Responsible Parenting is Such a Drag

This week, the online magazine Slate ran a disturbing photo-journal on a group of parents who are on the forefront of the culture wars by not merely allowing, but actively encouraging boys as young as three years-old to dress like girls and parade down a catwalk like a children’s version of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” The article talks about how great it is that there’s no bullying or inhibitions, but at some point these children are going to collide with the real world where dressing in drag is not acceptable unless you live in certain coastal pockets of extreme liberalism and work for an animal rights non-profit or an independent coffee shop–a maybe not even then.

Still from Lord of the Flies (1990), MGM Studios

Still from Lord of the Flies (1990), MGM Studios

Defenders of these parents will argue that old-fashioned notions like pants for boys and dresses for girls are just a product of our prudish and repressive patriarchal society. However, if gender is a mere social construct, so are hygiene and nutrition. Sure, what little boy wouldn’t want to eat candy bars all day and never take a bath? But that’s not how life works. We have rules for children so that the real world doesn’t turn into “Lord of the Flies” with grown-ups. One rule that has stood up pretty well over the years is that boys and girls are different, dress differently, and are expected to behave differently, especially when in each others’ company.

This perverted miniature burlesque show is only one symptom of the more general sexualization of youth epitomized by the toddler beauty pageants and swimsuit competitions made famous (or infamous) by the so-called “Learning Channel.” An analogous scenario would be if little Johnny came home from school one day and proudly declared to his parents that he will eat nothing but chocolate bars. Instead of providing a healthy correction to this impetuous and foolish behavior, it’s as if these parents burst out with glee, “Oh that’s so wonderful! We love chocolate too! Have as much as you want,” and then proceed to force-feed little Johnny until he gets sick.

Permissive Parenting Run Amok

Permissive Parenting Run Amok

Even Doctor Spock would agree that this is not responsible parenting. This story seems outlandish and rare now, but to the Left, this is not something horrifying and disturbing, but is a beautiful and wonderful affirmation of exactly what they are fighting for! The article even admits as much, that the LGBT agenda is really about changing “the way gender and sexuality are defined throughout society.” Liberals are not satisfied with simply giving grown adults the freedom to engage in whatever consensual promiscuity they see fit, but there is a totalitarian element that seeks to actively indoctrinate children to reject sexual norms.

As a consequence of this destruction of gender distinctions, gay marriage advocates find no contradiction when they claim that procreation is separate from marriage and the ability to conceive a child should not be a prerequisite for marriage. After all, there are plenty of heterosexual couples who are childless, whether by choice or because of infertility or sterility. Supporters of same-sex marriage believe that procreation as the union of male and female is irrelevant and that homosexuals are entitled to raise children exactly as if they were biologically capable of doing so.

Liberals would never accept a compromise solution that provided all of the legal and economic benefits of marriage to homosexuals but without allowing adoption or unnatural and dehumanizing methods of conception. We are told that marriage should not be defined by the ability to procreate (and thus limited to heterosexuals), but the desire to become parents is an essential part of this debate. However, the ability to have children is not a right to be defined ex nihilo by the state. Even if liberals were to succeed in their ambitious program of redefining gender throughout society, the law and public opinion still cannot substitute for biological fact. This is a gift that comes from God.

If You Want to Play With Hairstyles, Get a Poodle

If You Want to Play With Hairstyles, Get a Poodle

It is also a gift which is constantly being abused whether through manipulation or neglect. Children should not be fodder for the culture wars and their parents’ radical utopian fantasies. Neither boys nor girls should be dressed up like Barbie-dolls and paraded around like coiffed and manicured French poodles at a dog show. Children are not our toys or our pets. Parents should protect and nurture the innocence of youth instead of warping and twisting the impressionable minds of their children. For the best outcomes later in life, children need limits and security, not indulgence.

In an age when the Leviathan of the Bloombergian nanny-state commands parents how to raise their children, liberals know no limits when it comes to promoting healthy habits like a nutritious diet, plenty of exercise, and personal hygiene, but when it comes to sexual and mental health, the only advice that you will get from the Left is to do whatever feels good. Like the kid who ate nothing but candy-bars while at summer camp, sometimes just doing whatever feels good will leave you with a lot more than a stomach-ache.

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15 thoughts on “Responsible Parenting is Such a Drag

  1. Robert says:

    APB to parents: Stop destroying your kids!

  2. Lydia says:

    The clothing isn’t as much the point as the ridiculous way in which children are used as objects to promote an agenda, whether it’s the Priscilla, Queen of the Desert kids show or the idiots on Toddlers and Tiaras, In the first case it’s obviously a way to break down gender norms and further revolutionize perceptions of sexuality. In the latter it’s about cutsey pie sexiness and money. Adults have no business telling children to strut their stuff (what stuff? are we really going to go there?) and pout and be sassy (which is what happens in these kinds of shows). It’s objectification and sexualization of children, which, last time I looked, everyone but NAMBLA thought was wrong.

  3. S Camas says:

    I think this article is mean spirited and wrong. These boys who attend this camp are not “normal” boys whose parents ask them to dress in girls clothing; the article states that they are boys who ‘want to wear high heels and prefers to go down the pink aisle in K-Mart.” If you have kids, you know that even at the youngest ages they make choices that we do not understand. My daughter at 2 wanted to play only with her older brother’s cars and trucks, Should I have ripped them from her hands in case this was a sign? My son at 9 still loves the stuffed monkey he had when he as two. Is it an awful premonition?????? A dress is not a diet of chocolate. High heels are not allowing your child to drink soda instead of water. I imagine that it is not easy to have a son that tells you he wants to be a princess. Pack up the judgement and use St. Ignatius’ Presupposition to ‘put a good interpretation on another’s statement than to condemn it as false” and remember that Jesus loves those who were marginalized. A little love would go a long way.

  4. Christian says:

    Slate is existentially bankrupt.

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