Our old pal, Virginia Del. “Sideshow Bob” Marshall (R-Manassas) has really been fired up this General Assembly session. As usual, he’s fired up about telling women what (not) to do with their bodies. But he’s even more fired up (if that’s possible) in working to ensure that transgender kids don’t pee in the “wrong” bathroom or be recognized as natural or normal in any way.
For instance, check out Del. Marshall’s bill on “Discrimination; separation of the sexes,” directing that local School Boards in Virginia only “enact policies prohibiting discrimination in education” if they “[recognize] the inherent differences between males and females and the mere separation of the sexes by such policy based on such differences shall not constitute discrimination.”
It’s absurd and mean-spirited, of course, but sadly typical for Del. “Sideshow Bob” Marshall. Even more absurd, if that’s possible, is Marshall’s lengthy explanation as to why all this stuff is (supposedly) so important in his (warped) mind. In laying out his case, such as it is, for anti-LGBT discrimination, Del. Marshall quotes several doctors and other (highly questionable) sources on what they claim to be (supposedly) crucial differences between men and women. Here are a few “highlights” for your…edification, I guess. OK, maybe not. Heh. Seriously, though, keep in mind that a member of the Virginia House of Delegates is actually using all this garbage to justify discrimination.
- “The soft, smooth skin of the infant bespeaks the soft, smooth skin of the woman. As we, out of solicitude, envelop the baby in soft, smooth coverings, so, also, with even greater solicitude, does nature. What baby, if given a choice, would prefer to be cuddled and cherished by a rough-skinned, hairy and stubbly male? Touch, the most fundamental of the senses, and a major means of communicating love, is facilitated in man by furless skin, and is enhanced in the woman and infant by their mutual tactile softness”
- “The infant’s need to be held, carried and comforted bespeaks the woman’s cradling arms, arms that contrast significantly with the throwing arms of the male. The difference is not only evident in sports, but is even seen in the way children carry their books: boys at their sides; girls in front of them with flexed arms. The girls’ inclinations to encircle and encompass foretells the future cradling of the nursling close to the heart and breast of an initiation of a bosom friendship.”
- “The infant’s inability to communicate verbally and conceptually bespeaks the woman’s ability to communicate through a modality of ‘feeling’: of knowing and loving through the intuitive, the poetic, the experiential and the affective.”
- “Boys as young as two years of age, given a choice between violent fairy tales and fuzzy fairy tales, usually choose the violent stories. Girls as young as two years of age consistently choose the warm and fuzzy stories…A preference for violent stories seems to be normal for five- to seven-year old boys, while the same preference in five- to seven-year-old girls suggests a psychiatric disorder.”
- “Human aggression is essentially a problem for men, not women. It is men who wage wars, engage in bitter competition, fight each other individually, and maintain vendettas lasting for years or even centuries.”
So anyway…for all these fine reasons and many others, Del. “Sideshow Bob” concludes the following:
Any ordinance that recognizes the inherent differences between males and females, including the biological characteristics or qualities that distinguish an individual as either male or female as determined at birth, and the mere separation of the sexes by such ordinance based on such differences shall not constitute discrimination, provided that such separation is consistent with Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of Virginia.
In sum, according this right-wing extremist/theocrat, school boards in Virginia can continue to treat transgender kids badly because of women’s “cradling arms,” men’s “throwing arms,” etc. Make sense? Nope, didn’t think so. The question, as always, is who are the voters who elect people like “Sideshow Bob” (or his ideological soulmate, Fairfax County School Board member Elizabeth Schultz) in the first place???