Equal Opportunity Stupidity
Students at Pineview Elementary in Reedsburg had been dressing in costume all last week as part of an annual school tradition called Wacky Week. On Friday, students were encouraged to dress either as senior citizens or as members of the opposite sex.Please allow me the opportunity to point out that this is an extreme overreaction by the radio station, which has resulted in parents going crazy over, well, nothing.
A local resident informed the Voice of Christian Youth America on Friday. The Milwaukee-based radio network responded by interrupting its morning programming for a special broadcast that aired on nine radio stations throughout Wisconsin. The broadcast criticized the dress-up day and accused the district of promoting alternative lifestyles.
"We believe it's the wrong message to send to elementary students," said Jim Schneider, the network's program director. "Our station is one that promotes traditional family values. It concerns us when a school district strikes at the heart and core of the Biblical values. To promote this to elementary-school students is a great error."
Look, I'm all for parents being involved in education and ensuring that schools aren't working to subvert the values the parents teach at home, but this is harmless fun. Have they never had a spirit week during homecoming when students dress up in stupid costumes every day? Next thing you know, they'll be protesting against powder puff football because the girls are being too boy-ish.
Powder puff football was one of my favorite times during high school. The girls would wear the football team's jerseys and the guys would wear the cheerleaders outfits with outlandish wigs and makeup that looked like it as applied with a trowel and everyone would have a great time. It didn't mean you were a transvestite, it meant you could loosen up and have a good time.
So to all the parents up in arms about this I say "Chill out". Seriously. There are enough real problems out there for you to get upset about. You don't have to manufacture a sexual crisis in the schools.
And if this weren't an anonymous blog, I would post photos of myself in drag. At a church Halloween party. Doing the church lady dance. But instead you'll just have to imagine it for yourself.