Gender Confusion in FairfaxJul 28, 2016
You may have heard in recent weeks some of the noise coming out of Fairfax County and its school board’s ongoing attempts to impose the full gamut of “transgender” policies on all 186,714 of its public school kids at its 196 schools.
In an ongoing effort to assist concerned moms and dads and grassroots leaders in Fairfax, we helped mobilize parents there to oppose these dangerous policies that would place every child’s safety, security, privacy and basic dignity rights in jeopardy while at school. A little over a week ago, those efforts paid off in a big way when the heavily liberal Fairfax School Board relented, at least temporarily, announcing abruptly that it was reversing itself and would not take further action to implement their planned regulations, at least until the courts could sort it out.
There is no question that the calls, emails, and attendance at meetings, and prayers of parents and concerned citizens of Fairfax and people all across Virginia played a pivotal role in the Board’s decision. Since Fairfax County, with its more-than 1.1 million residents, is seen as a model for the rest of the Commonwealth in many ways, it was all the more critical to ensure that these policies be prevented.
And that’s exactly what happened. Common sense and decency prevailed – for now.
This is proof positive that much of the secular left’s rhetoric on this issue is little more than empty talk. In reality, most Americans and most Virginians are opposed to permitting boys and men to use girls’ bathrooms, showers, and changing areas and to play on their competitive sports teams. Most people recognize that these kinds of separation of the sexes are in place for good reasons and in fact have always worked fine with little incident. And everyone, regardless of how they feel personally about the idea of “transgender bathroom” policies, should at least realize that there are a number of serious and valid concerns arising from these policies that have to be addressed before plowing forward into uncharted territory.
Each county and city in Virginia has to continue to hold the line on this issue with its local school boards, city councils, and boards of supervisors. It’s important that parents and citizens across Virginia apply the same pressure in their own communities to protect their children in school. The good news is several have – including Grayson and Gloucester.
This issue is far from settled, and now is not the time to let up! Just yesterday, in the case out of Gloucester County that has gained national attention, the ACLU asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a female student to be able to use the male facilities. Other related cases are going on across the country.
As this issue unfolds, we will continue to do everything we can to preserve the meaning and status of male and female while protecting the privacy and dignity rights of our children. We are indebted to local leaders who are taking up this fight in their communities!
Please continue to join us in this important fight. With your help – just as we saw with parents in Fairfax – we can and must prevail.
It’s “March Madness” all over again, appropriately playing out in the Tar Heel state – only this time without the basketball.
On March 23 of last year, in response to an outlandish ordinance passed by the City of Charlotte, North Carolina’s state legislature passed House Bill 2, daring to affirm what had always been the case – that in public facilities, men should use the men’s restrooms and women should use women’s. (Novel concept, eh?) And of course as we all know, protests soon-after ensued. Lawsuits were filed. And perhaps most notably of all, the NCAA and the ACC threatened to pull their basketball tournaments from the state if it did not repeal the law – a threat they made good on.
Well according to some North Carolina lawmakers, two can play this game.
In fact, some state legislators are seeking to challenge the NCAA and ACC’s tax-exempt status in response to their retaliatory removal.
According to The Associated Press, “The House members filed a bill Monday directing Senate and House leaders to file IRS complaints against the sports organizations. They would allege the groups are lobbying beyond what their charters allow through "economic retaliation" if House Bill 2 is not repealed.”
My, my, how the tables are turning. The other team picked up the ball, with time still on the clock.
Recall that it was these groups who warned North Carolina that its decision to protect women and children in bathrooms could cost the state millions. I doubt at the time the NCAA and ACC considered that their decisions could come with an equally steep price tag. The tax liability for organizations that large surely must reach into the millions.
I can’t say that I think this kind of economic warfare is a very constructive outlet for civil discourse. However, I do think that if the NCAA and ACC are going to “fire a shot across the bow”, they shouldn’t feel surprised or mistreated when the other side fires back. And no matter how many people love watching the basketball games they sponsor (myself included), the NCAA and ACC are not above the law, and they certainly don’t get to make them. May this be a poignant reminder to them of that reality.
A Day Without Whiney Women
A Day Without Whiney Women
First, let me say right up front, as a woman, I have nothing in common with the whiney women who are staging this pout-out other than, possibly, we have the same plumbing. I have taken pleasure for over 40 years in defining the difference between this type of woman and what I call, a Renaissance Woman.
Renaissance women are Winners not Whiners, Leaders not Followers, and most importantly, Victors, not Victims. Either you are one or aren’t. No one can turn you into one because it is a function of self-confidence, an optimistic view of the world, and refusal to be intimidated, marginalized, ridiculed or coerced into believing one point of view over another.
I remember years ago, debating Gloria Steinem on the Phil Donohue Show. I learned as a young woman that there was no way I was going to change the mind of this entrenched feminist who embraced socialist beliefs. So, I addressed my concerns to the audience and appealed to them to think for themselves and express their own opinions, apart from these self-appointed spokesmen.
I must have hit a nerve with the audience because there was a pile-on against Gloria and it was later reported that she was furious at Phil that he did not step in and defend her position.
Isn’t that rich? Here she is, a veteran TV personalty, very much my senior, claiming women are strong and don’t need men, yet she whined when one didn’t defend her against a young novice who had only done TV one other time.
That is who is marching today. They are privileged women who have had the luxury of spending four or more years in universities, sitting at the feet of their adored indoctrinators, who tell them they are victims and deserve safe places to be able to hear the echoed sounds of their own voices without trigger words that hurt their itty bitty feelings.
Yeah, girls, that’s not reality. I don’t have the luxury of not working today because I run my own business and lots of people depend on me to be here. I would be hurting myself and real people, not some politician or political cause by not working. These women are as embarrassing as the ones who wore pink vaginas on their heads the day after the inauguration telling everyone not to touch their private parts. Well, don’t wear them on your heads you goofy women. They demand respect yet show none for themselves. They want men to turn the other way when they march topless in the street and claim men are the ones with the issues when they happen to look at a topless woman. Seriously?
Who are these women and who in the world would ever hire them? They are the whiners who clog up a system, poisoning the atmosphere with their petty, selfish demands, and turn on a dime to accuse anyone of anything who doesn’t agree with them. They remind me of little wild animals that are cute to watch, until you get too close and they spring, biting your nose and clawing your face.
They have lost all credibility with real women who just shake their heads with embarrassment at the rantings of the Ashly Judds and Madonnas of their movement. Who on the “right” could say they want to blow up the White House and would not be sitting in jail today?
And why aren’t these women defending another woman, Ivanka Trump, who has two major department stores boycotting her line? Why aren’t they marching in support of her? Isn’t that just blatant sexism and misogeny? It is also a little anti-Semitic considering the fact that Ivanka is Jewish. Why aren’t they storming the doors of Nordstrom’s and Neiman Marcus, demanding they put her dresses and shoes back on the racks? Because … she is not one of them … thank goodness.
She is one of the renaissance women who got up today and went to work because dozens of people are depending on her to be the leader. She did not run to any organization or government agency to complain that she was a victim of a boycott. No, she put her big girl pants on and did what she does every day …. including today … she went to work. Because unlike these women today who think they will be missed … Ivanka truly will be missed because she actually is creating, building, doing, making, expanding, influencing, and fulfilling her destiny as … yes … a Renaissance Women.
So, with that one example we can see the distinction between the whiners and the winners, the leaders and the followers, the victims and the victors. And I can guarantee you that ALL those renaissance women are at work today, fulfilling their obligations, and making a positive difference in the lives of others. They aren’t out protesting, blaming someone else for their sad pitiful lives of empty anger directed at anyone who does not approve of their tantrums.
Look how these same women have trashed every conservative, Republican woman for years at the same time claiming they speak for all women. No, ladies, you don’t. We can speak for ourselves and our identity is not wrapped up in our sexuality, our political affiliation or our philosophical persuasion.
We are uniquely different and each of us has our own ideas, opinions, beliefs and do not need a movement to break glass ceilings. We broke those years ago, but still operate in shadows of success because the liberal establishment has determined strong women, who think for themselves, are dangerous and must be destroyed.
You can march and scream and cry and rant and rave all you want. Heh, it’s a free country … but do not claim you do that on my behalf against a man you hate, but who sits as the President of the United States, whether you like it or not.
Take a cue from the conservative women who lost twice to a man with opposing views to theirs. They kept their powder dry and reloaded in 2016 to elect people who understand that America is the greatest country in the world, that promotes freedom of expression and the choice in the way that is carried out.
Travel the world and see how women in many other countries are treated and decide if you would rather live there or not. Lot’s of people promised to move if Trump was elected, but I didn’t see one moving van pull into Beverly Hills to take gilded furniture to Canada. So much for that empty promise.
So, they should take the day to go shopping. At least they can do something positive by stimulating the economy. I think I saw a new line of “big girl pants” in Ivanka’s fashions. I would suggest all these whiney women, who embrace the idea that they are victims, follow the example of real women and go buy a pair … on line.
By Nina May, Founder and Chairman of The Renaissance Women
When I was a kid, I was the good girl type. Until one day, I got busted in class passing notes with cuss/crass words on them back and forth with a boy. Candidly, I didn’t know what the words he used meant… but he was cute.
When I got a little older, I knew if I said one of those “bad” words, I was doing something rebellious. Sometimes my friends and I would bust them out just to feel grown up. They were “adult words” but truth be told, they weren’t even words the adults around me used. The adults in my world had nothing to prove. The adults in my world had wide vocabularies and class. They could fully express themselves and talk about adult subject matter and still maintain refinement.
The thing about vulgarity is that for most people, the novelty wears off when we grow up. The use of these words proves nothing except possibly that we lack the creativity and class to have conversations of substance and meaning.
I fear that much the same principle applied to those that attended the misnamed “March for Women.” Given everyone appeared to be angry for different reasons and the march itself had no centralized purpose, it left a void that vulgarity filled. Sign after sign used words and images that should make us cringe. Rather than symbolizing some liberation of women, it should embarrass us. Does it represent our gender to be unable to express our specific, legitimate concerns with this administration with civility? I get that our new President hasn’t exactly set a high bar in this arena. I just find it odd that those that dislike him so much gladly follow him into the gutter.
Rather than organizing an anti-Trump rally, organizers tried to make it the summation of what it is to be a woman. The only problem with that plan is that in today’s gender-confused society, it’s very hard to describe what it is that makes one a woman. If visuals in D.C. yesterday are any explanation, womanhood comes down to the existence of a uterus and the ability to kill the next generation of girls. This left the march with conflicting messages because on the one hand, it is the uterus that defines “womanhood,” but on the other hand, even a uterus doesn’t guarantee your exclusive stake on a women’s locker room or shower room.
Ultimately, this left a march celebrating the taking of human life, sporting Cecil Richards as Grand Marshall. Pro-life women knew this all along because we were shut out of the march, even though we have uteruses too.
Organizers and attendees alike were thrilled with the turnout but I suspect, deep inside, they just wish the majority of white women had turned out for Hillary, not Trump in November. Because it is in fact women, defined somehow, that handed Trump the Presidency in the first place.
'Standing' for the Truth
'Standing' for the Truth
This past week the Supreme Court of Virginia heard a rousing and highly technical case involving a transgender policy recently adopted by Fairfax County Public Schools. (It’s amazing just how technical the whole issue of male vs. female anatomy has become in political and legal circles, since most of us learned this stuff in kindergarten.)
Only, the Court never got to the merits of the case to decide whether Fairfax County has the legal authority to alter anatomical reality and render boys and girls indistinguishable in their student Code of Conduct. The hearing was limited to the issue of “standing”, or the ability of a Fairfax County student and his parents to even bring the lawsuit in the first place. So not exactly primetime territory for the Perry Mason’s of the world, but still fascinating stuff for legal and policy wonks, and very important stuff for average ordinary parents and students when it comes to protecting their rights. Yet even for us wonks in the room, to hear the judges and lawyers go round and round gave the impression that this thing is a real legal quagmire.
The issues revolved around the legal effect of what’s known in Virginia as the “Dillon’s Rule”. It’s a doctrine of statutory construction which basically says that local governing bodies (including school boards) have no authority to do anything except those things which have been expressly granted to them either in their charter, or by statutory laws in the Code of Virginia. Virginia courts have always applied the rule very strictly, so anything that falls outside of the expressed power just a little bit will typically be invalidated.
The student and parents maintain (as do I) that the school board’s addition of the concepts of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in their student code of conduct is outside the bounds of what the General Assembly has permitted them to do. And therefore, in violating a state statute (not to mention a constitutional right), the Dillon’s Rule provides for the right to sue when a person has been harmed by that overreach. The arguments centered on this doctrine, its case-law, and the particular facts and claims in this case. It was clear that both sides felt that this situation was unique in the context of legal precedent.
As I watched the oral arguments, all of the rigmarole over nuanced and seemingly conflicting legal doctrines led me to ask one practical question, which I hope will cross the Justices’ minds, too: If a student has no legal ability to challenge an unlawful school policy that chills his free speech and threatens to punish him at any moment, and if parents likewise have no ability to sue a school to prevent their child from being harmed by an illegal and indefensible policy, how can justice ever be served in such scenarios? How can their legitimate grievances be addressed? Can schools simply take advantage of this apparent “loop hole” to create any policy they want to? The attorney for Fairfax County Schools seemed to concede as much. Clearly, the implications of the Court’s decision are significant.
As for my judicial punditry, my bet’s on a 4-3 split in favor of sanity and common sense. Then again, as the underlying issue in this case reminds us, common sense ain’t so common anymore. But it’s still alive and kicking, thanks to some courageous students and parents in Fairfax County unwilling to accept lawlessness in their schools.
"...the schools people go to..."
"...the schools people go to..."
If I hadn’t been reading carefully, I might have missed it. After all, reading anything the Washington Post prints is painful enough, and the temptation is to skim. But in an article today about how Democrats plan to rebuild a party that faces minority status at every level of government – including many state legislatures – came an extraordinary admission.
In the article, Jessica Post, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, argues that if the party wants to take back power, it first must focus on winning back state legislatures, because:
Did you catch it?
In a list of priorities that Democrats believe they must control to gain back power that includes obvious mechanics like “voting rights” and “congressional districts,” Post adds “the schools people go to.”
Anyone who has been around the General Assembly long enough knows that if there is one thing progressive liberals fear perhaps even more than losing the “right” to kill their unborn children it’s this – losing the power to control where your children go to school. You see, right now, for the overwhelming majority of families the state (state and local governments) determines where kids go to school, by zip code. Few have the resources to escape. Progressive liberals know that if they can keep your children confined to their schools with their agenda and their ideology, many will fall prey.
That’s why they are so adamantly opposed to any and all forms of education freedom. While they argue that school choice will “cost public schools resources,” etc., the truth is they fear losing control over your children. Ms. Post’s statement shows that the Democrat party has made the connection – whoever controls the education of our children eventually controls the halls of power.
It’s fitting that such an admission took place at the start of National School Choice Week. The battle to free our children from a government controlled, zip code based, antiquated education system is perhaps one of the most important of our generation. From tax credits for donations to scholarship programs for low and middle-income families to virtual schools to education savings accounts, whatever the mechanism, school choice is the battle for the future.
Another Victory in the "Bathroom Wars"
Another Victory in the "Bathroom Wars"
Late Tuesday evening, the Loudoun County School Board wisely chose to follow the recent examples of its two neighboring counties - Fairfax and Prince William - by rejecting an attempt to elevate "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to a protected class.
Privacy, safety and sanity prevailed again - but barely. (The Board voted down one version 5-4 and a similar proposal 6-3)
After the Board's last meeting, where the proponents of policy showed up in force, The Family Foundation helped mobilize concerned citizens to contact their members and to attend last night's meeting where the Board was to vote on the proposal. Many of them bravely addressed the Board during the public comment time including a pastor, a priest and plenty of concerned moms and dads. After learning that the ACLU of Virginia sent the Board a misleading letter to pressure the Board into adopting the dangerous amendments, we delivered a letter drafted by our staff attorney to the Board members explaining to them what the law actually says.
And thankfully, at the end of the day, a majority of the Board heeded that advice, concluding that they did not have the legal authority to create new classes in their nondiscrimination policy. Or, at a minimum, that they should wait for further guidance from the state and federal Supreme Courts, both of which have pending cases before them involving this very issue.
In doing so, the Board (for now) has chosen to protect the safety, privacy and dignity of school children, teachers and staff in locker rooms, showers and bathrooms.
Loudoun County is now the third major Virginia school district in the past six months alone where The Family Foundation has helped ensure these misguided and unlawful policies were defeated. Hopefully now, there's been a clear signal to every school division across the Commonwealth that they had better think twice before attempting to make our school children a pawn for their social agendas.