Alberta Mom's Anti-Transgender Rap Is Offensive to Both Trans People and Hip-Hop

One "concerned" Alberta, Canada, mom lost herself in the music, the moment, when she recorded a rap for YouTube. The misbegotten rap addresses Alberta's recent move to all-gender restrooms.


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The refrain that anchors this not-dope rap track, titled "Gender Bender," goes as such: 

This is just a fender bender 
All over sex and gender 
Can we pick another issue
Than to change our bathrooms for a few? 

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Source: Mic/YouTube

Alberta's education minister released guidelines for best practices regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in January, and schools were required to implement them by the end of March, according to Mercatornet.

The guidelines allow students to define their own gender identity, choose their own pronouns, dress according to their own gender and allow students to use facilities that match their gender identity. 

Increasingly, schools are becoming the battleground for transgender rights. Though some schools are doing away with gender-divided bathrooms, some schools are looking to enact dehumanizing, draconian laws based on genital "visual inspection." All of this despite the fact that there is no data showing that trans people are a threat in bathrooms. 

It does go beyond schools, too. One Florida Republican went so far as to try to ban trans people from bathrooms unless they use the one that corresponds to their "biological sex, either male or female, at birth."

"People are not forced to go the restroom," he said in an interview with BuzzFeed. "They choose to go to the restroom."

However, as is the case when anything about transgender rights is brought up, this Alberta mom seems only focused on the bathroom aspect. The same thing happened in the United States when the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance failed to pass: Opponents of the statute reduced the measure, which was a comprehensive rights ordinance, to a simple (and false) argument that "men in women's bathrooms" could cause problems.

In that sense, the Alberta mom's raps aren't only bad, they're unoriginal. Her defense against allowing people to feel comfortable in their own bathrooms includes: the animal kingdom, the number of trans students and teachers' pay. 

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Source: Mic/YouTube
Source: Mic/YouTube

Can we focus rather on educating
Rather than mere facilitating? 
We should stop and calculate the cost 
While teachers' jobs take cuts and loss.
Are there six, perhaps thirteen in essence,
Children in Alberta who switch gender pretense?

Her animal kingdom lyric is actually rather baffling: 

Listen, listen to what I say
The animal kingdom is smarter this way 
The animals, oh, they lead with more guile
Their offspring keep their gender in the wild.

Considering that female hyenas have pseudopenises, male seahorses give birth and several species of fish switch genders, perhaps this mom needs to leave the rap game and crack open a book. 

And here are a few verses for you, "concerned" Alberta mom: 

You're not ready, bars weak, argument's messy
There's vomit on my sweater already. Alberta mom's so petty.

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Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew Rodriguez is a Staff Writer at Mic. He is a queer Latino New Yorker who enjoys female rappers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Flannery O'Connor. He is a former editor at TheBody.com and he is working on a memoir.

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