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Safer schools or a radical Marxist sexual revolution?

By Pat Byrne - posted Friday, 19 February 2016


So what is Ward’s solution to capitalist sexual oppression?

Marxism is her solution. “Marxism offers both the hope and the strategy needed to create a world where human sexuality, gender and how we relate to our bodies can blossom in extraordinarily new and amazing ways that we can only try to imagine today, because Marxism has a theory of social change,” Ward says.

To this end, Ward lauds policies of sexual liberation introduced by the Soviet Union after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. This included the introduction of “gender neutral language … something that transgender advocates today see as the key demand to the transgender and other advocacy movements.

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“They [the Soviets] also removed the fixed age of consent…”

It’s in the context of a sexual revolution, in the image and likeness of a Marxist political and economic revolution, that Ward sees her SSCV program, which is now the Australia-wide SSCA program in around 490 schools.

This program gives its support to an array of sexual experimentation; it suggests young people can bypass school and other internet filtering systems to access sites that carry porn and sex aids; it presents as safe and acceptable hormone therapy and surgery to become transgender; it presents as acceptable dangerous female chest binding so girls can appear gender ambiguous; it encourages schools to allow for cross-gender students to use the change rooms and toilets of the sex with which they want to identify; and it provides links to adult gay organisations.

This curriculum is part of a strategy to make schools an essential element in the sexual revolution that Ward describes as necessary to liberate the whole of society, not just LGBT people, from capitalism.

There is one important line in Ward’s speech that makes this clear.

This line needs to be understood in terms of a core Marxist doctrine that says something like this: for workers to be truly liberated, it takes more than the creation of a communist state like the Soviet Union. For workers in the Soviet Union to be truly liberated, all workers around the world have to be liberated.

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To that end, Soviet communism promoted and financed proxy revolutionary movements and wars around the world to create more and more communist states.

Echoing this classical Marxist doctrine, Ward paraphrases gay academic Dennis Altman, saying that “the homosexual cannot win liberation without a general sexual liberation.” In Marxist parlance, this means that LGBT people can truly be liberated only when all people of all sexual orientations and gender identities have open sexual licence after being liberated from capitalist-imposed conventional morality or biology.

Ward’s speech puts the Safe Schools Coalition program in the ideological context of a radical sexual revolution to be pushed through Australian schools.

It is extraordinary that politicians have not examined the ideological context of the SSCA program. Nor have they examined closely the questionable social research that is said to justify the program. Is it really true that 10 per cent of school age students are same-sex attracted?

Instead, two Victorian Labor governments and a Liberal government have backed the program. The Federal Coalition government continued to fund the program after Penny Wong provided funding at the end of the Rudd Labor government.

Will parents of Australian children in schools really give their approval to a program that, on the pretext of preventing bullying, is really about deconstructing the moral and social fabric of our society, including the family?

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Patrick J Byrne is national vice president of the National Civic Council. He writes in the NCCís magazine News Weekly on foreign affairs, economic, rural and social issues.

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