Thursday, September 1, 2011
Setting Things Straight
Certain deputies of La Droite populaire have their knickers in a twist about the use of the word "genre" in certain textbooks. They see an attempt to foist upon France's schoolchildren a trumpery born in the United States, called "gender studies," which in their view leads to the subversive notion that sexual orientation is freely chosen rather than biologically determined. In any event, they don't like it. The pejorative phrase "homosexual agenda" does not exist in French, as far as I know, but if it did, these deputies would no doubt see gender studies as a part of it. Éric Fassin sets them straight.