Boys should be free to choose to wear a tutu, tiara or heels, and girls to wear toolbelts and superhero capes, the Church of England has said in new guidance issued to its schools.
The advice also calls on teachers to avoid using labels that might alienate children’s behaviour “just because it does not conform to gender stereotypes”.
The updated guidance for its 4,700 schools, titled Valuing All God’s Children [pdf], follows advice issued three years ago that covered homophobic bullying. It has now been expanded to include transphobic and biphobic bullying.
The church advises that nursery and primary school should be a time of “creative exploration”, and that pupils should feel free to “try out the many cloaks of identity” and “explore the possibilities of who they might be without judgment or derision”.
On the one hand, I want to say this is just the dysphoria with the idea of gender that accompanies the shift to r, where rabbit men and women evolve perceptions that are repelled by aggressive, masculine men and sweet, feminine women.
Yet, I also believe that if you accompanied an exorcist for several years on his rounds, you would see other forces at work in the world. I cannot help but feel that this complete a divergence from God’s laws, within the Church, directed at children, would have some deeper root.
I have a feeling that religion may accompany the rise in the K-psychology in part because somehow the brain structures of K’s are amenable to adopting the ideas of Christianity and having faith. But I also suspect that things emerge as the unrest gets underway and the battle against evil begins that reveal something to the K’s as they go through it.
Like a civilian who accompanies an exorcist to exorcisms, the closer you get to real evil, the more likely you are to see something surprising, and come to realize there is something else which is often at work behind it. Once you come to realize there is more to evil, it isn’t that hard to realize there is something more to good, and the world as well.
I am not going to tell you to believe. I was a diehard mechanist who would never have been able to make that jump on the word of another, even someone I trusted. But keep your eyes open, and remain open to the possibilities. Given what we are heading into and how ascendant evil is everywhere we look, you may see something that will force you to revaluate your view of the world as well.
Welcome it, even if it shakes up your entire perception of the world. Because our ultimate goal has to be truth. Given that, I will say it is a beautiful truth once you come to accept it fully. Knowing there is more to the world, we have a meaningful mission, and death of loved ones in this world is not “goodbye,” but merely “see you later,” makes all the difference.