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Kat Tenbarge

Kat Tenbarge
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Nov 24
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Kids frequently go to concerts with female pop stars who wear sexy outfits, perform suggestive dances, and sing lyrics about sex — the kids sing along, wear their merch, and copy their mannerisms. This is never seen as a problem but equivalent drag performances are. You know why.

The problem has never been kids exposed to sex or suggestiveness. Kids have always been welcome to watch movies with their parents that have sexual innuendo, dine at Hooters, watch cheerleaders, and pass by magazine racks that include Playboy. Have you seen some movie posters?
Even kids themselves are allowed to depict sexiness. Look at the competitive dance circuit. Look at pageantry. Little Miss USA. Babies in “future heartbreaker” t-shirts posing with their fellow infant “girlfriends” and “boyfriends” of the opposite sex.
The PROBLEM is that drag and gender non-conformity and queerness oppose patriarchy. When gender norms are cast aside, when women are free to make their own choices, when people love each other outside the confines of heterosexuality — THAT is the problem. It’s not about the kids.
Part of the big lie is making it seem like queer people aren’t fit to be around children. In reality, children raised by same-sex parents are happier and more successful. It’s patriarchy that upholds child abuse and teaches girls they are only baby-makers and obedient wives.
Patriarchy says a man can’t wear a dress. It says that will harm children. Both of those ideas are false and rooted in fear and shame. People are beginning to recognize they have been indoctrinated by patriarchy, and those who uphold it are frantically lying about queer people.
Well, it won’t work. The vast majority of reasonable people see through the lies and the division. More people identify as LGBTQ than ever and you can’t hide your kids from the internet or modern society, which will expose the antiquated lies of LGBTQ hate. It’s a losing battle.
Tragically, that battle has a body count. Violent individuals radicalized by online hate rooted in falsehoods and fear are killing people. Rather than stop the radicalization or limit access to killing machines, they’re doubling down in their hatred. It’s imperative to fight back
Kat Tenbarge

Kat Tenbarge

@kattenbarge
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