It’s Not a ‘Slippery Slope’ Anymore

Keeping things "Age-Appropriate" brings new questions.
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When America’s Got Talent was still relevant and reputable, my mom and I ritually watched the show together on Tuesday nights. Usually it was a lighthearted affair, but I distinctly remember when a stilted crossdresser made his first appearance on television screens across America.

“Turn that off!” my mom yelled from across the room. Days later, I overheard my mom tell my grandmother in a hushed tone, “the producers knew exactly what they were putting on before it aired. I thought this was supposed to be a family show.”

Compared to the “family friendly drag shows” that took place in Dallas this weekend, this memory seems rather innocent. My childhood is full of scattered memories similar to the one I described; my family had to work very hard to shelter my eyes from the obscenities of the changing world. Parents today face an even more perilous task of raising kids in this era of hyper-sexuality and the embrace of depravity.

Educators face a similarly arduous task. I recently told my high-school students that I was asked to share my pronouns for the first time as a senior in high school; I am saddened that they do not remember a time before which the assertion of pronouns (and false pronouns) was a regular topic of discussion and debate.

I cannot tell my students to “turn off” the messages they receive from society at large (although I wish it were as easy as powering down a television screen), but I can ask them to reflect on what is TRUE. Ideally, educators and parents work together to point our children towards the peace that comes from knowing and clinging onto the truth.

Unfortunately, however, more and more parents are allowing and endorsing the most far-fetched ideas of the LGBT movement to take hold of young minds. The family drag show in Dallas is only one example of many pride-month events that will capture the attention of children across the country this month and in years ahead.

Although some law-making bodies (like the Florida legislature) have pushed for age-appropriate sex education, appropriateness and social mores are moving targets. What is appropriate for one family or educator will not be satisfactory for another. Clearly, the videos and reporting of the weekend have shown that the values of citizens across the United States are separating even further.

Under the U.S. federal code, the creation of child pornography is explicitly illegal. Now, Texas is working to ban children from drag shows altogether. The bottom line is this: the activist efforts of the LGBT revolution will never be satiated. It seems ironic that many of the same individuals who speak out against sexual predators in the post #MeToo era are the same individuals who advocate for this new type of sexual exploration.

This topic is no longer a theoretical “slippery slope.” Children continue to be the innocent victims of radical social and sexual experiements, and it is the job of citizenry as a whole— families, educators, policy makers, and influencers— to ensure that we do not continue dragging our children off this cliff of despair and destruction.

Juliana Sweeny
Juliana Sweeny is a high school history and biblical studies teacher in Loudoun County, Virginia. She is also the executive producer for the Teacher’s Lounge podcast.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Chalkboard Review team.

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