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March 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — On May 29, 2014, TIME Magazine published a cover story titled “The Transgender Tipping Point,” featuring Orange is the New Black actor Laverne Cox, a biological male identifying as a woman. The story was heralded as groundbreaking moment for the trans movement, and the cover itself was as much of a tipping point as the cultural shifts it described. Media coverage of this sort, much like political polling, is designed to shape public opinion as much as gauge it. Saying that there is a tipping point does much to make it so.
The just-released March 29 cover dedicates the famous red frame to the transgender movement once again. There is a photo of actress Ellen Page, hair cropped short, a mournful expression on her face, wearing a t-shirt and blue jeans. Page now identifies as Elliot and claims to be a male. Previously, Page had identified as a lesbian, and married a woman. They’ve since split.
TIME’s story was a glowing endorsement of Page’s latest coming out. Their story — as well as the stories covering their story published in nearly every Western publication — obediently called Page a “he,” and the saga was one of a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, if a butterfly came out with various body parts severed, discarded, and sewed back up. In Page’s case, she underwent what is called “top surgery” — a double mastectomy. “Healthcare” in the age of trans includes the amputation of healthy breasts, and if you question that, you’re a transphobe.
Mattel, the California toy maker that created Barbie and is also the parent company of American Girl, has just released their "2021 Girl of the Year."
The popular "Girl of the Year" series features new characters whose lifelike dolls and storybook tales engage the imagination of young girls across the country and world.
But, this year, there's an insurmountable problem which is rightly causing fury among parents: the new "Girl of the Year," Kira Bailey, visits her "great-aunts", in Australia, who, we learn, are in a homosexual relationship, and who are "married" to each other.
This is totally unacceptable, and that's why we're asking you to JOIN this BOYCOTT of Mattel, until they pull this new "Girl of the Year" from the shelves.
Many parents are rightly infuriated. And, many have taken to social media to comment about the situation, focusing on the destruction of innocence and consent.
Indeed, there were no warning labels on any of this year's "Girl of the Year" material, advising parents of the contents. This meant that many children were already exposed to harmful, sexually-confusing material before their parents knew what was going on.
One reviewer on the series on Amazon wrote:
"Homosexuality is an inappropriate topic for a children’s book and I am very disappointed that it was woven so blatantly into the story line for Kira. This type of content should have been made clear in the advertising so that I as a parent could make an informed choice for my child. My daughter and I have read dozens of American Girl books and have always loved them and highly recommended them to friends. Before now, I have never had to worry about American Girl reading material being wholesome for my child. My daughter had no idea what a lesbian couple is and American Girl has cruelly taken away part of her innocence now that I’ve had to explain about that lifestyle. It goes against what I believe as a Christian and was not something I wanted my daughter to be exposed to at this early age. I am very, very disappointed in [American Girl] and will not purchase their products in the future."
Of course, while LifeSite does not believe that homosexual content is ever appropriate for a children's book, we completely agree with this mother's sentiments about Mattel having "cruelly taken away part of her [daughter's] innocence."
It seems clear that this move by Mattel is not a business decision, but a political decision. In fact, this move seems expressly designed to appeal to adults who support a radical sexual ideology.
But, it is not Mattel's role - as a toy-maker - to enter into this delicate area of sexual and moral ethics.
However, because Mattel has chosen to pursue this dangerous political decision over the best interests of children, we are calling on parents to boycott Mattel until they pull Kira Bailey from the shelves.
Thank you for JOINING this boycott, and thank you for SHARING this important petition with your like-minded family, friends and colleagues.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'New American Girl Doll Story Includes Characters In Same-Sex Relationship, Parents Furious' - https://elizabethjohnston.org/new-american-girl-doll-story-includes-characters-in-same-sex-relationship-parents-furious
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The cover story featured Page telling TIME that the surgery had rescued her from the “total hell” she’d suffered since puberty, and that she had been recuperating from the operation when she announced she was a transgender man back in December. According to TIME, the spiking rates of young people identifying as transgender is not a peer contagion as Dr. Lisa Littman described it, but rather the result of “increased social acceptance” — which TIME has done more than a little to facilitate. The author of the story even takes a stab at Abigail Shrier, author of the recent book Irreversible Damage, and feminist J.K. Rowling.
Page, who revealed that she struggled with anxiety and depression under the glaring spotlight of her Hollywood career, wrested with her identity by speaking with transgender authors; Laverne Cox, the previous transgender TIME cover icon, also gave her tips on becoming trans. She was particularly drawn to P. Carl’s memoir Becoming a Man. All of this, she told TIME, allowed her to allow herself to “fully become who I am.” For her, that meant a double mastectomy, and transforming herself into someone who looks like an incredibly vulnerable and sad-looking teenage boy. Less of herself made her feel more herself.
This cover story, like the hundreds of others it has already spawned, will continue the process of normalization for the trans movement. Ellen Page’s decision to surgically remove her breasts (she referred to herself, throughout the interview, as a “transgender guy” but also as nonbinary and queer) has been highlighted as a beautiful thing, a slightly more complicated version of coming out. But, TIME makes clear, questions are for transphobes—you either celebrate, or you shut up. There’s no room for inquiry here, and the media monolith is ensuring that those who do speak up are treated with contempt.
Looking at the photo of Ellen “Elliot” Page on the cover of TIME Magazine, one does not get the impression that a beautiful transformation has taken place. She says she found herself; she looks very much lost. Instead, she looks like someone who has endured a tragedy, or perhaps someone who is currently living through one. In many ways, she is — and that makes this entire story desperately sad.