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GOP Congressman Suggests Children Should Be Taught Gender Roles (VIDEO)

During a speech on the House floor this Tuesday in support of the Defense of Marriage Act, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) suggested that young boys and girls should be enrolled in courses that teach gender roles so they can learn “what’s important.”

“Maybe part of the problem is we need to go back into the schools at a very early age — maybe at the grade school level — and have a class for the young girls and have a class for the young boys and say, you know, this is what’s important,” Gingrey said.

“This is what a father does and this may be a little different — maybe a little different, maybe a little better than the talent that mom has in a certain area and same things for the young girls, you know, this is what a mom does and this is what’s important from the standpoint of that union — which we call marriage,” he continued. “And we have called that from the beginning of this country and long before the beginning of this country.”

Gingrey made news earlier this year when he said that former Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin was “partly right” when he made his infamous “legitimate rape” comments. Gingray is a medical doctor, which made his siding with Akin all the more controversial.

Watch Gingrey’s full remarks in the video below.

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  1. Bob Cull

    June 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Another of those grandstanding speeches made to an empty chamber strictly for the camera. He seems to be suggesting that schools should be teaching along with “accepted” roles for males and females religious tenets. He speaks of teaching them values and with these guys values is a code word for not just religion but their particular flavor of religion. I guess it’s really no surprise coming from a guy who supposedly has a medical education and still supports someone who says that a woman is unlikely to become pregnant as the result of rape.

  2. Drumchik

    June 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    To me, the problem with his argument is that, if a role is truly gender based, it would be inherent; it wouldn’t need to be taught. What he is talking about is assigning roles, and even more importantly, specific behaviors based on those roles, to individuals. And of course, these gender roles are constructed out of patriarchy, which is a hierarchy that puts men at the top and women, well, beneath them. For a talk that was supposed to be in honor of fathers and Father’s Day, it sounds like he is really just lamenting that “women don’t know their place anymore.”

  3. Omar Spence

    June 21, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Let me guess, he wants to teach the boys how to be misogynistic sociopaths and the girls to be submissive little sheep to cook, clean and breed at their husband’s service.

  4. Omar Spence

    June 21, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Thank God I go to medical school in a country where such tomfoolery is laughed at and dismissed and anyone with a medical degree would be in fear of loosing their credibility for saying something like that.

  5. Bob Cull

    June 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

    That is EXACTLY what he wants, Drumchik!

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