OPINION: Let’s learn like our children
THE language being used by politicians about the safe school's program is even more offensive than the content they're so concerned about.
To throw around statements declaring the program to 'promote queer sexuality' and 'sexually liberate' our children, is doing exactly what the program is advocating against.
This program was, for once, a step in the right direction for introducing our diverse society to our future generation.
Do I promote queer sexuality with my children? The answer is yes, but the term 'queer' has absolutely nothing to do with it.
My husband and I have gone to the Mardi Gras in Sydney as a family event with our son, and both my husband and I have plenty of gay friends who visit and stay over with their partners.
This hasn't 'turned' my son gay, on the contrary, he is very confident with whom he is.
Does this mean he's sexually liberated? Absolutely - it's also called being aware of who you are.
If being sexually liberated is so bad, what does that make being sexually repressed?
I have studied the links between people who have sexual identity repression and the instance of committing a sexual assault - it's real, it happens.
Without even having the discussion with my three-year-old daughter, she has already identified the differences we all have, just out of her interaction with my friends - how can this possibly be a bad thing?
Our children are able to adapt to what is normal more than us cynical adults, so this program was only trying to assist children who identify as LGBTI to feel normal, for once.
Instead, Bernadi and Christensen are further alienating any child who fits into that category by using language that is unacceptable.
For the parents who listen and agree to the words being used by Bernardi and Christensen, I just hope one day you are not faced with the horrible task of teaching your LGBTI child that they are normal when the world around them insists on telling them otherwise.
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