The Sexualization of Children under Guise of ‘Education’ Must Stop

My, how the times have changed. In 2011, CNN published an opinion piece denigrating TLC’s show Toddlers and Tiaras because it sexualized young girls. According to the article, “Instead of creating ratings-friendly buzz, TLC engendered outrage among millions of parents and grandparents, who are tired of seeing children exploited for ratings and robbed of their innocence by a greedy entertainment industry that will stop at nothing to make a buck.”

It went on to say: “Everyone in society suffers when children are sexualized, but those hurt worst are the children themselves.”

Today it seems that certain sectors of society have absolutely no concern about robbing children of their innocence and at times gleefully attempt to do so.

We have seen this with abortion and the abortion pill, and now we see this over and over with drag shows and drag queen story hours. It seems the entire country had become not only obsessed with sexuality but with foisting it on young children by having them attend events with people who dress as the opposite sex.

Several recent stories illustrate my point. One involves middle school students in Missouri being taken on a field trip to a show that featured people in drag. Parents were not made aware of the content beforehand, and many rightly complained. This led to the involvement of Missouri’s attorney general, Andrew Bailey, who said: “What this is . . . is evidence of a woke, left-wing ideology. And that’s why we’re going to stand up and fight back, because we’re going to make sure that our schools are about education, not indoctrination, and that parents have a say in that process.”

The group Nclusion Plus sponsored the breakfast. Its marketing director said the event was “high-brow and innocent.”

Last month, the mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, Indya Kincannon, happily posted on Facebook that she attended an event called Drag Queen Christmas. According to the article, “Independent journalist Tayler Hansen appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight . . . to talk about how he was temporarily locked out of his Twitter account for blasting the ‘blatantly sexualized show’ as ‘grooming’ children. He shared photos and video where he said performers simulated sex, danced suggestively and made sexual gestures to the audience and a group of about 20 children.” 

And in October, the New York Post reported that a young girl sat in a restaurant watching a drag show and “an explicit viral video of a raunchy Texas drag queen show performed in font of a little girl sparked a social media backlash.” It went on to say that the video showed “a drag queen lifting her skirt and gyrating while lip-synching lyrics to the song ‘P—y’ by Lady as a confused kid looks on from one of the nearby tables. ‘My p—y good / p—y sweet /p—y good enough to eat,’ go the lyrics as the drag queen gyrates.”

According to the person filming, in the video “several adult women in her party look on with blank faces.”

These are certainly not the only instances of people in drag attempting to indoctrinate children—all in an attempt to make this behavior normal.

In fact, the “blank faces” of the women mentioned above is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. How long are we going to allow woke ideology to trample over our rights and the rights of our children to not only live in a society that doesn’t sexualize everything but that turns school into a form of manipulation?

Schools are for education not the propagation of woke philosophies. When we send our children to school, we should be secure in the fact that they are learning the fundamentals of English, math, history, science, and so on. Children should never be taken to drag shows. And they should certainly never have teachers who brag about teaching young children that gender is fluid or who undermine a parent’s authority regarding the education of their children.

An Indiana counseling group recently addressed this topic on its site, saying, “Society would tell us sexuality is fluid. Research shows something quite different. Gender differences, boys being different from girls, is a highly researched and supported topic in the field of psychology.” The site then goes on to say that there are risks for pushing sexuality too soon, one of which is the fact that a “child’s brain is not ready to make sense of what they are learning.”

Indeed. Research has shown that human brains are not fully developed until the age of 25 or older. Thus, the brains of small children are simply too undeveloped to deal with issues related to sexuality. When we foist sexuality upon young children, we harm their development. When we harm children, we also harm families. And when this happens, society suffers.

Organizations like Nclusion Plus throw out descriptions like “innocent” in an attempt to make those who oppose sound bigoted or hateful. But they can’t see that it’s not about discrimination. It’s about protecting children. It’s about teaching the correct science. And it’s about teaching children to be happy in their bodies instead of altering or destroying them.  

Contrary to what the world wants to teach, we are so much more than sexual beings. Life is not all about sexual activity. Every human being is a unique and unrepeatable person with value, dignity, and potential.

These threats to our children and to families will not stop unless we speak up. Now is not the time to sit with “blank faces” and to refuse to teach the truth. Now is the time to protect children by speaking out.

If we don’t speak out now, we’re going to wake up one day soon and realize that it’s too late.

This article first appeared in the Catholic World Report at catholicworldreport.com/2023/02/06/the-sexualization-of-children-is-a-drag.

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Susan Ciancio

Susan Ciancio is the editor of Celebrate Life Magazine and executive editor for the Culture of Life Studies Program.