Keep Kitty Litter Out Of Classrooms
When the GOP expressed outrage over children pooping like cats were they just trying to win votes or will they work to pass gun control?
- Nebraska State Sen. Bostelman (R)
To listen to the right-wing outrage machine, our schools are inundated with “hundreds of thousands [of students] across America” who are “coming to class wearing tails, fake animal ears, and even leashes.” Republican politicians, including elected officials, from throughout the country jumped on the “crisis” posed by “furries,” often claiming that educators “are putting litter boxes in schools for people who identify as cats.” Donald Trump Jr. stated that “up in New England they had litterboxes.” Joe Rogan discussed the experience of a friend’s wife who is a teacher “who works at a school” where a “mother badgered the school until they agreed to put a litterbox in one of the stalls” to accommodate her daughter who identifies as a cat. His guest, Tulsi Gabbard, declared the situation to be “insane.”
Rogan was later forced to admit that “I don’t think they actually did it” as there was not “any proof that they put a litter box in there.” Researcher Sharon E. Roberts states that “as someone who has studied furries for over a decade, the purported behavior of asking for litter boxes in restrooms is not supported by the research.” While “there is a real subculture of people known as furries,” this community is more likely to “roleplay as anthropomorphized animal characters” than to “identify” as something other than human. One notes “that there are no litter boxes at furry conventions.”
The fact that this “moral panic” is a reaction to urban myths repeated by politicians desperate for ammunition for their culture wars does not mean that kitty litter is not actually being stored in our classrooms. As noted in a rebuttal regarding lies about the Furry Threat by GOP…