Right-Wing Media Translations: Nebraska School Gender Edition

Teachers to school in Nebraska: We get questions occasionally about gender issues. Please help us answer them without sounding like complete morons.

School to teachers: Here is a handout from an organization that specializes in these issues. The handout talks about gender-inclusive language, and suggests some things you might maybe someday kind of do if you want.

Wingnut media: OBAMAHITLER IS FORCING SCHOOLS TO BAN THE WORD BOYS BECAUSE EVERYBODY IS A QUEER NOW AND GIRLS CAN’T BE CALLED GIRLS AND EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE. THIS IS TRADITIONAL AMERICA YOU CANNOT OPEN A GENDERLESS FRENCH MIME SEX SCHOOL.

School, patiently: No. None of this is true. None of this is happening at all.

Wingnut media:

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Traditional media: Do these wingnuts have a point? It would be irresponsible not to ask just because the whole thing is so stupid and patently false and dumb and UGH. Let’s ask!

The district came under fire from conservatives after teacher-training materials prepared by an advocacy group and distributed at one school discouraged using terms like “boys & girls,” “you guys” and “ladies and gentlemen.”

School superintendent Steve Joel: I hate everybody in this room right now and wish you were all dead.

Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel said Thursday there’s “absolutely no truth” to news and blogger accounts that his district is mandating that teachers replace the terms boys and girls with gender-neutral terms.

Wingnut media: That clears things right up OH WAIT NO IT DOESN’T YOU LIE LIIIIAAARR.

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2 thoughts on “Right-Wing Media Translations: Nebraska School Gender Edition

  1. No more “boys & girls”! Henceforth, they are to be called “Comradlings”, and all schools are to be renamed “Benghazi”.

    Report counter-revolutionary splitters to the nearest Death Panel, where the Central Committee will decide whether to have UN helicopters snatch them and take them to FEMA re-education camps, or to just Obamacare them.

    You will receive further instructions on your Obamaphone.

  2. Time for the English classes to read Ann Leckie’s book that just one all the SF book prizes: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/07/hugo-novel-appreciation-ancillary-justice-ann-leckie

    It’s good. Network partitioning in a distributed AI, (lack of) gender, free (or not) will, a bit of the (end of) growth economics. And talking space ships, because hell, science fiction.

    I also liked book #2, I agree with its politics but thought perhaps they were deployed with a heavier hand.

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