sex, and that they might even be able to reproduce as the other sex, or with someone of their own sex? I think it is cruel to teach people that their sex might be wrong and that they should consider changing it. It creates a huge new entitlement, and becomes especially expensive and troubling when reproductive technologies enter the picture, because then it isn’t just a question of cross-dressing or asking people to call you “Sheila” it now involves other people being created using experimental reproductive technologies that affect their genes and futures. It won’t get better if people can reproduce as either sex, it will be much more expensive and intrusive and difficult. It will get better when we end the science fiction fantasy of Postgenderism and Transhumanism, and prohibit genetic engineering of people, and affirm everyone’s equal right to be heterosexual and marry someone of the other sex and for all marriages to procreate sexually using their own genes. Yes there are intersexed and gay people and many others who will not do those things, but nevertheless everyone has a right to be their natural sex and to their highest natural reproductive potential, as the sex they were born most likely able to reproduce as.