School Board Says Boys and Girls Have Different Brains — Except in the Bathroom

So do biological gender differences matter, or is any reference to "biological sex" bigoted?

By Cathy Ruse Published on November 7, 2018

One of the most liberal school systems in the country wants parents to know that boys and girls are built differently. Except when that truth is not politically convenient.

The Fairfax County (Virginia) School Board announced an upcoming workshop for parents. It’s called “Jack’s Brain, Jill’s Brain: Gender Differences and Why They Matter.” The workshop will feature child psychologists discussing how “girls and boys learn differently.” Apparently, “rapidly emerging research” shows that “the brains of females and males are developmentally, structurally and functionally different.”

But, do they really mean this? After all, this is the school board that voted to teach children that biological sex is meaningless.

A Seach-and-Destroy Mission

Last spring by a vote of 10-2, the nation’s 10th largest school system made a search-and-destroy mission through its 80 hours of Sex Ed (per student). Every reference to human beings having a “biological sex” of male or female was removed. Children are now taught that “sex is assigned at birth” and subject to change.

Parents and taxpayers in Fairfax County tried to stop them. When the proposal was open to public comment, over 1,000 comments came in and 83% opposed the change. But the school board had no interest in the views of parents and people who pay their salaries. Only in pushing their brand of sex politics on the children under their control.

No one is born a boy or girl. Some girls have penises. Don’t be a hater.

So, is biological sex meaningful? When a school-sponsored psychologist says so, it’s science. But when parents make the same point before the school board, it’s rank bigotry.

It’s impossible to square the curriculum changes with the upcoming parent workshop. The school board is either lying to the children or they’re lying to the parents.

Well, they’re lying to the children; but it’s even worse than that.

Psychological Child Abuse

Teaching children they might be born in the wrong body is psychological child abuse. That’s according to the American College of Pediatricians. It is not uncommon for children approaching puberty to experience a rise in anxiety. Thankfully, only a tiny fraction of them will become confused about their sex. Most will grow out of this confusion.

In fact, up to 98% of boys and 88% of girls will experience an end to their sex confusion after naturally passing through puberty. That’s according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition.

But what if a school system heaps “affirmation” on the child’s confusion? Will fewer boys come to accept their male bodies? Will more girls schedule mastectomies? How many more?

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A recent peer-reviewed study by Dr. Lisa Littman of Brown University explored the alarming trend of adolescents suddenly announcing they’re in the wrong body. Her research included the outsized role social pressure plays in this phenomenon.

In one case, a 12-year-old girl was bullied for going through puberty early. She told her parents that “she felt fat and hated her breasts,” having learned online that hating your breasts is a sign of being transgender. In another, a 14-year-old girl and her friends were taking lessons from a popular coach. When the coach came out as transgender, within a year all the girls in the group announced they were transgender too.

The “social contagion” aspect is reminiscent of anorexia nervosa, and there are other similarities. To the anorexic patient, losing weight is the solution to the problem, not part of the problem. The “drive to transition,” writes Littman, could be a “maladaptive coping mechanism” to “avoid feeling other strong or negative emotions.”

Profound Consequences

Fairfax County kids are now told that people can transition to a sex that matches their “gender identity.” And it’s all sunshine and roses. No warnings about what lies down this path.

Puberty-blockers are serious business. Puberty suppression and cross-sex hormones can stunt a child’s growth, impair memory, and render a person infertile for life. You cannot walk back up this road. What’s more, there are no scientific studies on the use of these drugs on children.

The next step is radical surgical removal of healthy organs, and pressure is mounting to allow this surgery at younger and younger ages. And then there are the tragic stories from the growing community of “de-transitioners” who regret what they have done to their bodies. Their lives do no fit the happy narrative.

Fairfax County has been awfully cavalier about a subject with such profound consequences.

After the school board voted that “biological sex is meaningless,” parents fighting the system said it felt like the board was conducting an experiment on other people’s children. Even The Washington Post referred to this and other areas of the country as “laboratories” for policy.

The Post, summarizing a quote from David Aponte, co-chair of the advocacy group GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) in Northern Virginia, said: “Northern Virginia and California have served as laboratories for policies regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.”

On the other hand, scrubbing male/female “biological sex” from lessons did bring the curriculum in line with the school board’s new code of conduct on transgenderism.

In 2015, the school board voted to open girls’ bathrooms, showers, and sports teams to biological boys, and vice versa. If biological sex has no meaning, boy bodies are no different than girl bodies, despite what your lying eyes tell you.

Science or Bigotry?

The Fairfax County transgender policy was hurried to a vote with only two weeks’ notice to the public. Why? On the basis that it was needed to counter harassment and discrimination. One savvy parent filed a Freedom of Information Act request. As it turns out, not a single discrimination complaint had been received by the school board.

But evidence doesn’t matter when you’re a leftist school board on a reckless crusade. The board refused to consider that imposing these sweeping changes in the name of non-discrimination could pave the way for discrimination against other students — like making playing fields un-level for girls, or taking away the private spaces biological girls need. If you’re a boy who wants to shower with the girls, just call yourself a trans-girl. In Fairfax County, girls no longer have the right to object.

The policy is currently implemented on a school-by-school basis, but transgender activists have never been satisfied to let principals work out the details.

In 2016, in consultation with a trans advocate, the school board drafted regulations to impose system-wide speech and conduct mandates. The mandates included the forced use of false pronouns and the creation of teacher “affirmation” teams to help students transition to another sex.

On the eve of the vote, the regulations were tabled. But judging from the rhetoric at recent school board meetings, they might return, and soon.

So, is biological sex meaningful? When a school-sponsored psychologist says so, it’s treated as science. But when parents make the same point before the school board, it’s treated as rank bigotry.

In Fairfax County, where they love to play sex politics, it just depends on whom you ask.

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  • jgmusgrove

    It is time for a recall election for the school board, or at least a slate of candidates for the next election that will garner parental support.

  • Andrew Mason

    Reckless crusade, or reckless jihad? The Leftist board wasn’t seeking to end an abuse but to impose one.

  • Gerrard

    Wouldn’t be too concerned. Most kids know that adults talk a lot of rubbish quite a lot of the time.

  • Stephen D

    Consider parents who encourage and then assist their child to undergo sex change. On one level this is a delusion. On another level it is child abuse. More importantly, it can be a sign of psychiatric illness on the part of the parent (usually the mother). The name of the psychiatric illness is Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy. Look it up!

  • Our Lord is not going to allow this twisting of our children’s minds to go on for long. Every nasty teacher promoting the transgender LIE is going to pay dearly, many of them for all eternity. Our God does not like the vile liars harming his young ones.

  • mnemonicmike

    Too many of the white liberal parents I know from Fairfax County are complete, Far Left Idiots. It has to be something in the water because it’s way too common. However, it’s Evolution in action … let them kill their own children. That’s just the way it goes.

  • Trilemma

    Research indicates that the brains of people who are transgender are different. Doesn’t mean a transgender girl should use the girl’s locker room.

    • Royce E. Van Blaricome

      Research indicates that the brains of people who are slaves to sin are different. Doesn’t mean the Great Physician can’t do corrective surgery.

      • Trilemma

        If you’re saying a person who is transgender is a slave to sin, then what do you base that belief on? Do you have a Bible verse that says being transgender is a sin?

        • Royce E. Van Blaricome

          I base that belief on God’s Word.

          Yes, I do. In fact, I’ll give you four.

          “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:26-27)

          “He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female” (Mat 19:4)

          “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” (Rom 1:24-28)

          “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” (Eph 2:1-3)

          • Trilemma

            You’re going to have to connect the dots for me. I don’t see transgenderism in any of those verses. Genesis says God created Adam and Eve and that he made them male and female. It doesn’t say he created any other people. After God created Adam and Eve, people started creating people. If people who don’t match your cookie cutter idea of male and female means they’re slaves to sin then that would mean people who are unisex are slaves to sin and people who are XY women are slaves to sin.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            When the spiritually dead try to read the Book of Life it’s like a blind man trying to read a road map before hopping in the car to drive. You have to get a heart transplant before you can have eyes to see.

            Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” (John 8:47)

            “The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1st Cor. 2:14)

            “There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.” (2nd Peter 3:16)

            Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to give us an instruction in Matt. 7:6 so one has to ask themselves: “Why would the Holy Spirit violate His own instruction?” When the Holy Spirit comes as Jesus says He will in John 16:8 and does what is said that He will, one then has to ask why they think the Holy Spirit is gonna illuminate the spiritually-dead mind with more Light to the deeper things of God when they have already rejected the Light they have already been given. (Matt. 13:12) Every tried to feed a baby steak & potatoes?

          • Trilemma

            If you can’t explain why you believe Gen 1:26-27, Mat 19:4, Rom 1:24-28 and Eph 2:1-3 say that a person who is transgender is a slave to sin then it’s obvious you’re seeing something that’s not there. “Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,” 2Thessalonians 2:11.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            No, what’s obvious is that you’re still just as spiritually-dead and blind as you have been the whole time you’ve been trolling this page. What’s further obvious is that you can’t even comprehend simple English.

            And what’s most obvious is that you do exactly what your daddy, Satan, does and tells you to do. Twist not Scripture lest you be like Satan who quoted Scripture to Jesus for his own purposes too. 2nd Thes. 2:11 follows Verse 3 so it doesn’t even apply yet. And it sits between Verses 10 & 12 which so it actually applies to YOU should the day come that you are still alive when Verse 3 comes to pass.

            “and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2Th 2:10-12)

            THAT’S YOU, bub. Just let ’em talk, folks! Just let ’em talk! They ALWAYS expose themselves for who they are. As if he hasn’t already.

            So, let me try something that might help you. I’ll take God’s Word spoken to us, His children, and change them to show what it says to YOU. Perhaps that will sink in.

            And you are dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you walk according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them you live in the lusts of your flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and are by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:1-3)

            And there it is. Slave to Self, Sin, & Satan.

            “Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.”
            (John 8:34)

            “It was the same way with us. When we were children, we were slaves to the principles of this world. But when the right time came, God sent his Son into the world. A woman gave birth to him, and he came under the control of God’s laws. God sent him to pay for the freedom of those who were controlled by these laws so that we would be adopted as his children.” (Gal 4:3-5)

  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    Thanks to The Stream for publishing this article and informing those who come here to read it. Now it is up to the rest of us to spread the word and inform as many others as we can. It’s not enough for us to be informed and keep the knowledge to ourselves.

    We must take the light that has been given to us & let it shine on as many others as possible.

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