To phrase my gut reaction to this latest parenting story in Twitterspeak, I just can’t even. Seriously? We’re so obsessed with sex that we need to turn a toddler story time at the public library into a drag show?
You read right. The Brooklyn Public Library took a cue from the San Francisco Public Library by initiating their own version of the “Drag Queen Story Hour” for kids. That’s where dudes dress up like chicks and read fairy tales about chicks loving dudes to your “curious” toddler.
Dress By: High and Waisted Katy Freeman and Azael Acosta
Kids aren’t curious about transvestites. At least, not in the way trans advocates like to believe everyone is curious about transvestites. Kids, especially little ones, couldn’t care less whether or not what you’re wearing corresponds to gender norms. So this has nothing to do with engaging toddlers with the practice of reading, which is what library story time is supposed to be all about. Instead, the “Drag Queen Story Hour” is yet another example of social justice advocates manipulating a fun family event for the purpose of political grandstanding.
A writer at Scary Mommy punctuated the story with the usual blanket justification for over-politicizing everything a child interacts with nowadays:
Molding kids while they’re young to accept and celebrate differences is how we raise kind and empathetic kids. Raising kids that can flex their mind to encompass all representations of people will be paramount to promoting more peace and less divisiveness.
Kindness, empathy, and peace are such great buzzwords, aren’t they? Words like that are so helpful when it comes to masking political intentions. “Molding kids while they’re young” doesn’t sound creepy or suspicious at all.
I once worked as the co-director of a Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center established on the belief that children aren’t born prejudiced, but are wrongfully taught to view others with suspicion and hatred. Parents of toddlers who frequent library story hours would tend to agree. If their child is going to act out against anyone, it’s most likely going to be the kid who tries to take his toy away, not the drag queen looking to star in a publicity stunt.
Most of today’s toddlers attending public library events will go on to attend public schools. At these schools they’ll be viewed as suspect if they read a Bible. If they attempt to pray out loud, let alone in a group setting, they will be in violation of school policy. And if any of their teachers dare to engage them in either activity for whatever reason, they will be breaking the law. In light of these facts, why not encourage religious leaders to host story times where they might just dare to read a Bible story or two to the “curious” audience? After all, these arbiters of peace bearing a book detailing concepts like kindness and empathy are on the endangered species list of “all representations of people” your child may ever encounter.
What? Too politically incorrect? Not trendy enough? Or is it just that perhaps certain arbiters of our culture don’t want children to “flex their mind” [sic.] in that direction?