This is an extract from the ABC’s full article ran on 24th March 2015
This program attempts to educate Australian children on gender and sexual diversity, exploring topics like “OMG my friend’s queer.”
While the anti-bullying message that motivates Safe Schools is certainly a worthy one, some of its educational ideas – like teaching pansexuality, how to bind breasts or be genderqueer – raise more questions than they address.
Those who criticise Safe Schools‘s presentation of gender diversity are readily dismissed as old fashioned or conservative, but there are good grounds for asking hard questions – not least because the research is far from conclusive.
Purportedly, the more education around gender, sexuality and identity, the more progressive and safer society will be when it comes to managing diversity.
As a result, gender has become an…
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