Parent 1, Parent 2 and Maybe Parent 10 By Mrs Vera West

     It will be here soon, as it is now being tried in France, but forget about mum and dad, it is now parent 1 and parent 2, with the possibility of parents 3, 4, 5, … in infinite progression.

“French schools are to replace the words “mother” and “father” with “parent 1” and “parent 2” under an amendment to a law passed this week. Supporters of the change say it will stop discrimination against same sex parents but critics argue it “dehumanises” parenthood, is “ugly” and could lead to rows over who gets to be “parent 1”. The amendment was passed by MPs on Tuesday night as part of a wider so-called law to build “a school of trust”, which among other things also makes attendance compulsory for all three-year-olds. “This amendment aims to root in law children’s family diversity in administrative forms submitted in school,” said Valérie Petit, MP for the majority REM party of President Emmanuel Macron. Ms Petit, from the Nord department, said that the words mother and father, on all school documents such as pertaining to the canteen or authorising children to go on excursions, no longer took into account the recently-passed gay marriage law, nor the existence of same sex parents.”

     Does anyone remember a time before all of this? You do? Then where has this come from, and where is it going?

“Conservative MP Xavier Breton said: “When I hear people say this is an old-fashioned model, I would remind people that today among unions celebrated, civil or marital, some 95 per cent are man-woman couples.” Conservative MP Fabien Di Filippo denounced a “frightening ideology, which in the name of limitless egalitarianism promotes removing points of reference, including those regarding the family”. The idea of replacing mother and father by parent 1 and 2 was already mooted during the debate leading to the 2013 law legalising same sex marriage but was not inscribed into legislation at the time. Indeed, Jean-Michel Blanquer, the current education minister, had opposed the amendment on the grounds that this need not be a legislative matter. Eric Ciotti, another Right-wing MP, said: “They swore this was fantasy, that it would never happen. The negation of gender deconstructs the balance of our society.

”Traditionalists were appalled.”

     Then, appalled, they all went and had a nice croissant, oozing jam and cream, and some relaxing sauvignon blanc to calm the nerves. Anyway, over the dirty lake in the UK, things have gone even more progressive with the term “mother” no longer being restricted to women:

“A UK government lawyer has said that “mother” is no longer a gender specific term preserved only for women. The comments were made during a High Court hearing where a ‘transgender’ man born a woman gave birth to a child and is seeking to be named the father, rendering the baby legally motherless, reports The Telegraph. Government lawyers earlier in the hearing referenced civil servants who had suggested the parent, referred to as ‘TT’, could be named on the child’s birth certificate as “male mother.” Ben Jaffey QC, representing government ministers, cited this document and said, “the status of a mother is no longer gender specific.”

     Just get it over with.



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