Sharon Using Genderbread Person To Teach 11-Year-Olds That There Are Infinite Genders

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Gender exists on a spectrum, and more than two genders exist, a curriculum at Sharon Middle School School says.

The sixth-grade health curriculum at Sharon Middle School uses the genderbread person to teach this claim as fact, rather than the common understanding that there are two sexes,  male and female, with typical gender expressions of each sex.

Sixth-graders are usually 11 or 12 years old.

The school is in Sharon, Massachusetts, a town with about 18,500 people located in southern central Norfolk County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It serves a combined 807 students from Grades 6 through 8, according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

NewBostonPost and the Massachusetts Family Institute got the Sharon District sex-ed curriculum through public records requests.

The genderbread person graphic claims that gender identity exists on a spectrum rather than being a binary. Additionally, it tells students they can pick their gender and refers to biological sex as a person’s “sex assigned at birth.”

The graphic’s artist, Sam Killermann, clarifies the purpose of the genderbread person online at Killermann says that the genderbread person exists to show people there aren’t merely two genders, but an infinite number. 

“The schema used here to map out gender (the ‘-ness’ model) allows individuals to plot where they identify along both continua to represent varying degrees of alignment with the traditional binary elements of each aspect of gender, resulting in infinite possibilities of ‘gender’ for a person,” Killermann wrote.

Sharon is not the only school district in Massachusetts that uses the genderbread person in its sex-ed curriculum. For example, Mansfield High School uses it to teach its freshmen and juniors, Hanover Middle School teaches it to its seventh-grade students, and Chelmsford teaches it to sixth-graders.

Mary Ellen Siegler of the Massachusetts Family Institute told NewBostonPost that the graphic denies reality.

“The genderbread person graphic teaches children that their gender is not determined by their biological sex, but by their subjective feelings,” Siegler said by email. “This lesson is not based on science and confuses children about their identity which sets some students on the path to irreversible transgender treatments, causing permanent damage to their young bodies. No child is born in the wrong body. Schools must stop victimizing children. Parents must collectively demand these lessons no longer be taught in school.”

Sharon Public Schools superintendent Peter Botelho could not be reached for comment on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.

The genderbread person is an uncopyrighted image and is free for school districts to use. Here is what it looks like:


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