Radical Ideologies are numerous and it appears that as time continues such ideologies only continue to multiply. Sadly, one aspect of modern society, namely the internet, has been the catalyst for the proliferation of violent, debased and mentally damaging ideologies rooted in either dogma or sections of the humanities that are both pseudoscientific and devoid of academic rigor.
Of course “pseudoscientific and devoid of academic rigor” may be understood as a mere opinion, however proof of this fact will be shown. This article will focus feminist LGBT indoctrination.
The analysis will cover the work of s the creator of a Youtube channel aimed at children called “Queer Kid Stuff”. The creator claims that the channel is aimed at everyone “from 3 year old’s to your grandma”. An underlying theme of the channel is that even very young children are mature enough to understand the complexities of behavior and that they understand human sexuality. As disturbing as this may appear from the outset, the argument is also scientifically void. (This will be discussed in further detail.
The Subject of Analysis also has a personal Youtube channel which is more reflective of her personal thoughts. In a 5.32 minute video entitled “Are all Kids Queer” (published on July 9th, 2015) she makes the statement that “I think that all kids are actually just real queer”. She backs up this claim with “evidence” given from a branch of Feminist Theory called Queer Theory/Studies specifically the “Theory of the Queer Child” which was enunciated by Kathryn Bond Stockton in her book “The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century”.
This “Theory” is in scientific terms not a theory. The actual definition of a theory is “a coherent group of tested general propositions, commonly regarded as correct, that can be used as principles of explanation and prediction for a class of phenomena”. This means that a hypothesis which is essentially conjecture can only become a theory, that is to say, a potentially credible point of further experimentation, once it has enough supporting evidence based on testing. To be considered a theory, it must therefore be coherent, tested and commonly accepted. “The Theory of the Queer Child” lacks this foundation and is at best a pseudo-theory.
A Lack of Scientific FoundationFurther understanding of the concepts in “The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century” show a self-undermining logic. This book draws heavily on Freudian concepts which have been disproved and are no longer accepted in the psychological profession as being valid in any capacity for understanding the human mind nor in therapy. The book “Psychology: An Introduction” states:
“Independent studies have begun to converge toward a verdict that was once considered a sign of extremism or even of neurosis: that there is literally nothing to be said, scientifically or therapeutically, to the advantage of the entire Freudian system or any of its component dogmas…………………… the more outlandish ideas we will discuss in coming pages: the childhood psychosexual stages, the “family drama” of sexual jealousy between small children and their parents, and Freud’s theories about causes of adult neurosis. None is supported by evidence-based research.”- (Dewey)
Freudian ideas are so riddled with outright falsehoods and fabrications (Hall) that they hold no benefit in attempting to understand behavior and it should be interesting to note that Freud never published a comprehensive model of child cognitive behavioral development. Freud can be argued to not only be pseudoscientific but actually anti-scientific.
Lindsay Amer mirrors Freudian concepts by claims that “innocence is an adult concept that is kinda put on children” she also agrees with the now debunked Freudian concept that “all children are sexual”. She further makes comments such as “Most kids relationship with money is the weekly allowance and I think that makes kids really queer”. This is pure conjecture and speculation because there are no interacting variables that link access to money or lack thereof to sexual preferences.
Recognised Cognitive Development TheoriesWhat does the academic evidence point to? Cognitive development hypotheses have continued to evolve through the ability to understand and quantify behaviors more clearly through scientific method based empirical evidence. Children should not be considered miniature versions of adults (WHO). They are anabolic and in the process of building a body. The brain is actively growing and various motor sensory and cognitive regions of the brain are actively being shaped at this time. The growth continues from prenatal to until about 10 years of age which is the general point where brain maturation begins (Arian et al). The process of maturation is very gradual and they brain can be considered mature or adult at about 24 to 25 years of age. This would therefore debunk the idea that children are capable of understanding sexual concepts.
While the idea of sex; male and female is understood by ages 4 or 5, there is no evidence to suggest any abstract understanding of “gender” as proposed by feminist theories. The computational power of the brain is simply not sufficient for the decoding of such abstract ideas, the younger the child the less this capability will be. This would mean in a natural state, behaviours can be imprinted on children making them especially susceptible to long term damage as a result of exposure to sexual content or abuse which they are psychologically unable to process. Contrary to the faux science theories proposed by Linsday Amer namely that innocence is an “adult construct”, the Luring Communication Theory (Loreen et al) clearly demonstrates that children are in fact “innocent” and that this trait is taken advantage of by pedophiles who “communicatively groom and entrap the child into accepting sexual advances” often through attempting to normalize such deviant behaviour. The concept of normalization of sexual behavior through “grooming” which is essentially the exposure to sexual concepts and ideas that children are not cognitively capable of understanding is one that is clearly used on “Queer Kids Stuff”. In essence, online sources such as “Queer Kids Stuff” are a form of digital predation and grooming. It serves only to confuse children into thinking of themselves as being “gay” for “loving” a member of the same sex when in actual fact the coded meaning of “love” is understood by children only as “affection” and not as the intended meaning of “a desire for sexual intercourse”. Children then believe that they must feel a certain way because the like or “love” their friends, such confusion can lead to long term harm and put children at increased risk of being predated upon by pedophiles.
The biology of the brain in accord with age has also been noted in a number of cognitive development models which only serve to highlight the inability of children to understand abstract concepts such as sexuality.
Piaget’s stages of cognitive development:
Shows that early childhood thinking is nonlogical and irreversible. Imagination develops at this stage and children are not stable in a constant reality. In the childhood stage children start to become familiar with concepts such as size and volume. (Huitt & Hummel)
The video below shows a child of normal cognitive ability as per his age. Note the as yet undeveloped sense of volume and space. (Please watch at least part of the video to fully understand before continuing your reading).
It is illogical to think that a child who is unable to understand a basic concept such as volume would be able to understand sexuality or gender theories.
Erickson’s psychosocial stages:
Using this model it has been demonstrated that early childhood experiences can have a strong effect on later developmental stages. (Christiansen & Palkovitz) This means that exposure to elements for which children are psychologically unready have the potential for long term damaging effects.
Vygotsky’s Cognitive model:
The concept of scaffolded learning to avoid over exposure of children to concepts for which they are not cognitively ready and to build knowledge in increments are both derived from Vygotsy’s model. (Berk & Winsler). This model give emphasis to proper teaching as opposed to brainwashing.
None of the cognitive development models incorporate that children understand sexuality from a young age nor do they allow for the processing of highly abstract ideas. This further demonstrates the complete lack of scientific basis and the great potential hazard of content like “Queer Kids Stuff” on young and growing minds that are unable to separate fantasy from reality.
Youtube’s Child Protection Policy Flaws and RecommendationsYoutube’s Child Protection Policy seems to be a simple legal façade. As of the 12th of February 2020 the channel “Queer Kids Stuff” is still operational. Although Lindsay Amer has deceased from creating content, she made it known that she would continue from 2020 and went as far as suing Youtube for “discrimination”. Unfortunately, the content on the channel is still accessible to children regardless of strong backlash as to the inappropriateness of the channel from those using the platform including a majority of individuals who self-identified as homosexual.
The Youtube Child Protection policy states:
“What this policy means for you
If you’re posting content: Don’t post content on YouTube if it fits any of the descriptions below.
• Sexualization of minors: Sexually explicit content featuring minors and content that sexually exploits minors. We report content containing child sexual abuse imagery to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who work with global law enforcement agencies.
• Harmful or dangerous acts involving minors: Content showing a minor participating in dangerous activities or encouraging minors to do dangerous activities. Never put minors in harmful situations that may lead to injury, including dangerous stunts, dares, or pranks.
• Infliction of emotional distress on minors: Content that could cause minor participants or viewers emotional distress, including:
• Exposing minors to mature themes
• Simulating parental abuse
• Coercing minors
• Misleading family content: Content that targets young minors and families, but contains:
• Sexual themes
• Obscenity or other mature themes not suitable for young audiences
• Family friendly cartoons that target young minors and contain adult or age-inappropriate themes such as violence, sex, death, drugs etc. Make sure your titles, descriptions, and tags match the audience you are targeting. You can also age restrict your content upon upload if it’s intended for mature audiences.”
There is no question that “Queer Kids Stuff” is a violation of Youtubes terms. All parts of the channel can be accessed by children even though the themes are clearly adult.
Some of said themes include:
UNICORNS are QUEER HORSES!! — Queer: QUEER KID STUFF
B is for BISEXUAL! — LGBT: QUEER KID STUFF
HE, SHE, and THEY?!? — Gender: QUEER KID STUFF #2
T is for TRANS! — Transgender: QUEER KID STUFF #12
NO MORE GENDER ROLES!! — QUEER KID STUFF #29
CALLING ALL EDUCATORS! — Just 4 Grown Ups: QUEER KID STUFF
5 TIPS for making your classroom QUEER-INCLUSIVE! — Just 4 Grown Ups: QUEER KID STUFF
The show is designed in a manner to appeal to children which violates Youtube’s terms on adult and sexual content aimed at minors. It is unclear why these videos have not yet been investigated by authorities and removed from Youtube.
Further violations of policy include homosexual story animations which fall under the category of “Family friendly cartoons that target young minors and contain adult or age-inappropriate themes”.
The channel also feature what should be considered child exploitation material in the form of publicizing “Desmond is Amazing” a child drag “star”. As Drag is the sexualization of a male into a female form, as such the sexualized connotation of such behavior, while the choice of an adult, is inappropriate for children. Featuring and encouraging a child such as this, who has other mental health issues, can only be considered a form of child sexual exploitation* for the purpose of money. There is also a risk that other children will attempt to imitate this harmful behavior which exposes them to a higher risk of predation. Failure to regulate this channel in accord with its own child protection policies means that Youtube is compliant with such behavior.
*“Desmond is Amazing” has already been the victim of child exploitation where he danced in a gay bar and had money thrown at him. Needless to say this is borderline child prostitution.
Part of the weak response on the part of Youtube may come as a result of poor vocabulary choice in the construction of its child protection policy. The policy requires the exploitation to be “explicit” and as such is inadequate for protecting vulnerable children. It is highly recommended that the policy be revised and redrafted to avoid loopholes in the language which can be used by child predators to continue to “legally” post harmful content. To do so it is important to seek professional advice from policy makers and child psychologists of a wide background to avoid ideological bias or the formation of clichés that can influence and blindside effective policy creation (Silander).
In the meantime Youtube moderators should urgently review and remove the contents of “Queer Kids Stuff” but also other related child exploitation material.
Law Enforcement RecommendationsGiven the nature of the contents and the views of its creators it is recommended that their potential risk to children be thoroughly evaluated. The behavior, speech patterns and logic share common traits that have been linked to pedophilia.
Do they have access to vulnerable minors?
Are they in a position where they are able to exploit minors?
Are they limited from interaction with minors?
Recommendations for ParentsChildren should not be left unmonitored on even “trusted” platforms such as Youtube. The risk of potential exposure to damaging material continues to increase and parents are encouraged to train their children to tell them if they feel something is strange. It is recommended that the younger the child the more care parents take in filtering content. Electronic devices are not a substitute for communication and limiting the time that children spend on electronic devices is desirable.
YOUTUBE has to date not removed the channel.
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Alaric Naudé is a professor specialising in education, linguistics and social science. He is widely recognised as having a great face for radio.