'Teaching' Tolerance

Could your child be a potential homophobe?

This is a question haunting urban elves and making them wonder how they will ensure they’re kids don’t grow up to be ignorant rubes.

At least, that’s what a Slateguide is telling me. Specifically: “The Straight Parents’ Guide to How Not to Raise a Homophobe—and How to Be a Better Ally.”

Written by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie, a journalist based in tony part of London, the premise behind the article is the author’s three-year-old son erroneously thinking that proper families have one mommy and one daddy. In an attempt to overcome her child’s programmed bigotry (which apparently contradicts all those notions that hatred is learned), McRobbie sought out the help of a “respected” lesbian mom with the appropriate nickname, Mombian.

After consulting with Mombian and the vast literature on how to drum racial thoughts out of White kids, this guide offered clear strategies to ensure your kid would never think that the norm for families is to have biological parents raise children.

They include:

  • Talk about sexual identity in an age-appropriate manner.
  • Censor yourself and only use language that promotes tolerance
  • Use toys and games to drill into your kid’s head that it’s ok to have two mommies or two daddies.
  • Buy books and media that will indoctrinate them into thinking like any good little urban elf should

What’s pretty interesting here is the insane amount of anxiety this woman has about her kid not thinking the right thoughts. It’s clear, as McRobbie even somewhat admits, that this quest to be a “good ally” is not driven by some altruistic desire to make her kid better, but to alleviate her own liberal guilt. In order to do that, it requires brainwashing her children into buying into political correctness at the earliest age possible.

That also means confusing them when the child inevitably asks, “Did the two mommies make the kid?” when the answer is clearly no. Though McRobbie seems fine with denying basic biology for the sake of ideology as she claims that Mombian “had” her son with her female partner and never is the idea that her child’s wonderment at the idea of two same-sex parents is a natural response to an unnatural phenomenon. But then again, this might be the ideal model for 21st century families, according to bank commercials.

It’s also noteworthy that thinking it’s odd for a child to have two same-sex “parents” is now classified as homophobia. The definition for intolerance keeps expanding.

It’s obvious that this guide is driven more by status consciousness than by any commitment to principles. The parent implicitly feels that her own standing will be hurt if her kid notices obvious truths and she will lose progressive credibility. Considering that this guide was published in the go-to opinion source for upper-class liberals, it’s apparent McRobbie’s readers share her convictions. It’s worth remembering that the stated politics of urban elves is not necessarily determined by sincere belief, but by social conditioning that tells them what views are acceptable. This is the same type of conditioning that’s driving this young mother up the wall about her progeny’s beliefs.

But what this guide really tells us is that the most socially-conscious liberals, the same people who 20 or 30 years ago would’ve been wanting their kids to form their own thoughts now want to force their kids to believe in all the same things that they do. It’s 2015 y’know, and free thought is for another century.

There was one rich response to the guide that undermined its liberal credibility—the author never entertained the thought her boy might grow up to be gay. This was a clear faux pas and resulted in some serious finger wagging from the observant commenter.

Which goes to show that there’s always progress to be made.