Today’s 400-word press release makes no mention of the terms “women”, “girls” or “young women.”
At the request of transgender activists, it has become increasingly common for organizations not to refer to women or girls, but rather to “menstruating people”, “pregnant people” or “people with a cervix ”.
This is because transgender activists say men also have a cervix, give birth, and have their period.
For example, they argue that if someone who is born female, is genetically female, and has female anatomy, decides that they are male, then that person should be considered a full male, while continuing to have a female physical constitution – including experiencing periods.
They also believe that there are many genders, not just male and female, and therefore someone could be of the “Two-Spirit Neutral” gender and have their period.
In addition, many transgender activists also argue that schoolchildren are able to decide whether to live as the opposite sex to the one they were raised with, and have been successful in some areas in getting advice on this issue listed in the school guidelines.
An overview of this school of thought can be found in the journal Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies, when a contributor wrote an article titled “Degendering Menstruation: Making Trans Menstruators Matter”.
The journal article explores “the nature of menstruation, which many perceive as a strictly female bodily function, despite the recognition by many researchers that menstruation has different gender identities.”
Last year, bestselling children’s author JK Rowling elicited an angry reaction from trans activists when she scoffed at the phenomenon, saying, “Periods. I’m sure there was a word for these people. Someone is helping me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? “
The department said £ 2.6million had been set aside to “make free period products available to all periodically pupils, in primary, secondary and special schools”.
This is a three-year pilot program.
In a statement, Minister McIlveen said, “No one should miss their education because they cannot afford or access these essentials.
“Providing free products will help students confidently manage their period in school, reduce anxiety and stress, and allow students to focus on their learning.
“The pilot will also tackle the lack of understanding and the stigma around rules that negatively impact young people.”
More information can be found on the DE website www.education-ni.gov.uk/articles/pilot-scheme-address-period-dignity-schools
The Department of Education has been contacted for comment.
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