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Old 01-05-2012, 12:06 PM   #51 (permalink)
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I read that gender dysmorphic children relate to mermaids because of their indeterminate genitalia.
But they're still signs of gender, mermen have short hair and carry a trident, while mermaids wear a pair of seashells or coconuts or have very long flowing hair covering their coconuts so you know they are female.
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:34 PM   #52 (permalink)
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But they're still signs of gender, mermen have short hair and carry a trident, while mermaids wear a pair of seashells or coconuts or have very long flowing hair covering their coconuts so you know they are female.
Exactly how many Merfolk would you say you associate with and know personally?
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:40 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Do you think institutions which primarily serve very young children (elementary schools, for example) should be allowed to fire employees for being transgender?
It's definitely wrong to fire someone based on them being simply transgendered. If I had a kid I'd have no qualms of them having a transgender nursery or primary school teacher. I don't see why should they be treated differently.
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:37 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Could you elaborate on that more because I don't understand how that could be. Not the mermaid piece, but the genitalia piece.
I'm not really sure. I'm not gender dysmorphic. I guess it might be because the children think that the only thing separating them from being the gender they feel they are is their genitalia. It is in a way. Anyone can cut or grow out their hair or pick up a trident or some coconut shells.

This article mentions Disney's The Little Mermaid in particular:

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Ariel’s Cinderella story parallels the transgender wish to such an extent one can really not ignore the obvious. Ariel wishes to become a ‘real girl’ by changing her body and is told that she cannot, and ultimately does lose her tail for a couple of legs. That combined with her long flowing hair and other Disney-esque attributes of beauty make her a super heroine for a transgender child. She is the epitome of feminine beauty while having a non-traditional body. She is told she can’t be a girl and do what girls do, and yet she does.
The association with transgender little girls and an obsession with mermaids has been talked about so much it's become a bit of a cliche but there are definitely a lot of children that identify with them.
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huh? i'm sure mermaids have fish vagina

and mermen have fish penis
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I think kids should be taught about respecting diversity in general. Maybe Disney films aren't the place for it, but the classroom sure is.
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I think kids should be taught about respecting diversity in general.
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I think kids should be taught about respecting diversity in general. Maybe Disney films aren't the place for it, but the classroom sure is.
The classroom? Why the classroom?
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Maybe parents can't be trusted to do it at home these days?
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:36 AM   #60 (permalink)
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Maybe parents can't be trusted to do it at home these days?
These days? When were they more tolerant, 1953?

My question about the classroom stems from this:

1. Teachers are already overburdened, over regulated, and held to a stringent curriculum in states where standardized testing exists.

2. What kid listens to their teacher? Moreover, what biggot kid listens to his teacher?

3. What is the purpose of the teacher and is this really what they should be doing?
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