A children's TV program has caused online outrage this week after it informed its audience that there are "over 100 genders."
Is this something that an educational TV show should be doing?
Well, the the broadcaster has now been forced to address the backlash.
Keep scrolling to see the clip in question for yourself...
Now, throughout the last couple of years, the idea of gender has become a little more complex.
Long gone are the days where there were simply 2 genders - now, people can identify with a whole array of different genders or, in some instances, no gender at all.
More and more people are identifying as gender-neutral...
Or "non-binary", in other terms.
Just to break it down for you...
People use the term “non-binary" to describe genders that don't fall into 1 of the 2 more traditional binaries of male or female.
It can be a confusing concept to get your head around...
While some non-binary individuals identify as either having a gender that is in-between the 2 categories "man" and "woman," others can fluctuate, or have no gender, either permanently or some of the time.
But how far is too far?
Take gender slamming fictional characters, for example.
The next James Bond should be a woman.— jess a brambles company ⚪️ (@jess a brambles company ⚪️)1447104622.0
Sadly, it has become the norm to take offense over the gender assumption of made-up characters - you know, the ones that are not real, or do not have a valid, real-life opinion on gender?
But the latest gender argument has come from none other than the BBC.
The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is arguably one of the largest broadcasters in not only the United Kingdom but the world, has recently come under fire for its stance on gender in its homeschooling education program.
This comes after the Department for Education last year told schools to take care when teaching children about gender issues.
"Resources used in teaching about this topic must always be age-appropriate and evidence-based,' it said, while adding that teachers must "not reinforce harmful stereotypes, for instance by suggesting that children might be a different gender based on their personality."
Identity – Understanding Sexual and Gender Identities is being offered on the corporation's website as part of its relationships and sex education package...
And features children asking adults about sexuality and gender on behalf of their peers.
However, a scene that shows 2 children asking Kate, a relationship and sex education teacher, about how many gender identities exist has sparked a whole lot of outrage...
Because she responds by telling the boys that there are "over one-hundred identities."
People are not happy...
@Joeby52 I have watched this and it is clear that: a. The kids were fed the questions, as many didnt comprehand wh… https://t.co/kTSYxzGaQc— Burgsey (@Burgsey)1611496037.0
@Olgachristie @jeffgaines287 Wrong, just wrong.— stephen james holmes (@stephen james holmes)1611483225.0
@Olgachristie The sensible among us know there are only two genders. The BBC really does need to be defunded, and compete commercially.— Hazel (@Hazel)1611467608.0
@DefundBBC Confuse them early seems to be the plan. Then they go on about mental health issues in young people.....… https://t.co/hen2tkwZ12— phil tomlinson (@phil tomlinson)1611488546.0
@DefundBBC I’m sorry but this is absolutely not on the national curriculum and wouldn’t be taught in school or “pre… https://t.co/tqb2k3SQAJ— Mr Stott - RQT (@Mr Stott - RQT)1611488547.0
@Olgachristie That won't be confusing for children at all will it??!! 🤪🤪🤪— jayneCR 0265 (@jayneCR 0265)1611483253.0
So BBC homeschooling programme is teaching kids that there are over a 100 gender identities! What the heck! I know… https://t.co/2NuLH9ksOY— Soomita Kar (@Soomita Kar)1611471585.0
In the clip, the pupil can be heard asking, "how many gender identities are there?"
To which Kate responded:
"There are so many gender identities. So we know we have got male and female, but there are over 100 if not more gender identities now."
"Some people might feel that they are two different genders, people might think they are bi-gender. You have got some people who might call themselves 'gender-queer' – just like, I don't want to be anything in particular, I just want to be me."
The BBC has since responded to the backlash.
They said last night that more than fifty teachers participated in consultation exercises which helped to inform the series, and that it was "clearly stated" on the BBC Teach website that "due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter, we strongly advise teacher viewing before watching with pupils."
A spokesperson then claimed that Kate had not claimed there were "hundreds of genders"...
But that she had "come across more than a hundred different terms people use to describe their gender identity."
"The film is not part of our Lockdown Learning offer. It is available on the BBC Teach website, our service for teachers to use for curriculum support. More than fifty independent experts contributed to this film, which was made to help teachers when discussing health and relationships… The film comes with supporting notes and other films to provide further context."
You can watch the clip below.
If this is the BBC’s ideas of ‘education’, then frankly, I’d rather they didn’t bother. https://t.co/CkqlcVx1Ge— Darren Grimes (@Darren Grimes)1611531044.0
What do you think? Should the BBC have broached the notion of one-hundred genders? Or should they have stuck with the more traditional "2 genders" curriculum?
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