Virginia’s Timberlake Christian School has threatened an eight-year-old and her family: Get more feminine, or don’t return.
For those who don’t wish to accept that women and girls who don’t confirm to femininity will always face prejudice and discrimination that feminine women don’t.
Women that conform to euro-centric standards of beauty get to be recognized and accepted as women.
Women that don’t… get kicked off of schools.
love the grandparents’ response
Her grandparents sound like good, logical supportive people but this lesson that people are only interested in being decent to her provided she conforms 100 percent to their idea of gender roles is one I would have hoped she could have been spared for a while.
Listening to the Principal’s letter yammer on about “God Ordained” gender I kept thinking…” Well what does that mean this year?” because its not like the manner of dress and presentation of gender has been uniform for thousands of years. Should she be wearing a head covering? It’s also completely problematic that the school is willing to attach a sexual orientation to an 8 year old girl just because a.) her hair is short , b.) she likes to play outside and c.) religious discrimination about homosexuality is a justifiable means for them to apply leverage to the situation even if there’s not any actual evidence of it considering gender roles and sexual orientation are not always neatly correlated. It’s just a really stupid thing to opt to alienate someone over this early in their development of self.