In a recent visit to Alaska on August 6, Admiral Rachel Levine, the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, commended the organization for its efforts in advancing an inclusive future. Here’s the full story.
The Gender Clinic
Identity Alaska, a gender clinic based in Alaska, has garnered attention for its promotion of gender-inclusive biology education, which challenges traditional notions of biological sex and gender.
During her visit, Levine said, “These inspiring people work tirelessly to create a more equitable future, where all those living in the U.S. have equal access to lifesaving medical care.”
The Controversial Curriculum
The clinic’s curriculum, referred to as “gender-inclusive biology,” has sparked both praise and controversy for its approach to teaching young students about human biology and reproduction.
This curriculum is specifically tailored for science teachers, with the intention of fostering a more inclusive understanding of these complex topics among students from an early age.
Assigning Gender to Babies
The curriculum especially introduces the idea that medical professionals “assign” gender to babies, framing this process as an informed “guess.”
Additionally, the curriculum provides guidance on discussing sexual attraction with children, emphasizing age-appropriate communication.
Debated Aspects of the Curriculum
One of the most debated aspects of Identity Alaska’s curriculum centers around its recommendation to adopt accurate language when discussing human anatomy and reproduction.
Refrain From Using Mother
The curriculum advises educators to refrain from using the term “mother” in favor of more gender-neutral alternatives like “gestational parent,” “birth parent,” “egg producer,” or “carrier.”
The intention here is to move away from gender-specific language and create a more inclusive environment for all students.
For instance, rather than saying “when the mom gives birth,” the recommended phrasing becomes “when the baby exits the womb.”
Binary Terms Are Avoided
Similarly, the curriculum advocates for avoiding binary terms like “male” and “female” in favor of more descriptive language.
Changing Names of Hormones
This approach extends to the discussion of hormones and reproductive organs as well, replacing “male hormones” and “female hormones” with “testosterone or estrogen”.
Will There Be Consequences?
Critics of Identity Alaska’s curriculum raise concerns about potential confusion and misinformation among students.
Broader Academic and Professional Context
Some argue that the curriculum’s departure from traditional biological terminology may hinder students’ ability to understand established scientific concepts and communicate effectively in a broader academic and professional context.
It’s Just a Fad
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “As is the case, every single time you people cry about stuff like this, life will go on, no one will use the new terminology and it will be forgotten about in a week. You just always need something to cry about.”
The Woke Agenda
Another User wrote, “Not surprising. The Biden administration is fully on board with the insane woke agenda. The Left is trying to destroy America as this is part of the way they’re trying to do it.”
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