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VICTORIAN SCHOOLS ADOPT ANTI-PRIVILEGE FEMINIST CLUBS
“Feminist collectives” are springing up in Schools across the country as young women are presented with a grim picture of gender equality by new School programs that place “white, male privilege” and “hegemonic masculinity” at the root of family violence. Northcote High School, Brunswick Secondary College, Suzanne Cory High, St Helena Secondary College and the independent Korowa Anglican Girls School in Melbourne have followed Fitzroy High School in establishing feminist collectives in recent times. South Australia’s Glenunga High School also runs a feminism club that is offered to students as a co-curricular activity. Meanwhile, schools in Victoria and the ACT and internationally in Argentina, Brazil and Berlin have taken up the Fitzroy High School teaching resource, Fightback, despite concerns it over-simplifies the issue of violence in the community and potentially alienates boys and men.
Teachers are being encouraged to develop feminist collectives as part of the Victorian Labor government’s $21 million Respectful Relationships program to tackle family violence, which promotes Fightback as a classroom resource for students from Year 9 upwards. While heavily criticised by Victoria’s opposition, as well as several education experts, the program has attracted the support of Greens MP Adam Bandt and federal Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek, who said that “getting students talking about respectful relationships, including from a feminist perspective, is a great thing”. Mr Bandt said he was proud that young women in his electorate were behind the program. “Instead of trying to restart old battles, culture war conservatives would do well to remember that even Malcolm Turnbull calls himself a feminist now,” he said.
Designed to educate students about “negative attitudes that contribute to high rates of sexism and discrimination, and ultimately, violence against women”, Fightback paints a worrying picture of inequality in Australia. In one activity, students are told there are “common perceptions” about equality, including that women are already equal, that we are in a post-feminist era or that men suffer inequality too. Students are shown statistics on the pay gap between the sexes and women’s representation in politics, business, sport and film and are asked: “So, are we equal?” A recurring theme throughout the program, as with Respectful Relationships, is the notion of “privilege”: that some groups have advantages over others because of their birth identity.
“Being born white in Australia, you have advantages,” the guide says. “By being born male, you have advantages that you may not approve of or think you are entitled to, but that you gain anyway because of your status as male.” The Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective started in 2013 as a lunchtime book club that, according to its website, “revealed a sense of anger and frustration about gender inequality”. Education Minister James Merlino praised the program. “I always encourage students to pursue interests they are passionate about and to lead student projects and organisations,” he said. Opposition education spokesman Nick Wakeling said he had reservations about such programs and they would be scrapped by a Coalition state government. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said “the No 1 focus of our classrooms” should be on core skills, starting with literacy and numeracy.
Source: Compiled by APN from media reports
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POLL REVEALS HOW AUSTRALIANS REALLY FEEL ABOUT REDEFINING MARRIAGE
Sexton Market Research recently conducted a professional scale polling on behalf of Marriage Alliance Australia. They polled Australians, asking them to share how they truly feel about same-sex marriage. This is the largest, formal poll conducted in Australia on the subject. In their polling, Sexton Market Research discovered that the statistics regarding marriage redefinition in Australia are vastly different from what marriage equality activists would want us to believe. Here are some of their key findings:
On Redefining Marriage
Only 33% of respondents strongly support marriage redefinition.
Only 52% of respondents want to redefine marriage at all.
25% of respondents say they are undecided on marriage redefinition.
On Free Speech
Two-thirds of respondents are concerned that if the definition of marriage changes, free speech in the workplace will be restricted.
On Sex Education in Schools
More than half of respondents who support same-sex marriage still believe that parents should have a say in whatever sex education is being taught in their children’s schools.
65% of respondents do not want schoolkids to explore homosexuality and transgender ideas.
Most respondents reported that it would be concerning to them if the right of a parent to intervene in their children’s education was taken away. Notably, this right has been stripped in other countries where same-sex marriage was legalised.
On Other Known Consequences of Same-Sex Marriage
81% of same-sex marriage supporters are worried that the legalisation of same-sex marriage would remove ‘mum’ and ‘dad’ from their everyday language.
The vast majority of respondents are concerned about unisex public toilets, and the associated problems this poses for the general public.
Clearly, Australians are rightly concerned with the consequences that would accompany legalising same-sex marriage. It is obvious that even those who support redefining marriage are not confident that their rights and many other social norms would be protected from the legal and cultural implications of same-sex marriage. There is clearly more to same-sex marriage than supporters of same-sex marriage want us to know, and it is time that all Australians are told the truth about same-sex marriage.
Source: Marriage Alliance Australia
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TEENS ARE BECOMING TRANSGENDER BECAUSE IT’S TRENDY EXPERT SAYS
Children think it’s cool to be transgender and they’re trying the self-identity out in droves, claims an Australian psychiatrist. Psychiatrist Stephen Stathis, who runs the gender clinic at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and is responsible for diagnosing gender dysphoria, reports that “many” youth are “trying out being transgender” in order to stand out. Apparently, declaring oneself “transgender” is trendy. “One said to me, ‘Doctor Steve, I want to be transgender, it’s the new black,'” Stathis related. Dr. Stathis also says many girls want to be transgender as a result of sexual abuse. “The girls say, ‘If only I had been a male, I wouldn’t have been abused,'” Stathis explained. Some are so convinced their life would be better if they were the opposite sex that they do something drastic or permanent. “I’ve seen genital mutilation, some who try to cut off their penis,'” Stathis said.
Australia began a new, government-funded “gender service” for children at Lady Cilento Hospital, which expects to assess 180 youth this year. The goal of most of the gender-confused children is to get puberty blocking chemicals and/or sex change hormone treatment. Most patients, however, are simply going through a common phase of adolescent life, Stathis explained. Despite intense feelings of gender dysphoria, by the time boys and girls reach puberty, most identify as their birth gender. By early adulthood, they have outgrown their previous feelings of gender confusion. Because gender confusion is usually temporary and hormone blockers can cause permanent damage, Stathis requires his young patients to go through intense mental-health screenings. The paediatrician also insists that teens “socially transition” successfully before he proscribes sex-change drugs.
Online response to Dr. Stathis’ testimony was overwhelmingly against viewing transgenderism as healthy. “People should get it once and for all that transgender is a mental illness,” Jack posted. “You can put a rubber glove on a dog’s head and attach a feather-duster to its tail, but that don’t make it a chicken.” Helen noted that it “is pretty normal for many kids to hate their bodies. And eventually we get over it.” Other comments were deeper. “There is a reason why a child may feel as if they want to be the opposite sex,” one commenter wrote. “The question is, where does that idea or feeling come from? For a child to suddenly say that they desire to dress or act like the opposite sex means that something happened to the child, or they were exposed to something that caused the alteration in their perspective.”
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