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University of Kansas Hosts 'Feminist Parenting Group' to Explore 'Strategies for Raising Intersectional Feminist Children'

This semester, the University of Kansas will be hosting a “feminist parenting group.” The group will explore “strategies for raising intersectional feminist children” and “empower parents and caregivers to raise children who challenge gender stereotypes and kyriarchy.” (Since kyriarchy isn’t a word, I looked it up on Everyday Feminism, where they use lots of made-up words, and found this definition: “Kyriarchy is best theorized as a complex pyramidal system of intersecting multiplicative social structures of superordination and subordination, of ruling and oppression.” Yeah, makes total sense now.) The group will meet in person three times throughout the fall and continue to discuss this important topic via a Facebook group indefinitely.

If the basic assumptions of this group weren’t clear from all the fake words in its description, their Facebook group provides a couple helpful graphics that should leave us with no doubt. One describes a “gender reveal” party in which the M&Ms pouring from the cake are neither pink nor blue, but green. When asked what green means, the expectant parent says, “It’s time for gender theory 101. I have slides.” Another is a comic strip — also of a “gender reveal” party — in which the baby’s gender is revealed as “however they identify!” From this we can infer that the “gender stereotype” the group will be challenging is... gender itself.

The not-so-secret truth is that while feminism used to be about equal value and status for women, it is now about erasing gender altogether. “Feminist children,” according to feminists like the ones leading KU’s parenting group, are kids who are taught to believe that their sex dictates nothing at all about their gender. Campus Reform, which reported on the parenting group, highlighted a graphic the group uses to make its point. It’s a flowchart about how to tell if a toy is for boys or girls. Campus Reform describes it: “‘Do you operate the toy with your genitalia?’ the chart asks, and concludes that if the answer is ‘no,’ then the toy is ‘for either boys or girls.’ If the answer is ‘yes,’ it adds helpfully, then the toy in question ‘is not for children.’” Ha ha. But, in all seriousness, what the heck?

Why is it so important for feminists to convince us that gender is socially constructed, not biologically innate? It’s an important question, given that studies have repeatedly shown that this isn’t true. And important, too, since these poor children are now being indoctrinated into an ideology that has no basis in fact, which can only lead to confusion and misery as they try to live in a way that goes against their own biology. The truth, I think, is that, of all the ideological groups out there, it’s feminists most of all who have fallen victim to the patriarchy.