“Acting Like A Girl”

9 Sep

New Lawsuit Demonizes Transgender Girl For Acting Like A Girl

https://thinkprogress.org/adf-minnesota-transgender-lawsuit-ac083770af3a#.ax1yfqhlt

 

Girl Plaintiff A would try to avoid Student X by coming early or changing on the opposite side of the room, but “Student X started moving throughout the locker room to change, dance, or sit, and he [sic] would make loud rude comments to other girls about Girl Plaintiff A and other girls who did not want to change near him [sic].” The complaint never explains how Girl Plaintiff A may have interacted with Student X in the first place, it just suggests that Student X was the rude one for calling out her rejection.
Apparently Student X enjoys the camaraderie of the locker room with her teammates:

“Student X began dancing in the locker room while Girl Plaintiff A and others prepared for track practice. Student X would dance in a sexually explicit manner — “twerking,” “grinding” or dancing like he [sic]was on a “stripper pole” to songs with explicit lyrics, including “Milkshake” by Kelis. On at least one occasion, Girl Plaintiff A saw Student X lift his [sic] dress to reveal his [sic] underwear while “grinding” to the music.”

The complaint lays this out as if the transgender student was some lewd anomaly. But after Parent A complained on behalf of Girl Plaintiff A, the school pointed out that “students, including Student X, are permitted to play music and dance in the locker room.” Dancing is a thing that happens in high school locker rooms.

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21 Responses to ““Acting Like A Girl””

  1. Miep 2016/09/09 at 5:00 pm #

    I tried to get into ThinkProgress to comment but all I got was Medium. Did Medium buy ThinKProgress? Maybe Medium has bought everybody, that would explain some things.

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  2. purplesagefem 2016/09/09 at 5:21 pm #

    OH. MY. GOD.

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  3. purplesagefem 2016/09/09 at 5:24 pm #

    This story was written by an LBGT editor. I am an L and I do not agree that this male student is a “typical girl” or that he should have the right to perv on female students.

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    • Miep 2016/09/09 at 5:29 pm #

      Yeah because it’s just so girlish to twerk in locker rooms and follow other girls around and yell at them for avoiding you and show your underwear with your likely erection bulging out. How oppressive to have issues with such behavior.

      I really gotta wonder about this Zack guy, that whole piece is so pedo.

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      • purplesagefem 2016/09/09 at 5:31 pm #

        I know eh? He’s gaslighting teenage girls into accepting abuse. Disgusting.

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        • Miep 2016/09/09 at 5:34 pm #

          Yeah. Accept the dick, or else.

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        • Miep 2016/09/09 at 5:42 pm #

          Just the whole idea that it’s okay to socially punish people for rejecting another person’s advances is so abusive, even if they are not overtly sexual, as these clearly are. In this case, it’s just plain rapey. Like how he suggests that the plaintiff had somehow brought this on. Girls, of course, socially reject each other all the time, but nobody cares about those girls, the ones rejected.

          But here, an actual person, meaning one with a dick, is being rejected in a space he has no business in, a space in which he is behaving outrageously, so this merits a sympathetic article. Jfc.

          I have no respect anymore for most journalism, and what’s happened to sites like ThinkProgress is especially painful. It’s like a virus. A virus of evil.

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  4. friendpilgrim 2016/09/10 at 12:28 am #

    I am an athlete. In high school, I was a competitive athlete, training for hours every day on top of my schoolwork and my other commitments (I was an officer in two clubs, had multiple volunteer commitments, and a role in the school play – sleep was a myth.) In order to manage everything, I broke up my training into several parts. I was in the locker room a LOT, on at least one occasion dressing for my part in the play directly after my third training session that day.

    At no point do I recall dancing in there. Changing clothes, yes. Showering, yes. Complaining about coaches, teachers, judges, parents, and other authority figures: totally. Dancing, no – and I don’t have anything against dancing. I have taught dancing on several occasions – everything from how to do Beyoncé moves to choreographing a ballet piece to teaching a woman raised in a fundamentalist cult how to dance at her first secular wedding. Heck, yesterday, I was soft shoeing as I cleaned at work. But I don’t dance in locker rooms. I don’t follow other people around in locker rooms. I don’t exhibit my undies in locker rooms – in fact, I infinitely prefer private cubicles. I want to be left the fuck alone if I have to use a locker room, and the described behavior of the trans child is awful – this is straight up exhibitionist porn soaked sexual harassment.

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    • Miep 2016/09/10 at 12:33 am #

      Yes. And published by ThinkProgress. I think that’s what bothers me most.

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    • Alexandra Hanson-Harding 2016/09/10 at 9:05 am #

      I’ll bet you didn’t showcase your penis in the girl’s locker room.

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      • friendpilgrim 2016/09/10 at 8:38 pm #

        And we have a winner! I didn’t showcase any part of my body in the girl’s locker room. You know those movies in the 80’s where some girl goes to high school wearing big glasses, baggy sweaters, and long skirts right up until the rich guy/football quarterback/interchangeable white guy with an expensive haircut takes her glasses off and kisses her at which point she changes into Molly Ringwald? If he’d tried it, I would have kneed him in the crotch. My baggy sweaters were there for a reason. Shower curtains are there for a reason. And all that time lifting/stretching/doing cardio? Yeah, I can leave the tread mark of my shoe several inches above my height. I want anyone who tries to attack me to have to explain how he got a broken nose in a “consensual encounter”. Even the pancake they use to cover stubble won’t cover a broken nose.

        See, as I stated before, I was a bullied kid. Until one day i was cornered with no way out. That was the day I discovered what it means to see red and go berserk. And while Ive carried that knowledge about myself for decades, I wouldn’t wish anyone else to have to. So I hope this creep and his enablers discover he bullied and harassed the wrong girls who will make him pay in a way i could only dream of when boys harassed me.

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  5. friendpilgrim 2016/09/10 at 12:33 am #

    And for the record, I was bullied in middle school and through most of high school. I did not chase the people who rejected and bullied me. I stayed as far from them as possible. I avoided my 25th high school reunion. I intend to continue this pattern.

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    • Miep 2016/09/10 at 12:34 am #

      Tell me about it.

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    • Miep 2016/09/10 at 12:36 am #

      That’s a very good point. Victims of school bullying rarely confront their tormenters. Maybe if cornered. But they certainly don’t follow them around.

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  6. Alexandra Hanson-Harding 2016/09/10 at 9:02 am #

    Things wrong with this article: 1. Student x tells a plaintiff he wants to change parts with her; Ford leaves this out of the article. 2. He says that student x is popular because some girls are laughing when he torments a girl by harassing her directly and twerking in front of her, lifting up his skirt and showing his penis in his tight underwear (what?). He says that “but students are allowed to dance! Yeah–right. That is harassment. 3. He neglects to mention that even when the girls are allowed to use an empty boy’s locker room to get away from student X’s harassment, he goes to the boy’s locker room while they are undressing and gets undressed there–plainly just to harass them. He is aggressive and malicious.

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  7. Alexandra Hanson-Harding 2016/09/10 at 9:04 am #

    I think the only way to read the article is side by side with the original lawsuit, seriously. It is so twisted. I am shocked he even embedded it in his article, it is so damning. I even went right onto his twitter feed and said so, and I recommend anyone else who has the ovaries to do so to follow suit. It is appalling.

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  8. Carrie-Anne 2016/09/10 at 8:59 pm #

    I have never, ever, EVER been in a locker room where anything like that went on! That Think Progress article is just horrific in its victim-blaming and excusing the aggressor. I see from perusing Mr. Ford’s profile that he’s written a bunch of other pro-trans articles, and that he’s a self-professed SJW. He must drink the Trans, Inc. Kool-Aid quite regularly.

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    • Miep 2016/09/10 at 9:58 pm #

      Mr. Ford got a bit of a taste of what he is promoting yesterday and today on Twitter, not that he will care. I really have no patience with “progressive” publishers who countenance such trash. We all know there are men like Zack around, but what on earth does ThinkProgress think they’re doing promoting such blatant misogyny and pedophilia?

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  9. lovetruthcourage 2016/09/13 at 8:34 am #

    Shame on Zack Ford and shame on ThinkProgress! What trash! I am an athlete and have spent a lifetime in locker rooms, and this is not normal behavior. It is sexual harassment and male entitlement / privilege. When do people push back? Do we need several rapes to wake people up? Locker room assignments should be by biology only. If you don’t like it, tough.

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