Sounds a bit de trop

Parents will be able to select ‘neutral’ gender when enrolling kids in secondary schools in Belgium this September, under plans designed to combat discrimination.

Eleven-year-olds will be grouped according to three genders – male, female and neutral – in the first phase of a plan expected to lead to a redesign of toilets, changing rooms and sports lessons.

Between 1 per cent and 3 per cent of adults and up to 75,000 children in Belgium are transgender, according to estimates by LGBT groups.

One to three percent? The incidence of the T is greater than that of the L or the G? Te veel, toch?

13 thoughts on “Sounds a bit de trop”

  1. Vlaamse has a neutral gender, but I didn’t think French has. This sounds a bit discriminatory.

  2. The Meissen Bison

    This will in all likelihood have exactly the opposite effect of that intended. Most eleven year-olds have a definite idea of whether they are girls or boys and the unfortunates who are classed as “neutral” because this conforms to their parents’ notions of “inclusiveness” will get vigorously mocked by the other children.

    There are of course three genders (masculine, feminine, neuter) and two sexes (male, female)and conflating sex with gender is not so much progressive as it is stupid.

  3. Is this in the French speaking part of Belgium? I can’t see how this is going to work. French is a gendered language. It doesn’t have a neuter form. So neutral, la neutre, is feminine & would take the appropriate adjectives.

  4. Goog god, there’s nothing that will accellerate discrimination as being singled out into a seperate group. Are you “German”? or are you “German Jew”? Are you hidden amongst the 600 boys in the school, or are you the one trans boy?

  5. Between 1 per cent and 3 per cent of adults and up to 75,000 children in Belgium are transgender…

    They’re just making stuff up now aren’t they?

    They have form for this; remember the activists claim that 10% of the UK population are gay, when in reality it’s between 1% and 2%. Of course, if they were to say: ” 0.001% of the population are trannies!” everyone else would just shrug and tell them to p**s off.

  6. I can remember playing rugby, of a sort, on the beach when we were seventeen. We asked the girls whether any of them would like to join in. We were told, entirely accurately, that the idea was moronic.

    Being “high” on the exhilaration of being seventeen and running round enjoying yourselves undermines sound judgement.

  7. Hmmmyeah… To prevent “bullying” ….

    In dutch/flemish, and kids being kids, kids in those classes would be referred to as “hetjes” ** within a day, if not seconds.. Good going there…

    ** hard to translate to english.. literally “it”. Used to refer to (camp) gays and fugly girls, with a strong connotation of “not fit for purpose”. Very definitely not a nice word in any context.

  8. I’m convinced that for some kids coming out as trans is about power, suddenly everyone has to listen to them, even the adults have to comply with their demands. Coming out as gay doesn’t have this same effect so why not go whole hog on liking same sex and say you are trans, very exhilarating but traps the child in a narrative that is hard to break out of.

  9. @Otto the -je diminutive, used in the context of implying worthlessness/insignificance. The -s indicating the plural/group.

    Hetjes basically are male castrated pets that still think they got their tackle and act like it..

  10. Thanks very much Grikath.

    Learn something all the time here.

    Not sure that I wanted to know the last bit though 🙂

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