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Teen Swimmer Fights Tears After School Board Votes To Allow Trans Students in Locker Room

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An Illinois school district sparked national outrage by choosing, after four years of debate, to grant transgender high school students unrestricted access to the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choosing.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the overwhelming — and, frankly, baffling — 5-2 decision by School District 211’s Board of Education came as a shock, eliciting “mixed emotions” from an audience of some 250 local residents on Nov. 14.

Judging from video taken at Fremd High School just minutes after the vote, however, talk of “mixed emotions” hardly does justice to the immense outpouring from local students and parents.

Most notable among those emotional accounts was that of junior student-athlete Julia Burca, who fought back tears explaining her frustration for the school board’s utter unwillingness to “accommodate” students uncomfortable with the idea of undressing in front of their transgender peers.

“I feel uncomfortable that my privacy is being invaded,” Burca told a reporter in the video. “As I am a swimmer, I do change multiple times, naked, in front of the other students in the locker room.”

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Rational and considerate in her response, Burca would express understanding of the school board’s “obligation to all students,” lamenting only that the body had not taken into account students with concerns like hers and made honest compromises in solving the problem.

Former district student Nova Maday, on the other hand, was “ecstatic.”

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A 20-year-old male claiming female “gender identity,” Maday was seemingly too excited to stand still — all smiles as he told one reporter, “Yeah, it passed. It passed.”

The lack of self-awareness was, one can only assume, palpable. The disconnect here is unfathomable.

As a bunch of teenage girls expressed genuine feelings of disappointment, frustration and discomfort with the prospect of being forced to undress in front of male students who identify as female, laughter and celebration arose from a rapidly growing, vocal minority that contends people’s gender is somehow entirely separate from their sex.

And that celebration, laughter and unwillingness to sympathize did not simply come from the transgender students in the room or their misguided, irresponsible parents.

Support for this decision to normalize the deconstruction of gender at the expense of a bunch of underage girls was celebrated across social media.

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But why on earth are any of us surprised?

Transgender women’s “rights” always come at the expense of real women’s rights.

The cruel irony of the ever-growing “intersectional” women’s movement is that it stands in direct opposition to the legitimate ideals, goals and empowered female identity set forth by first-wave feminists.

This ideologically corrupted, left-wing brand of feminism has the women’s movement signing its own suicide note, encouraging — and in many cases coercing — feminists into aligning themselves with other “marginalized” groups with whom their interests are in fact diametrically opposed.

Heck, it has brought American culture to a point in which biological men can receive brand endorsements for stepping into the boxing ring to punch biological women in the face.

We have hit a point in which the culture is so desperate to achieve “social justice” that it is willing to roll back all the progress made by women in the last century in order to provide “progress” for the lunacy that is the left’s new gender orthodoxy.

And if our public institutions are recognizing and legitimizing that orthodoxy, then we are teetering on the edge of a cultural cliff from which a fall would undoubtedly be crippling.

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Andrew J. Sciascia is the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal. Having joined up as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, he went on to cover the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for the outlet, regularly co-hosting its video podcast, "WJ Live," as well.
Andrew J. Sciascia is the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal and regularly co-hosts the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."

Sciascia first joined up with The Western Journal as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, before graduating with a degree in criminal justice and political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and worked briefly as a political operative with the Massachusetts Republican Party.

He has since covered the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for The Western Journal, and now focuses his reporting on Congress and the national campaign trail. His work has also appeared in The Daily Caller.




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