Pronoun Police Come For Middle Schoolers

Bizarre, but true.

For most people, the term “Title IX investigation” calls to mind allegations of rape, groping, unwanted sexual advances or a pervasive pattern of verbal abuse. 

Think again.  

A Wisconsin school district opened a Title IX sexual-harassment investigation against 8th graders for calling a student ‘her’ instead of ‘them.’ 

- Source: Wall Street Journal

The lawyers for those 8th graders continue their opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal with this:

The district appears to believe that once a student announces different pronouns to others, any subsequent use of the biologically and grammatically correct pronouns—even when not directed to the student—may be punishable as sexual harassment under Title IX. We hope Kiel (Wisconsin) is an outlier, but it may not be. 

A school board in Virginia is reportedly considering adding a policy to prohibit “malicious misgendering.” 

The Biden administration is about to unveil its long-awaited update to Title IX regulations and, given the president’s pronouncement that transgender discrimination is the civil-rights issue of our time, it wouldn’t be surprising if the new rules call for the policing of pronouns. 

All of this may soon be coming to a school near you.

- Source:  Wall Street Journal

UPDATE: The Fairfax County School Board was initially scheduled to consider this change to the Student Rights and Responsibilities guide at their May meeting, but they rescheduled discussion of the topic to June 16.

The past was far from perfect, but we did know the difference between boys and girls.

Rural School Room, 1900, by Perkins Harnly
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Parents and Citizens, get involved.

My take on Pronouns.


Love Refuses to Affirm Confusion