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        Jerry Brown, the governor of California, signed a bill that tells school kids from Kindergarten up that they can decide what they believe their "gender identity" is and act accordingly. They then can choose to use the boy's or girl's restroom or locker room, based on whether they "feel" male or female, not whether they are anatomically one or the other. One Dr. Keith Ablow has made some comments regarding Governor Brown's reasoning that I believe should be repeated to get a better perspective of what the implications of that bill could be.
        Dr. Ablow feels that the mere fact that teachers and administrators will have to explain to Kindergarten and 1st graders that they might see boys in girl's restrooms and girls in boy's restrooms, who aren't kids of the gender they appear to be, that just might harm the developing sense of self of the kids suggesting that gender is fluid and that it might change and that they should be on the lookout for signs that they want to switch. He adds that "children have enough to deal with as they struggle to feel comfortable with their bodies with the notion of privacy and with later changes involving puberty."
        Dr. Ablow suggests that telling 3rd, 7th, or 10th grade boys that they should feel comfortable with females walking into a restroom and seeing them urinating, or the boys pulling down their pants to change into football gear could, he feels, "shake girls' faith in any form of reality, as to whether or not they are going to turn into men, suppressing the truth that they are actually women."
        Has Jerry brown finally lost his sense of values? Are we somehow approaching the last straws in the maniacal form of liberal governing in America? Would the girl who "wants" to be a boy dress as a boy in school? And vice versa? Could they change "feelings" mid-semester? Who makes the decision of gender, the student or the parent? Would be the different gender preferences be kept hidden, unknown to only a few administrators? Is this bill, backed by Brown, a catastrophe waiting to happen?
        There is a movement to put the bill's implementation on a ballot so that the parents can decide if that's the direction public education should be taking. At least there are a few sane legislators? Let's hope sanity prevails.
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