San Diego School District sparks outrage by claiming that heterosexuality is a ‘system of oppression’ and encourages students to call themselves ‘two-spirit’
- Chris Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, made available training documents the San Diego Unified School District gives to teachers
- The documents follow the tenants of academic queer theory, which states that the gender binary is a social construct and is harmful to society
- In the training documents, administrators explain that heterosexuality is a form of oppression and encourage students to examine their gender identities
- The trainings also encourage teachers to do away with the terms ‘men’ and ‘women’ in favor of the terms ‘people with a penis’ and ‘people with a vulva’
The San Diego Unified School District has found itself under fire after it was revealed administrators are railing against heterosexuality and are encouraging students to explore their gender identities.
Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, made the shocking revelation on Wednesday when he tweeted out screengrabs of the training documents administrators use to broach the topic.
Among the documents Rufo made publicly available are some explaining that heterosexuality is a form of oppression and encourage students to examine their gender identities with terms like ‘transgender‘ and ‘two-spirit.’
The trainings also instruct teachers to do away with the terms ‘men’ and ‘women’ in favor of the terms ‘people with a penis’ and ‘people with a vulva’ — suggesting women can have a penis and men can have a vagina.
They come just years after outraged parents pulled their children out of school over what they deemed to be an inappropriate sex education curriculum, which included learning about gender identity.
DailyMail.com has reached out to administrators at the San Diego Unified School District for comment.
The San Diego Unified School District has found itself under fire after it was revealed administrators are railing against heterosexuality and are encouraging students to explore their gender identities. The district’s headquarters are pictured here
In training documents to teachers, district administrators explain that heteronormativity is a form of privilege and oppresses those who do not conform to the idea
The school district argues that School District argues that heterosexuality is a social construct that is harmful to children according to the key tenants of academic queer theory
Academic queer theory — the new doctrine infiltrating schools
Academic Queer Theory examines how power works to institutionalize and legitimate certain expressions of sexuality and gender while stigmatizing others.
It is predicated on the idea that all sexual behaviors and gender expressions, and their categorization into ‘normal’ or ‘deviant’ sexualities or gender, are constructed socially and create certain gender norms.
Queer Theory therefore problematizes and challenges rigid identity categories, norms of sexuality and gender and the oppression and violence that it claims these categories stigmatize.
It also seeks to destabilize sexual and gender identities allowing and encouraging multiple, unfettered interpretations of gender.
Source: University of Massachusetts
In the documents Rufo published on Wednesday, the San Diego Unified School District argues that heterosexuality is a social construct that is harmful to children according to the key tenants of academic queer theory.
According to the theory, Rufo writes for City Journal, white Europeans created the gender binary, and used the categories of ‘male’ and ‘female’ to dominate racial and sexual minorities.
In fact, a training for facilitators of LGBTQ groups in the school district argues that heteronormativity forces students to conform to gender norms.
It then goes on to describe the ‘gender binary’ as a ‘limited system [that] excludes and oppresses trans, nonbinary, intersex and gender non-conforming people.’
The second largest school district in California also claims in the training document that the gender binary distributes ‘heterosexual and cisgender privilege.’
It explains that a ‘heterosexual/cisgender person automatically receives’ this privilege, which ‘benefits members of dominant groups at the expense of members of target groups’ and ‘results in institutional power’ for straight men and women.’
The document also says that this type of privilege does not exist within a vacuum and is connected to other forms of oppression.
‘Racism, classism, heterosexism, etc. do not exist independently,’ the training document reads. ‘Multiple forms of discrimination interrelate, creating a system of oppression.’
To combat this, Rufo writes, the district created a curriculum that promotes sexual identities like ‘transgender,’ ‘gender queer,’ ‘nonbinary,’ ‘pansexual,’ ‘asexual’ and ‘two-spirit.’
It encourages teachers to do away with the terms ‘men’ and ‘women’ in favor of the terms ‘people with a penis’ and ‘people with a vulva’
A series of curriculum documents he published encourages students to study the basic tenants of queer theory.
The documents were made publicly available by Chris Rufo (pictured), a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute
One also asks students to examine photos of gender nonconforming role models, including a woman with a beard, a boy in a dress, a teenage girl with a ‘genderqueer’ identity, a boy wearing a tiara and an infant with a ‘gender neutral name.’
And in another document, district administrators celebrate ‘nonbinary identities’ arguing there must be a ‘linguistic revolution’ to move beyond gendered terms and instead use terms like the controversial ‘Latinx’ to refer to people of Latin American descent.
They argue those terms ‘make room for people who are trans, queer, agender, nonbinary, gender nonconforming or gender fluid.’
Another training produced by the school district, in conjunction with Planned Parenthood, advises teachers on a slew of new identities, and advises them to eliminate traditional language from their vocabulary.
Instead, the training argues, men should be called ‘people with a penis’ and women should be called ‘people with a vulva.’
Other documents show that the district encourages teachers to be able to answer questions like: ‘How do gay people have sex?’ ‘What is porn?’ ‘Is it OK to masturbate?’ and even ‘What does semen taste like?’
The San Diego Unified School District also instructs teachers in its training document to assist a child’s gender transition without notifying parents — pointing out that under California law, minors of any age can consent to pregnancy testing, birth control and abortion.
And the district encourages the teachers to be able to answer questions like: ‘How do gay people have sex?’ ‘What is porn?’ ‘Is it OK to masturbate?’ and even ‘What does semen taste like?’
In a related presentation, the district advises teachers to lead discussions on ‘how to use a condom’ as well as ‘how to engage in safer oral sex’ and ‘safer anal sex.’
But the district has previously faced backlash for similar sex education instruction back in 2018.
It comes years after a group of parents railed against the district for teaching sixth-graders about issues of gender identity, STIs, HIV, anatomy and stages of pregnancy
The parents argued in 2018 that the curriculum was not age appropriate
At the time, parents upset over what they deemed to be an inappropriate sex education curriculum kept their children out of school as they rallied outside the district headquarters.
The parents called the new curriculum for sixth graders — which included topics of STDs, HIV 101, birth control, consent, anatomy, the stages of pregnancy, and gender identity and gender roles — ‘graphic and inappropriate,’ saying it’s ‘too much too soon’ for sixth graders.
In addition to learning about these topics, students played a STD game and filled out a male reproductive crossword puzzle.
‘We’re going to ask them to suspend this new curriculum because it’s not a curriculum for the adolescent brain; it’s an adult curriculum,’ mom Angela Beaver told CBS 8 at the time.
But district administrators defended the lesson plan, saying it is backed by the Centers for Disease Control and is age appropriate.