Feminist writer Jessica Valenti had a message for conservatives on Friday: You should understand LGBTQ terminology since her daughter's second-grade class did:
To the folks who find LGBTQ language “confusing”: If my daughter’s second grade class gets it, so can you. pic.twitter.com/kgDKlZH5jP
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) April 20, 2018
She then tweeted a photo, purportedly from her daughter's class, which contained definitions of LGBTQ terms like “cisgender” and “queer.” The class defined the term “queer,” for example, as “a person who doesn't identify as straight or bi or gay or lesbian.”
“It's complex and can mean a lot of things!” the class's definition also read.
There was just one problem many Twitter users saw. Why was a second-grade class learning how to define those terms in the first place?:
2nd grade? Honestly, for kids, that’s inappropriate & should not be celebrated. A basic understanding in human development would indicate that kids at that age don’t understand basic activities for daily living, let alone experiment with sex.
— James Line (@JIMMYLINE) April 20, 2018
I appreciate the efforts in trying to educate early on, but this seems excessive in my opinion. I think this should be something taught by parents and stressed in sex-ed. Maybe not 2nd grade? Just my thoughts.
— Payton (@wasemillerp) April 20, 2018
Stick to learning to read and write.
— Brian + Always Texas ! (@Pork_Hunter) April 23, 2018
I agree! I suggest all future parent's homeschool! Teacher's in 2nd grade should stick to the 3 R's!
I support LGBT community I don't support 7 & 8 yr old children being indoctrinated in any way whether it be politics or sexual orientations.
— Debbie❤🌴🌞 (@Eevildebs) April 23, 2018
Jessica you’re a disgusting human being for allowing a SECOND GRADER to be Taught this. This is child abuse.
— James (@TrumpisPres45) April 24, 2018
Valenti responded by lamenting how people can be so “dumb & hateful”:
On the scale of controversial things I've tweeted, thought this was pretty low on the scale - but apparently I underestimated how dumb & hateful people can be.
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) April 23, 2018
Valenti, a columnist for The Guardian, has made controversial statements in the past and previously suggested that the white women who voted for President Donald Trump were “white supremacists.” She also suggested that people who voted for Trump shouldn't show “moral outrage” over Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's indiscretions.