Discrimination has gotten to be a dirty word in modern society, and it’s a pity too, because there was a time where being a person of discriminating tastes was a good thing.
You see, to discriminate basically means that you have made a choice based on a given set of criteria. We’ve taken this word and applied it to race, sex and creed and made it into a bad word when it doesn’t have to be that way.
You see, no one deserves to have the right to be a chorus teacher just because of a specific class of person that they are. They get to be a chorus teacher because they can teach music– we hope! The jury is still out on my 10th and 11th grade teacher.
You don’t get to be a blind art teacher, an English professor that only knows Spanish, or a shop teacher that does not have hands– especially if he didn’t start out that way.
Hopefully, we’ve moved passed the discrimination that looks at people as who they are and starts to look at them for their qualifications, their actions, etc.
This all came up because I said that based on a persons actions or stated preferences we could choose to not let them have specific jobs teaching certain children. My statement was that I would not have lesbian gym teachers in the locker room– and my reasoning for it was quite simply that if a person has a stated attraction to the same sex then it is bad for the teacher and bad for the students to have that woman in the locker room where teens have to change and shower.
Now, there was some discussion in regards to pedophilia and the link between homosexuality and pedophilia. I think that this is a red herring, but it could be because when I look at this topic I’m thinking of high school teachers primarily and not young children.
Take these things into account:
- We currently have an epidemic of school teachers having sex with under-aged children (women having sex with young boys being the ones getting most of the attention with probably the same amount of men, but also there are many female on female cases as well).
- 16-18 year old teens can look like they are 20 years old, so the whole “they are children” and I can’t be physically effected by looking at them does not necessarily carry a lot of weight.
- Regardless, since the person is an authority figure there is no good reason to have them in the same room. It’s akin to sexual harassment.
- Lastly, since you would not have a female coach in the same locker room as the boys showering and changing, you would not have a man that has stated that he is attracted to men in the same room. It’s all about sex, it’s not about anatomy.
Again, I think that all people discriminate. You wouldn’t want me fixing your car, cooking a gourmet meal, or playing a French Horn solo, but there are things that I do well. In the same way, there are different things that people can do and should do and there are others that, because of who they are or what they do, have limited their options.