I was originally going to post on this in more detail, but that was before I’d had time to finish the entire piece. It turns out Rod Dreher doesn’t just think that Arcadia Unified School District shouldn’t have made onerous accommodations for a transgendered student–he (seemingly) thinks that being transgendered is itself an illusion,
From what I can tell, the problem is that this girl demanded that the school treat her as a boy, and that the entire culture and procedures of the school be changed to accommodate that illusion. My view is that the school should have gone the extra mile to ensure that she was not bullied, verbally or physically, but for the Department of Justice to compel a school district to allow girls to share sleeping quarters, bathrooms, and changing rooms with boys, and vice versa, based not on the gender the child actually is, but on the gender they wish to be?
This is the farthest thing from enlightened conservatism I can imagine–not because of where Dreher finds himself on this particular issue, but because of how he’s approached it.
He’s either completely ignorant of what gender means or how gender identity works, or just isn’t even willing to entertain the idea that other people could have any good reasons for thinking the subject is more complex than a simple question of anatomy.
Given the recent discussion in this thread on children and gender roles in public school, it only seemed appropriate to link the two conversations together.