For the last few years, our moral and cultural opponents have mocked our predictions, telling us that we are deluded, that there is no slippery slope, that the scenarios we warn about are just figments of our overactive, fundamentalist imagination. Are they right?
Last August, I wrote an article entitled, “Boys Will Be Girls Will be Boys,” adapting the title of the article from a 2004 coloring book called Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls. (The purpose of this children’s book was to deconstruct “traditional gender roles.”)
In the article, I discussed Assembly Bill 1266 which had just been passed in California, allowing students in grades K-12 not only to choose which bathroom they used, based on their perceived gender, but also to choose which sports team they played on (meaning, the boys’ team or the girls’ team), using the respective locker rooms as well.
As I explained, this meant that “18-year-old Sam, who is convinced he is actually Sally, can not only come to school dressed as a girl and use the girls’ bathroom, he can play on the girls’ basketball team and use their locker room too.”
Needless to say I was ridiculed for making this comment and scolded for my lack of understanding.
Well, on February 14th it was announced that a 17-year-old male student, who now identifies as a female (but who has had no sex change surgery or even hormonal treatments), and who played on the freshman baseball team (as a male) will be playing on the girls’ softball team.
This did not sit well with Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, who commented to FoxNews.com, “It is categorically unfair to biological girls to have to compete with a sexually-confused young man with stronger upper body strength, who makes the game board decidedly ‘unequal.’”
Interestingly, Iran recently banned a number of players on its women’s soccer team because they were biologically male (or had other sexual issues) with news reports stating that, “Footballers in Iran’s professional women’s league are to undergo mandatory gender tests to establish that they are fully female.
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, includingLine of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.