Like most Catholic-schooled girls who grew up in the 1970s, I learned about sex by reading several dog-eared Jacqueline Susann novels. Which is to say no one bothered to teach me about the carnal side of life, and like my plaid-kilted sister-women, I figured it out pretty much on my own.
And to me, that’s the way it should be. I know I’m in a minority these days, but where I draw the line is when adults think we need to, ahem, expose kids to the wonderful world of sexuality, gender, and funky bathrooms at tender ages.
So, did I get your attention? Good. Let’s continue.
This past week, I was reading about a nascent attempt to lobby Disney to create a “gay” heroine. More specifically, a young gay Latina named Alexis Isabel Moncada wants the cartoon conglomerate to make Elsa, the white-haired cutie from “Frozen,” into a “lesbian princess.” She tweeted this winsome message, which was picked up by the Washington Post: “I hope Disney makes Elsa a lesbian princess, imagine how iconic that would be.”
A lot of other people retweeted her message, which got a lot of positive feedback. And so, it begins.
This may not actually go anywhere. It might just be one of those novel, quirky ideas that bubble up from the social media goo every few days and grab our attention, only to sink back into well-deserved oblivion, which is also spelled R-A-C-H-E-L D-O-L-E-Z-A-L.
But I’m not so optimistic this really stupid idea will fade away. It has the same sort of feel to it as the crusade to make high school bathrooms gender neutral, the push to allow girls to take girls to the Prom, the inclusion of “Heather Has Two Daddies” on elementary-school curriculums, the need to allow 10-year-old Geoffrey to wear a tutu to school on those days that he identifies as Giselle.
You may be grinding your teeth at this point, snd I get it. We are now in that kinder, gentler society where anyone who ventures a politically incorrect suggestion about keeping gender and orientation discussions out of the sandbox is a bigot.
But if this is bigotry, I wear the badge quite proudly. Speaking of badges, this is simply an extension of what happened to the Boy Scouts in Philadelphia, where the Cradle of Liberty chapter was pursued by the mad dogs of the Solicitor’s Office for years because it would not allow openly gay scouts and scoutmasters to be members. Ultimately, as we all know, the Scouts capitulated to societal pressure and opened their arms to the little 4- and 5-year-olds who were just dying to express their sexuality and gender identification while roasting marshmallows.
But we never should have allowed the pushy adults, the ones with an agenda who disingenuously hid it behind a veneer of caring for the kiddies, to inject inappropriate elements into the lives of children. We should never have allowed these narcissistic crusaders to use children to advance their own agenda, namely, the complete destruction of distinctions between male and female, straight and gay, chaste and chasing.
And now they’ve targeted Disney, or at least, one extremely savvy teen lesbian has. And as these things always play out, she will be at the vanguard of other attempts, mostly by sympathetic adults, to push for Elsa to open the Stonewall Ice Cream cafe in Arendelle, marry a lesbian barista and live happily ever after.
I know that there will be a slew of readers who believe that making young gay folk feel better about themselves is always a good thing. The problem is, little children do not naturally think about these things. They are mostly concerned with dessert, and conning their aunts into taking them to Toys-R-Us-Broke-R-U.
Adults are the ones thinking about these things. Adults file lawsuits against North Carolina bathroom laws. Adults change their gender, and then pose naked to prove they’re women like Caitlyn Jenner. Adults want to turn rainbows into square knots. Kids don’t care.
Neither, God help us, should Disney.
© 2016 Christine Flowers. Flowers is an attorney and a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News