Virginia, US: A schoolgirl has made a stance about what she sees as a sexist move by Loudoun County Public Schools to allow “boys into girls’ locker rooms.”
Policy 8350 states that “students should be allowed to use the facility that corresponds to their gender identity.”
At a recent school board meeting, 14-year-old eight-grader Jolene Grover, who was wearing a shirt that read “Woman is female” had the following to say:
“Two years ago, I was told policy 1040 was just an umbrella philosophy and you weren’t going to allow boys into the girls’ locker rooms. But here you are doing just that.”
Jolene, whose mother pulled her out of an LCPS school in 2020 after seeing a number of questionable policies being brought forward, is currently studying at home.
“Everyone knows what a boy is – even you,” Jolene added. “Your proposed policies are dangerous and rooted in sexism. When woke kids ask me if I was a lesbian or a trans boy because I cut my hair short, it should tell you these modern identities are superficial.”
In a recent interview, Jolene said she worried that the new rule would result in girls being harassed and assaulted.
In her speech, she also said that her guidance counselor responded to her concerns by noting that the bathrooms had stalls.
“Now, boys are reading erotica in the classroom next to girls,” she said in her speech, “and you want to give them access to girls’ locker rooms and you want to force girls to call those boys ‘she.'”
“You do this in the name of inclusivity while ignoring the girls who will pay the price. Your policies choose boys’ wants over girls’ needs.”
Sue the school board and save the kids!
Eighth-grade girl blasts school board for policy that would allow 'boys into girls' locker rooms'https://t.co/XjKzmp7LRx
— Lamb Hialeah (@LHialeah) June 11, 2021
Others, however, have suggested the policies were righteous pursuits of love and inclusion.
Wearing a rainbow pin and mask, Virginia Senator Jennifer Boysko said regarding the new gender-based policies:
“I want to thank you for your commitment to equality and making sure every child feels loved and valued.”
Another speaker argued policies like this were nothing new and would make “trans and gender-expansive kids feel a little more welcome.”
Some women and girls, however, have started questioning the cost of such moves.
The problems surrounding policies like this have been hitting women’s sports especially hard.
For example, five-time national track champion Shannon Arena argued that “transgender athletes will diminish opportunities for biological women.”
“It’s not equality because when you’re competing against a biological male, it’s not an equal playing field – even if they are on hormones,” she told Fox News.
Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have stood in defense of the more ‘inclusive’ policies in athletics and schools. Back in 2016, the ACLU’s James Esseks made a blog post titled “Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills Have Nothing to Do With Privacy and Everything To Do With Fear and Hatred.”
“As a threshold matter, no one is proposing letting boys into girls’ bathrooms,” he said. “Preying on misinformation about transgender people and calling trans girls boys, advocates for these harmful measures decry the fictitious end of sex-segregated spaces altogether.”
“But even beyond the absurd distortions peddled in state legislatures across the country, these purported privacy justifications for unconstitutional government discrimination aren’t remotely persuasive. It does not infringe anyone else’s rights to share public space with those who are different.”
To get a better understanding of what is currently happening to women’s sports as a result of such policies, please see the video below.
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