A Canadian group has released several short videos for teachers and parents featuring a girl puppet who identifies as a boy, as well as “social and emotional guides,” in an effort to “help children with the process of identity affirmation.”
The Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation, which focuses on providing resources to address bullying and discrimination in schools, publicly released the videos and downloadable guides on Wednesday, telling CTV News, “We need to develop emotional and social skills for educators, parents and other children who are around those children exploring their gender or expression.”
The videos feature a puppet named Julia who is sad because she would rather be known as Julien as she doesn’t feel like a girl.
“Julia is a girl’s name, and I’m not a little girl,” the puppet states. “I’ve never felt like a girl, but everyone thinks I’m a little girl.”
When her friend, Alex, asks how she can help Julia feel happier, she explains that she wants to present herself as a boy.
“I’d like to cut my hair,” she says. “And I don’t want to wear dresses or girl’s clothes anymore. … And can people stop calling me Julia?”
Alex, replying positively, tells Julia that she will take her to the hairdresser and to go shopping so that she can pick out the clothes that she prefers.
“Did you know that there are many kids like you in the world?” Alex also asks. “There are millions and millions.”
In another video, Alex explains to Julia’s friends that Julia’s “heart” told her that she was really a boy inside.
“[I]f the heart says so, then it’s true,” she claims.
Alex then sings a nursery rhyme to the children, asserting, “There are little girls who feel like they are little boys. There are little boys who feel like they are little girls. It’s like an emotion beautiful and good. If it is good, then it is true.”
The group of puppets, along with Alex, sing the song together for the children watching, and with the second round, ask viewers to sing along with them.
“Maybe if you have a child [going through this] you can show them the videos and say, ‘Is that how you feel? What do you need? How can I help you?'” founder Jasmine Roy told CTV News.
However, others have expressed concern about indoctrinating children with the message that if their heart says they’re the opposite gender, it must be true.
“It is important to note that the underlying premise these educational modules are designed to convey to children is that if their feelings tell them something different than biological reality does, reality must be rejected in favor of these feelings,” wrote commentator Jonathon Van Maren.
“’Identity affirmation’ recognizes subjective feelings (80% of children who experience gender dysphoria grow out of it naturally) over the physical reality—not to mention the fact that there are only two genders. In fact, one of the videos is titled ‘The heart that knows everything”—just in case you wondered how far they’d be willing to take it,” he said. “Puppets were chosen deliberately for their appeal to children.”
As previously reported, Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?”
Jesus also taught in Mark 7:21-23, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness—all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
It is why he explained in John 3:5-7, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.”