Friday, June 5, 2009

elton john + school assembly = best idea ever

i stumbled upon this on carnalnation today. a primary school in broadstairs, kent(UK) held an assembly on bullying for its students. as part of what counts as bullying the school included homophobia and played an elton john song--explaining to the students that elton john was gay, but that doesn't mean he deserves to be bullied.

i feel like it's pretty great of this school to even address homophobia under the umbrella of bullying in a school setting but apparently some of the parents didn't.

according to the article some parents "expressed outrage over the assembly, saying that their children were left "confused" and "worried" by the information they received."
one parents went so far as to say "that the information about homosexuality has scared a number of the little girls and led them to question their friendships with other girls. " because "Little girls often cuddle each other if one of them is crying or has fallen over, and now they are afraid to do that in case the others think they are gay," she said."

i have news for this parent... sometimes your daughter isn't just cuddling another girl because one of them is "crying or has fallen over", sometimes those little girls want to bang eachother and chances are they either already have or are going to in the near future.

as my dear friend eff put it recently, growing up you're allowed to have sleepovers with your girl friends, not the boys. which means that whether or not you grow up to identify as a full-on lesbian or even bisexual you're probably going to do some sexual experimenting with another girl at some point.

what these weirdo parents should be focusing on is the fact that even if their girls are big old lezzies it doesn't matter, because the school they attend isn't going to tolerate any homophobic bullying and isn't that the kind of world we want to live in?

in the mean time, here is a website that lists books with gay characters to direct your children to after they've heard elton john and become so extremely confused:

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