Menstrual Equity Act

Menstrual Equity Act

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Menstrual Equity Laws

According to womensvoices.org sixty-two menstrual equity laws have been passed in the U.S. in the last eight years.((McConnell, Jamie. “Sixty-Two Menstrual Equity Laws Passed in the United States.” Womens Voices, womensvoices.org, 2 May 2022, https://womensvoices.org/2022/05/02/sixty-two-menstrual-equity-laws-passed-in-the-united-states/))When I first heard menstrual equity I was not sure what the term was referring to. My initial thought was the ‘disadvantaged’ or ‘women of color’ were somehow not receiving the health care that all the rich white folks come to expect. 

Imagine my surprise when these new laws, at least in part, had to do with providing feminine hygiene products to men, or I should say to those who identify as men, in the men’s bathroom. What on earth would they use them for? Well, they may identify as men, but biologically they are women because where would a man with a penis, put a tampon? Or is that question off the table? If I understand this correctly, it is it the female sex who is identifying as a male gender who is in need of feminine hygiene products while using the men’s bathroom. Somewhat convoluted isn’t it? 

The progressive affirming thinking is, “While there has been progress on the policy front, an area that needs improvement is the language being used in many of laws and bills addressing menstrual equity. Many of them refer to menstrual products as “feminine hygiene” products…when we use the term “feminine” we push people out of the conversation. There are people who use these items who do not identify as women.”((McConnell, Jamie. “Sixty-Two Menstrual Equity Laws Passed in the United States.” Womens Voices, womensvoices.org, 2 May 2022, https://womensvoices.org/2022/05/02/sixty-two-menstrual-equity-laws-passed-in-the-united-states/)) 

I understand that. Women who identify as men are still in need of those products because, biologically, they are women. I also understand that there are biological men who identify as women. It makes me wonder why there is no push for urinals in the women’s restroom. I suppose it is because toilets can serve both men and women, and if a man feels his gender is female, he would rather not use a urinal, pointing out the disparity. 

Wisdom of the Progressive State

So what are we to do? The California progressive wisdom is to allow individuals to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Of course, that is a problem if you are a biological woman using the men’s room and it is during your menstruation cycle. So California bill 367 was signed into law on October 8th, 2021 by Governor Newsom. Among other things, it states that in public schools, at least one boys’ bathroom needs to be stocked with menstrual products. At what cost? This bill, introduced by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, is reported to cost up to $800,000.((Seeley, Alice. “CA may spend nearly $1 million on men’s menstrual products.” Campus Reform, campusreform.org, 31 July, 2021, https://campusreform.org/article?id=17893))

And now, here in our little Tuolumne County, we are forced to play the games dictated by the state. For example, last month, my school installed sanitary napkin dispensers in the boys’ bathrooms. Well, actually, they may have only installed the dispensers in one boys’ bathroom, but you can see the idiocy of such gender-affirming laws. 

In defense of the school administration, they had no choice but to abide by the state laws, but this should be a wake-up call to the direction our state and country are going and has been going for the last several years. 

What is next? If a student identifies as a cat, will the state require bathroom litterboxes? If that is ridiculous, then explain the difference to me. If a girl can say she is a boy and be allowed to use the boy’s bathroom, defying all reason, logic, and biology. Why can’t the same identify as a cat, also defying all reason, logic, and biology?

California is not the only state to follow such idiotic policies championed by the progressive left. Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed the Menstrual Dignity Act, which forces taxpayers of that state to shell out hundreds of thousands for tampon dispensers to be installed in boys’ bathrooms. Tony Perkins reports, “Thanks to the Menstrual Dignity Act that just passed, local taxpayers are now on the hook for thousands of new tampon dispensers in boys’ bathrooms. This latest madness, which affects every public school and college in the state, is expected to cost up to $400 a machine.”((Perkins, Tony. “Striving for ‘Menstrual Equity,’ Oregon Puts Tampons in Men’s Bathrooms at Public Schools, Colleges.” The Daily Signal, dailysignal.com, 4 May 2022, https://www.dailysignal.com/2022/05/04/striving-for-menstrual-equity-oregon-puts-tampons-in-mens-bathrooms-at-public-schools-colleges/))

Facing the Facts

Gender dysphoria is real. Some ‘feel’ they are male trapped in a female body, and others feel female trapped in a male body, but why assume the body is incorrect? Couldn’t the brain be? 

There is nothing to assume at birth; every mother and father for thousands of years need only a glance to see if they have had a son or daughter, a male or female. Yet, now we are told that just looking at the anatomy to determine their sex is ‘assigning’ a child’s gender. 

The progressive left in the U.S. is now behind the curve in realizing the dangers of gender-affirming health care, specifically puberty blockers and realignment surgery. 

The term ‘gender-affirming health care was not even heard of 10 years ago; now we have the President of the United States, the Governor of California, and others weighing in on this issue that has suddenly taken the cultural spotlight. This condition has become and is a social contagion. If you doubt this, explain how reports and diagnoses of gender dysphoria have increased by 5000 percent in less than ten years!((Montgomery, Jack, “Not Safe: U.K. Health Service Shuts Down Tavistock, Infamous For Child Trans Treatments” Breitbart News, 29 July 2022, https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2022/07/29/not-safe-uk-health-service-shuts-down-tavistock-infamous-for-child-trans-treatments/ 29 October 2022)) What person who can step outside the legacy media spoon feeding, self-indulgent, follow your heart, trust your feelings, montra can be comfortable with those kinds of numbers? 

Common Sense on the Horizon

But sometimes, as rare as it has been over the last several years, common sense is beginning to loom over the horizon from the one place you would least expect: Europe. 

Shock of all shocks, the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom is pulling the plug on Gender reassignment surgery. Wesley Smith reports in the National Review that most children grow out of the gender confusion stage, and doctors, along with other medical professionals, should consider it a “transient phase.”((Smith, Wesley, J. “NHS Wars Gender Dysphoria in Teens Coluld Be’ Transient Phase.” National Review, October 24 2022, https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/nhs-warns-gender-dysphoria-in-teens-could-be-transient-phase/. October 29 2022))

The BBC reported the NHS is shutting down Tavistock, the only dedicated gender identity clinic for children and teens.((Andersson, Jasmine. Rhoden-Paul, Andre. “NHS to close Tavistock child gender identity clinic.” BBC, July 28, 2022, https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-62335665 October 29, 2022)) Why? For those of us who still understand that only women can have babies and only women can have menstrual periods, the answer is obvious. We have two genders, two sexes and what has taken our culture by storm is, in fact, a ‘Social Contagion.’ It denies basic biology, reason, logic, and common sense. 

Susan Evans, a former nurse at the Tavistock Clinic, says there were politics behind the skyrocketing diagnoses. Detection, verification, and prognosis were certainly influenced by culture. Many in the medical profession have reported if you questioned or even hinted at something other than simply affirming the gender dysphoria treatment, you were swimming upstream, if not ostracised. Evans wrote, “The treatment pathway of children with gender dysphoria [was] becoming ever more politicized, and moving away from high standards of clinical mental healthcare with good assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment.”((Zindulka, Kurt. “Trans Specialists Blame’ Toxic Mdeia’ for Creating’ Culture of Fear’ Around Child Genders Services.” Breitbart News, 3 November, 2022. https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2022/11/03/trans-specialists-blame-toxic-media-for-creating-culture-of-fear-around-child-gender-services/. 5 November 2022))

Evidence shows that children who experience gender dysphoria often grow out of it, but if they take pubery blockers or have realignment surgery, they are often scarred for life! The Society for Evidence-Based Gender Medicine reports, “Childhood-onset gender dysphoria has been shown to have a high rate of natural resolution, with 61%-98% of children reidentifying with their biological sex during puberty.((“Sharp Increase in Incidence of Gender Dysphoria in Children and Young People.” Society For Evidence Base Gender Medicine, segm.org, N.D. https://segm.org/))

The whole ‘gender-affirming care’ stance is beginning to stumble in Europe, and I hope the U.S. will soon follow suit. Nevertheless, keeping in line with the progressive left, President Joe Biden is all in for that kind of treatment and supports reassignment surgery. In a White House Interview by the trans activist Dylan Mulvaney, Biden was asked about banning gender-affirming health care. Biden said, “I don’t think any state or anybody should have a right to do that, as a moral question and as a legal question, I just think it’s wrong.”((Research RNC, [RNC Research] “Joe Biden says ‘it’s wrong’ for states to ban sex reassignment surgery and puberty blockers for kids.” Twitter, October 23, 2022, https://twitter.com/RNCResearch/status/1584325795665047553?s=20&t=z1YWReAI1iZ6crLD9miqhw)) 

California Governor Newsom, who will likely make a white house run in 2024, is no different.((Yurcaba Jo. “California governor signs bill offering legal refuge to transgender youths.” NBC News, September 30 2022, https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-politics-and-policy/california-governor-signs-bill-offering-legal-refuge-transgender-youth-rcna50240. October 29, 2022)) In September Newsom signed a bill offering legal refuge to transgender youths that can’t get treatment in their own states, making California sanctuary state for yet another progressive paragon. 

In a Floria ad, Newsome says, “Freedom, it’s under attack in your state. Republican leaders, they’re banning books, making it harder to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, even criminalizing women and doctors.    

I urge all of you living in Florida to join the fight. Or join us in California, where we still believe in freedom — freedom of speech, freedom to choose, freedom from hate and the freedom to love,”((Sridhar, Priya. “California Gov. Gavin Newsom Runs Ads in Florida, Raising Questions About Presidential Aspirations.” Associated Press, 5 July, 2022, https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/california-gov-gavin-newsom-runs-ads-in-florida-raising-questions-about-presidential-aspirations/2987532/. 5 November, 2022)) It is all about freedom and phrasing it in such a way that if you disagree you are intolerant, bigoted, and hateful. Freedom to have an abortion is called reproductive health care. Freedom for your underage child to have her breasts cut off is called realignment surgery. Freedom to live in California despite being an illegal alien is called a sanctuary. 

Too Little Too Late?

Pushing back against the tide that seems to be turning against such treatments are medical practitioners who Tavistock previously employed. Before the clinic was shut down, they were completely supportive of puberty blockers and realignment surgery, such as breast removal. They criticized the use of “…the words’ male’ and ‘female’ calling for them to be relaced with their Newspeak alternatives: ‘assigned (assumed) male at birth (AMAB)’ or ‘assigned (assumed) female at birth (AFAB).'”((Zindulka, Kurt. “Trans Specialists Blame’ Toxic Mdeia’ for Creating’ Culture of Fear’ Around Child Genders Services.” Breitbart News, 3 November, 2022. https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2022/11/03/trans-specialists-blame-toxic-media-for-creating-culture-of-fear-around-child-gender-services/. 5 November 2022)) If the powerhouse, left-leaning news agencies can change the phrasing of the rhetoric and re-educate the masses they will win. 

Another example of changing the vocabulary to suit better the progressive agenda you’ll find in the Oregon public school system. In the Oregon student tool kit for teachers, educators are told to use menstruating students instead of girls, menstrual products instead of feminine hygiene products, someone may begin to menstruate instead of girls may begin to menstruate.((Oregon Department of Education, Department of Education. (2022) Menstrual Dignity for Students Toolkit, Oregon Department of Education.))

Change the language, call it progress, dismiss those who disagree, attack their character, and finally move them from the adult table to the children’s room. Our children can look forward to this if they disagree with the cultural narrative. For those of us who can see what is taking place, it is our job to warn them and others before the sanctity of truth is replaced with the sanctity of feelings. 

Those who are really convinced that they have made progress in science would not demand freedom for the new views to continue side by side with the old, but the substitution of the new views for the old. – Lenin

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The Truth Behind Mask Mandates

The Truth Behind Mask Mandates

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Not long ago, Anderson Cooper Tweeted “The science has changed.” concerning the mask mandates.1 This was according to Dr. Leana Wen, who is a favorite medical expert with Legacy news. 

As of 13 February 2022, the daily average of new cases was about 154,912. That is about 10,000 cases MORE than we had last September, 4 months ago. And last September, Dr. Wen told CNN’s Chris Cuomo (just a couple of months before CNN fired Cuomo) that unvaccinated people are no better than people who drive while drunk. She believes they should be placed under house arrest and not allowed in public. “We need to start looking at the choice to remain unvaccinated the same as we look at driving while intoxicated… You have the option to not get vaccinated if you want, but then you can’t go out in public.”2 As of today, 22 February 2022, the daily average is down to 81,823. And that makes sense; how? We had about 10,000 more cases this past month than four months ago when the left wanted to lock in everyone who would not cooperate by wearing a mask, and now they are easing out of the restrictions. The bottom line is the political left sees the midterms looming shortly and the public opinion shifting against mask mandates. 

Professor Edward Fuller of Pennsylvania State University tweeted, “Why is it a parent’s right to endanger the lives of other people’s kids and of teachers? Maybe [people] wearing masks should just drive drunk and speed [through] the neighborhoods of pro-COVID parents as a way to excise [sic] their freedom and rights.”3 Delightful, how the left can suggest that the unvaccinated should be placed under house arrest indefinitely and be compared to drunk drivers. Then University Professors can propose they be run over without any consequence. I am guessing he was not banned from Facebook or Twitter because he spews the same hate, disdain, and contempt that has become so popular this past year on social media. 

Last Friday, Bill Gates publicly mocked those who were anti-mask at the 2022 Munich Security Conference. Attending were Melanie Joly, Canada’s foreign affairs minister; Ann Linde, Sweden’s foreign affairs minister; Comfort Ero, C.E.O. of the International Crisis Group; and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) director-general, as well as CNBC’s Hadley Beale, who was leading the discussion.((Meads, Tim. “Bill Gates Mocks Those Against Mask Mandates: Why Do We Have To Wear Pants?” Daily Wire, dailywire.com, 21 February 2022, https://www.dailywire.com/news/bill-gates-mocks-those-against-mask-mandates-why-do-we-have-to-wear-pants)) During the discussion Gates was asked about masks and said people in America are conflicted about wearing them. Gates responded mockingly (typical leftist strategy to insult rather than reason) “Well that’s interesting you know what is the downside of wearing a mask? I mean it’s got to be tough, you know, you have to wear pants. I mean this is tough stuff, these societies are so cruel, why do they make you wear pants? I’m trying to figure it out.”4

About a year ago, the Biden administration levied the mask rule on all airline flights. Those who did not comply were fined or removed from the aircraft. In 2021 and early in 2022, the F.A.A. reported 6,300 unruly-passenger incidents, and over 2/3 of them were mask-related. 

For months now, some airlines have been questioning the effectiveness of masks on aircraft. Last December, the chief exec of Southwest Airlines said, “The case is very strong that masks don’t add much, if anything, in the air cabin environment.”5 The good news is, as of March 18th, the mandated order is set to expire, said a T.S.A. spokeswoman.((Wolfe, Jonathan. “Coronavirus Briefing: The end of mask mandates on airplanes?” New York Times, 23 February 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/23/briefing/covid-vaccine-briefing.html 23 February 2022.))

I have been teaching for over 20 years, and masks are a disservice to students. The supposed benefits of masks in preventing illness or death among children is a fraction, of a fraction, of a percent. Moreover, they are disruptive to learning and communicating in class. If what the left is telling us is accurate, a healthy, fully vaccinated teacher is close to impervious to COVID-19 and the following variants, which in themselves go a long way to bringing immunity to a population. A USC education article reported, “COVID-19 is less of a threat to children than accidents or the common flu. The survival rate among American children with confirmed cases is approximately 99.99%; remarkably, recent studies find an even higher survival rate.”6 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be removing all remaining coronavirus restrictions in England, and they are planning on living with the virus long time, much like we do with seasonal flu and cold. “We will remove all remaining domestic restrictions in law. From this Thursday, the 24th of February, we will end the legal requirement to self isolate following a positive test,” Johnson told parliament. “We will end routine contact tracing, and no longer ask fully vaccinated close contacts and those under 18 to test daily for seven days. And we will remove the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate.”7

Masks may be partially effective in shielding adults from COVID, but when is it virtuous to saddle children for the benefit of adults?

The Atlantic reports in Spain, masks were required for children six and older. The authors of a study noted if masks were a benefit for those using them, the transmission rate among 5-year-olds would be significantly higher than those who were six and older, but the results did not display that trend. In fact, the transmission rates increased age. “Instead, they show that transmission rates, which were low among the youngest kids, steadily increased with age—rather than dropping sharply for older children subject to the face-covering requirement. This suggests that masking kids in school does not provide a major benefit and might provide none at all. And yet many officials prefer to double down on masking mandates, as if the fundamental policy were sound and only the people have failed.”8

States and counties are reducing restrictions concerning masks left and right, and those looking at looming elections are pushing for a return to normal, but school-age children have had the longest to wait. Too long, and they should have been the first in line to adopt changes as the ‘Science Changes.’ 

One reason some claim is children need more protection, but we know that has not been the case. The Atlantic reported last week, “Throughout the pandemic, children have been at lower risk of serious illness than adults. In the latest C.D.C numbers hospitalization rates for children 0–4 with COVID are estimated at 3.8 per 100,000 and for the 5–11 group at 1 per 100,000. By comparison, the rates in the 18–49, 50–64, and over 65 groups are 3.7, 8.5, and 22, respectively.((Oster, Emily, “Kids-Last COVID Policy Makes No Sense” The Atlantic, 21 February 2022. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/02/relaxing-covid-restrictions-kids/622857/. 25 February 2022))

A more likely reason for school-age children with mask mandates has to do with the powerful teacher unions and other political entities. Don’t tell me this has not become political. Most of you have noticed that the higher unvaccinated populations fall in more conservative counties and states. And those areas and regions with higher vaccinated populations have stricter rules, laws, and regulations concerning masks and what the unvaccinated may do in public. Emily Oster noted in The Atlantic, “Three-year-old kids in the Northeast wearing KN95 masks outdoors at recess (yes, there are places where this is still required) do not protect unvaccinated adults in the South.”…Some children are more vulnerable than others, of course, and society owes special attention to high-risk kids. But it doesn’t follow that COVID restrictions for children ought to stay uniformly in place after they’ve been removed for their parents.”9 Looking at the science, school children should not be faced greater restrictions and mask mandates than staff or parents. It makes no sense that our students are still required to wear masks. 

In Southern California, for example, when you compare Los Angeles and Orange County, two counties adjacent to each other that had similar vaccination rates but very different masking requirements, the hospitalization rates were quite similar.((Smelkinson, Margery. Bienen, Leslie. Noble, Jeanne. “The Case Against Masks at School” The Atlantic, 26 January 2022. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/01/kids-masks-schools-weak-science/621133/ 25 February 2022))

On the Clay Travis show, they interviewed Dr. Smelkinson, an infectious-disease researcher who focused on influenza, and SARS-CoV-2 and they discussed the very same information. “But when you present the mask issue and say, “Look. Orange County doesn’t have mask mandates in school; Los Angeles did. There was no discernible difference,” what do people that are really invested in this say to that research? I mean, I’m sure you got a lot of heat for this article. What’s their response to you just saying, “This is what the numbers are telling us, guys”?…” I mean, that’s why we had to put so much data into this piece, right? ‘Cause like, you know, one piece of data is not gonna convince anybody. So that’s actually why we crunched the numbers in Maryland as well.((Travis, Clay. Sexton, Buck. “Dr. Margery Smelkinson to C&B: Don’t Mask Kids In Schools.” 1 February 2022. https://www.clayandbuck.com/dr-margery-smelkinson-to-cb-dont-mask-kids-in-schools/ 25 February 2022))

Greece and Italy found that masking is a hindrance to speech recognition, hearing, and communication. I have found this to be true when I am teaching not only between teacher and student but student to student. And it should be evident that hearing-impaired children or children who lip-read are significantly hindered in their communications. 

Our local school boards should lift the mask mandates and put the children first, ahead of powerful unions, politics, and the adults who are living in fear. Fear does not stop death; it stops life. 

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  1. Cooper, Anderson [AC360]Twitter, 7 February 2022, https://twitter.com/AC360/status/1490863954700210178. []
  2. Johnson, Ben. “Fact Check: Did The Science Really Change On Mask Mandates?” Daily Wire, 16 February 2022, https://www.dailywire.com/news/fact-check-did-the-science-really-change-on-mask-mandates. 23, February 2022. []
  3. Parker, Alex. “Driven to Hysterics: Professor Suggest Anti-Maskers Should Be Hit by Drunk Drivers.” Red State, 24 January 2022, https://redstate.com/alexparker/2022/01/24/driven-to-hysterics-professor-suggests-anti-maskers-should-be-hit-by-drunk-drivers-n512079. 2 February 2022. []
  4. Meads, Tim. “Bill Gates Mocks Those Against Mask Mandates: Why Do We Have To Wear Pants?” Daily Wire, dailywire.com, 21 February 2022, https://www.dailywire.com/news/bill-gates-mocks-those-against-mask-mandates-why-do-we-have-to-wear-pants []
  5. Wolfe, Jonathan. “Coronavirus Briefing: The end of mask mandates on airplanes?” New York Times, 23 February 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/23/briefing/covid-vaccine-briefing.html 23 February 2022. []
  6. Sood, Neeraj. Bhatacharya, Jay. “Mandatory Masking of School Children is a Bad Idea.” Healthpolicy.usc.edu, The Orange County Register, 13 July, 2021, https://healthpolicy.usc.edu/article/mandatory-masking-of-school-children-is-a-bad-idea/ []
  7. Saavedra, Ryan. “British Prime Minister Boris Johnson To Remove All Remaining Coronavirus Restrictions in England” The Daily Wire, dailywire.com, 21 Feburary 2022, https://www.dailywire.com/news/british-prime-minister-boris-johnson-to-remove-all-remaining-coronavirus-restrictions-in-england []
  8. Prasad, Vinay. “The Downsides of Masking Young Students Are Real.” The Atlantic, theatlantic.com, 2 September, 2021, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/09/school-mask-mandates-downside/619952/ []
  9. Oster, Emily, “Kids-Last COVID Policy Makes No Sense” The Atlantic, 21 February 2022. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/02/relaxing-covid-restrictions-kids/622857/. 25 February 2022 []

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