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Helen Trinca claims ('Bringing a cutting edge to counterculture', 6/9) that Richard Neville and Martin Sharp engaged in the Sixties in' a cultural adventure that helped shape a generation.' My own impression is that they have produced very little of lasting value. I thought at the time that they were largely phoneys and I still do. Shocking the bourgeois by means of deliberate rudeness and ugly mockery is no big deal.
NJ, Belgrave, Victoria
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University research teams, in their “wisdom” have recommended that the “Safe” Schools Program, which is really about teaching gender diversity, be expanded into primary schools. (The Australian, August 16, 2016, p.1) Then, children as young as five will be discussing cross-dressing and gender reassignment surgery. Children have already been involved in a “sex-change stories trial.” They appear to have been confused.
Most five-year-olds have not yet come to understand even the basic biology of sex. To be subjecting them to what is now a “politically divisive issue” is not merely unfair – it is a form of child abuse, contrary to international human rights, and parents will need to seek, as a class action a legal solution against all involved.
NEW YORK, August 19 (C-Fam) “Facts – not ideology – determine reality,” the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) said in a warning http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/gender-ideology-harms-children to legislators and educators about the dangers of surgical and medical sex change operations to children.
“Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse,” the physicians said, “Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBTQ – affirming countries.”
The group, which aims at getting parents involved in their children’s health and education about health, said, “Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one,” and that, “A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.”
To the contrary, the group maintained that human sexuality is a “binary trait” and said the XY and XX chromosomes that determine female or male sex are “genetic markers of health” not “genetic markers of a disorder.”
“No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex,” the statement said.
To which Wallace Klinck of Canada responded:
In my opinion “gender ideology” IS child abuse. If the courts put up with this sort of societally disintegrative nonsense and "Marxist” dialectical mischief then I would conclude that they are in collaboration with the revolutionary agenda—a particularly vicious variant of the insane ideological “equality” virus. What is inducing this “gender confusion” in pre-puberty or puberty youth anyway? They must be being subject to some very abnormal developmental psychological influences—or are being denied normal identity relationships. I certainly never had any doubts about my “sexuality”—such doubts or thoughts never even entered my mind. I am beginning to think that some people, mentors especially and victims alike, have too much idle time on their hands—and I am an uncompromising advocate of leisure.
I was opposed to the same sex marriage plebiscite until reading Michael Kirby’s article “Parliament is the Proper Place for Enacting Laws,” The Australian, August 9, 2016, p. 12.
Kirby, the great dissenter on the High Court of Australia has no problem with unelected judges making law, and in fact he proudly proclaims: “The High Court of Australia in 2013 unanimously made it clear that the entire power to enact same-sex marriage in Australia rested with the federal parliament.”
Kirby doesn’t like plebiscites, saying that a “plebiscite, as a precondition to legislation, is a totally exceptional procedure with no foothold in the Constitution.”