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NJ School Embroiled in Fabricated Cross-Dressing Controversy


A teacher at Maude Wilkins School in Maple Shade, NJ sent out a memo to parents advising them about a Women's History Month project examining changes in women's fashion that said all students would need to participate.

Giandomenico The memo included this section, which immediately caused perspiration to begin sprouting on wingnut foreheads:

"If your child is a young man, he does not have to wear a dress or skirt, as there are many time periods where women wore jeans, pants and trousers. However, each child must be able to express what time period their outfit is from. Most of all, your child should have fun creating their outfit and learning about how women's clothing has changed!""

Quickly one parent went into action, "complaining that little boys were being asked to cross-dress as part of the 'gay agenda.'"

The AP reports: "Janine Giandomenico, a mother of a boy in the class and a frequent user of online social networks, posted a complaint on Facebook. By Monday, her concerns had worked their way to Warner Todd Huston, an opinion writer and editor of the Publius' Forum site. He skewered the school and suggested that the timing of the event, scheduled for Friday, was designed to coincide with a national 'Day of Silence' to protest harassment of gays. 'Pushing the gay agenda while feminizing our young boys through a cross-dressing day? This isn't your parent's grade school celebration, for sure,' he wrote. On Monday, as the Web traffic swelled and national media outlets picked up on the story, principal Beth Norcia decided to cancel the fashion show."

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  1. Because if there's one way to celebrate the sacrifices and contributions of women, it's through fashion shows!

    Is there also a scheduled "sandwich-making" activity?

    Posted by: DIGNAN | Apr 15, 2010 11:51:48 AM

  2. I wanna cross dress!!

    Posted by: Ryan | Apr 15, 2010 11:52:02 AM

  3. This seems all around stupid on both sides.

    Posted by: TheOtherMark | Apr 15, 2010 11:59:25 AM

  4. If this woman was my mother - I'd be more worried about turning out Looking like her....YIKES! Is that Creepella? She could use some beauty tip from some crossdressers....she's a beast...I chked out her "limited" facebook accnt....she belongs to Plenty of the Right Wing Sites....typical.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Apr 15, 2010 12:00:41 PM

  5. I agree with The Other Mark.

    Posted by: Matt McD | Apr 15, 2010 12:03:20 PM

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    Posted by: aa | Apr 15, 2010 12:03:26 PM

  7. I think it is really stupid to expect boys to particiapte in an exercise of creating and wearing historical fashions for women.
    How about a class on the use of the cod-piece over the centuries ?

    Posted by: jerry | Apr 15, 2010 12:08:12 PM

  8. How are they going to pretend that they know so much about a "gay agenda" when they have know clue that being gay does not involve womens clothing? Certainly it does for some, but there are also cross-dressers, whom (by definition)are straight.

    Posted by: Neal | Apr 15, 2010 12:09:10 PM

  9. Wow, what a spineless Principal.

    Posted by: Hank | Apr 15, 2010 12:09:31 PM

  10. If there WERE a sandwich making event, boys would have to learn to slice The Girl's Way--diagonally instead of the manly cross slice--though Real Men don't bother, do they?

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Apr 15, 2010 12:09:48 PM

  11. As Disgusted American noted, her Facebook profile shows she's a member of fan clubs for George W. Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, a club to boycott "liberals and progressives," anti-gay propaganda groups like FOTF, and the "Draft Sarah Palin" club.
    Such nut cases have been brainwashed into thinking there is a scary agenda lurking around every corner.
    She could easily have told her son to wear a lumberjack shirt and jeans and compose a paragraph about women entering trades after WW II. But instead she encourages him to be disrespectful, confrontational difficult and "entitled."
    A fashion show may not have been the best idea on the part of the teacher. But so what? Give him/her a break and teach your child to suck it up and find a way to make the assignment work for him.

    Posted by: GregV | Apr 15, 2010 12:39:30 PM

  12. @Neal

    "How are they going to pretend that they know so much about a "gay agenda" when they have know clue that being gay does not involve womens clothing?"

    I guess it's the "LGBT" thing.

    Posted by: Eugene | Apr 15, 2010 12:41:15 PM

  13. The fact that this woman (the ONLY parent to bitch about this event) attached it to the Day of Silence makes her agenda clear.

    The right-wing nuts are on a roll these days.

    Posted by: Taylor Siluwé | Apr 15, 2010 12:48:12 PM

  14. Only in America today could a lesson plan specifying that children will NOT be forced to cross dress be silenced by parents who say that children WILL be forced to cross dress.

    Why did no one at the school point out that this mother has absolutely no reading comprehension skills?

    I've seen the movie "Idiocracy", but the real America out-does it every day.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Apr 15, 2010 1:01:30 PM

  15. Just look at that fat bitch. I'm an Italian myself, and I've known a million like her. And you just know she's a fanatical supporter of the catholic church. They should make her take her kid to parochial school where the priests can really give her kid an "education." :D

    Posted by: romeo | Apr 15, 2010 1:09:39 PM

  16. @jgiandomenico is her Twitter handle. She’s a freaky Tea Bagger, check out her timeline.

    Posted by: JohnnyP | Apr 15, 2010 1:15:47 PM

  17. Okay, lads, prepare your stones....

    What is wrong with asking people to dress like women dressed historically? How does clothing make you change your gender or your sexual preference?

    Did pants turn Katherine Hepburn gay? (Don't answer that).

    Posted by: Rin | Apr 15, 2010 1:32:26 PM

  18. I twittered her and said that women wear pants that aren't lesbians and men wear kilts and aren't gay. I asked her to explain.


    Posted by: Rin | Apr 15, 2010 1:39:02 PM

  19. Ugh, South Jersey is the breading ground of white trash on the east coast.

    I hope that fat cow has health insurance to pay for her diabetes and heart disease treatments.

    Posted by: qjersey | Apr 15, 2010 1:41:11 PM

  20. It's for reasons like this that many schools have banned special dress-up days or weeks based around various themes---they're too distracting.

    And yes, even though it said that boys didn't have to wear skirts or dresses, they were still asking boys to dress like women. And of course some guys would have worn skirts or dresses (some to be jerks, some to be alternative, and a very few because they really wanted to), and it would have been a travesty. Name calling, petty jokes, and who knows what else would have ensued. It's just a stupid idea.

    What's to be gained from a teenage boy learning how women's clothing has changed? And if there is, why couldn't the boys have been given an alternate assignment? This isn't fashion school, and it's not Halloween.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 15, 2010 1:44:45 PM

  21. Paul R, regardless of whether or not the assignment was "dumb" ... wearing a dress does not make you gay anymore than wearing pants turned women into lesbians. She is looking for publicity and turned this into something it was not.

    Life is too serious to begin with for a teen that wearing a dress to school would not have been the worst thing to ever happen to them

    Posted by: Rin | Apr 15, 2010 1:50:15 PM

  22. QJERSEY, you ought to know that Maple Shade (my hometown), while geographically located in the southern half of the state, is not usually identified as "South Jersey" - it's considered suburban Philadelphia.

    "Breading" ground? Is that the land where Stove Top makes their instant stuffing? What school did you go to?

    Posted by: KiP | Apr 15, 2010 1:58:28 PM

  23. That's the dumbest ass thing I ever heard of!

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Apr 15, 2010 2:23:28 PM

  24. @KIP - Maple Shade not South Jersey? Since when? Guess things have changed since I've been away.

    Posted by: SammySeattle | Apr 15, 2010 2:35:18 PM

  25. The next subject this class should study is obesity.

    Teacher should cover the details of coronary heart disease in gory detail, and explore the Biblical condemnation of gluttony and sloth.

    Posted by: David | Apr 15, 2010 2:57:10 PM

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