You can always tell when we are getting close to Christmas, because the Scrooges start coming out, seeking to wreck things for everyone. And increasingly we are finding that the secular left is producing heaps of miserable Scrooges. They seem to hate Christmas and anyone who dares to celebrate it.
Consider the latest lunacy, proudly brought to you by the gender warriors. This short news item is painful to read, but we must know about the scurrilous Scrooges who have declared war on us:
Parents are being urged to buy their little boys a Barbie for Christmas this year as part of No Gender December. Good Education Group chief executive officer Chris Lester is supporting the grassroots campaign, which is encouraging parents to avoid buying their children gender-marketed gifts.
“Kids should be free to decide which toys interest them, without being informed by gendered marketing that something is ‘for them’ or ‘not for them’,” a statement on the No Gender December website says. In a blog post, Mr Lester said the movement correlated with the perception that STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) fields were dominated by men and avoided by women.
“Just as toy stores typically separate ‘girls’ from ‘boys’ toys, workplaces tend to be sharply divided between ‘pink’ and ‘blue’ jobs,” he wrote. Earlier this month, the Institution for Engineering and Technology warned that gendered gifts could be turning young girls away from careers in technology and engineering.
The IET found boys were almost three times as likely as girls to receive science and maths toys for Christmas.
Mr Lester said there was a new wave of toys specifically being marketed as gender-neutral to encourage more girls to explore their interest in STEM. “It might not be a quick fix but getting behind No Gender December is a good start to redressing this imbalance,” he said in his blog post.
“That means that the best present for your daughter this Christmas may not necessarily be a nerf gun, but rather a ‘Jewelbot’, a ‘Roominate set’ or ‘Goldieblox’,” he wrote. The No Gender December campaign started in 2014 by advocacy group Play Unlimited.
Yep, let’s just declare a full-scale war on biology, on science, on reality, and on little boys and girls. Let’s pretend there is no such thing as male and female, and let’s force every child to fit into the cultural Marxist gender fluidity madness.
Hating on our children is a sure sign of Scrooge-ism to me. Why can’t these radical social engineers just leave our innocent children alone for a change? Why must they always target them with their sinister adult agendas? Even the Scrooge character in the Dickens’ novel primarily targeted only adults.
As can be seen, this moonbattery is not new. I wrote about this two years ago when it was first being pushed, especially by a loony Greens Senator who claimed that gender toys for kids was tied up with “domestic violence and the gender pay gap.” Yes you read that right.
But despite all the militancy and activism of the gender benders, we know that in the real world there are two sexes, male and female, and they are fundamentally different. Back in 2007 Warwick Marsh and I produced a booklet entitled 21 Reasons Why Gender Matters which dealt with all this.
Although just 24 pages in length, it was a well-researched volume with 176 footnotes. Along with a team of experts, we sought to make the case that everyone but the ideologues already knows: men and women are different, and these differences should be celebrated, not attacked, minimised or trampled on.
Let me offer here just the first of those 21 reasons:
1. Gender uniqueness and complementarity means that each gender has a unique contribution to work, society and interpersonal communication that cannot be filled by the other gender in its entirety.
Sex differences are real and must be affirmed and celebrated. Human beings are hardwired differently according to sex. There are real differences, for example in the brain, which cannot and should not be meddled with by social engineers. Thus the push for complete gender role interchangeability, unisexuality and androgyny is to be rejected. Men and women bring unique and complementary skills, abilities, gifts and talents to relationships, to work, to society, and to one another. As one expert has put it, “Sex differences are large, deeply rooted and consequential. Men and women still have different natures, and, generally speaking, different preferences, talents and interests… These differences can be explained in part by hormones and other physiological and chemical distinctions between men and women. Thus they won’t disappear unless we tinker with our fundamental biological natures.”
Yet various social engineers, including extreme feminists and homosexual activists, have sought to ignore or minimise these inherent differences. Their attempts have led to social and personal upheaval. Nature cannot be so easily thwarted.
Indeed, family expert Allan Carlson speaks of the “overwhelming medical, social, and psychological evidence affirming the naturalness and critical importance of traditional sex roles”. Or as sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox argues, “The primary problem with this androgynous impulse is that it does not recognize the unique talents that men and women bring to the most fundamental unit of society: the family. A growing body of social scientific evidence confirms what common sense and many of the world’s religions tell us: Men and women do indeed bring different gifts to the parenting enterprise. Consequently, at all levels of social life – the international, national, and local – public policies, cultural norms, and social roles should be organized to protect rather than prohibit the complementary parenting styles that fathers and mothers bring to family life.”
He goes on to show, for example, how vital the complementarity of the sexes is for parenting, according to the social sciences research. “Research on parenting styles and family structure indicates that sex-differentiated parenting helps children in important ways. A review of research on parenting in Child Development found that children of parents who engaged in sex-typical behaviour where the mother was more responsive/nurturing and the father was more challenging/firm were more “competent” than children whose parents did not engage in sex-typical behaviour. Another study of adolescents found that the best parenting approach was one in which parents were highly responsive and highly demanding of their children.”
In these and many other ways, the differences between men and women clearly make a difference. Each gender makes a unique contribution to each other, to families, and to society as a whole.
Yet the gender militants want to destroy all this and force us into a world devoid of male and female, and insist upon millions of genders and sexualities instead. Talk about warring against reality. These activists have their feet planted firmly in mid-air. We could simply dismiss them as the moonbeams they clearly are, but sadly they have too much influence in government, academia and elsewhere.
Dickens said this about Ebenezer Scrooge: “The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, made his eyes red, his thin lips blue, and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice…” Hmmm, why does one easily imagine that this image nicely fits all those who want to ruin Christmas, and especially ruin the lives of our vulnerable children?