What is this world coming to?
An anti-bullying book about a boy who likes to wear women's clothing has been pulled by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system after complaints from family groups.
As Heat Street reports, “Jacob's New Dress is the story of a young boy who is bullied at school for wanting to dress like a girl before progressively gaining acceptance from his classmates. The story starts off with Jacob being singled out during a class where children are invited to put on different clothes and imagine themselves in different characters. Jacob decides to put on a dress and a crown and fiercely declares : “I’ll be the princess!””
The book was written by Ian Hoffman and his wife Sarah after their personal experiences when their four-year-old son would wear dresses while playing with dinosaurs.
The controversial story was meant to introduce kids of kindergarten age to the idea of gender fluidity. And it was chosen as part of the lesson plan for first graders at Charlotte Mecklenburg schools for Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition (NCVC), said she was tipped off about the book by a teacher who complained parents were not told the book would be added to the curriculum.
“It’s clearly geared to young children. The book is meant as a tool of indoctrination to normalize transgender behavior. I think a lot of parents would object to that,” she said.
Eventually, after a petition and protests, the book was pulled.
“The purpose of our elementary schools is to teach writing, reading and arithmetic, not to encourage boys to wear dresses…These lessons found in the book, Jacob’s New Dress…are not appropriate for any child whose parents support traditional family values,” a statement on the NCVC website reads.
Sarah Hoffman defended her book in a bizarre way, telling The Observer, “If a white kid reads a book about Martin Luther King Jr., will they become black? This book is about a little boy who wears a dress, something outside of traditional gender roles, much like the idea of a girl wearing pants was 100 years ago. It’s about following your heart.”
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