The events that have unfolded in the school district of Loudoun County, Virg., one the richest counties in the United States, exemplifies what's been going on in our country for the past several years and the horrific mistake that has been made in using critical gender ideology to reshape our society.
It also proves the value of the American ideal that elevating the rights of one group over another leads directly to inequality.
The story itself is horrific, but it is also not an uncommon one or one without precedent. In fact, it is a story that has unfolded time and time again: A girl was raped, and officials tried to cover it up to protect both the rapist and themselves, and to uphold a system that institutionalizes mechanisms which make it easier to commit rape.
We know this story. We know it well. Women, specifically, have been fighting for decades to have their reports of rape and assault be believed by a culture and justice system that would sooner give rapists a free pass than give women a chance to seek justice and hold their rapist accountable.
But there is a difference in this rape case than there is in previous ones, and that is this:
Those who covered up this rape to protect the rapist were doing so to uphold radical gender ideology and policies that were implemented in schools, backed by that ideology, despite parental objections.
These policies were first instituted at the state level, and are backed by the power and force of the federal government.
But the result of the implementation of radical leftist ideology, touted as a salve for traditional values that were believed to be oppressive to women, is exactly the same as if nothing had changed in culture at all. The rapist was given a free pass, and the victim was left to suffer in silence.
That silence was not enough for the local school board officials, either. Once the young girl had been effectively shut up, they attempted to belittle and shush her father as well. Scott Smith is the father of the girl who was raped in the bathroom of Stone Bridge High when a gender non-conforming biological male accessed that bathroom according to their gender self-identification as "genderfluid." The only action taken against that student was that they were moved to another school in the district.
That "genderfluid" person was permitted to access that bathroom because of school district policy allowing students access to the facilities that suit their gender self-identification, which is backed by state law, which in turn is backed by the Biden administration's gender equity policies.
Seeking justice, Smith attended a school board meeting on June 22. At this meeting, also, was a coach who had been suspended for refusing to be compelled to use students' preferred pronouns. The school board backed their policy for both requiring preferred pronouns and for allowing male students access to female students' bathrooms, saying that anyone who was concerned about that should not be.
Smith spoke out about his daughter having been forcefully sodomized, and a community activist woman in a rainbow shirt essentially said that he was lying. Smith's anger got the better of him, and he and the woman exchanged words. Smith was arrested.
This aspect of the arrest was not revealed until The Daily Wire investigated and uncovered the truth.
However, between June 22 and the publication of that report, Smith's arrest was used by the National School Boards Association to demand that the Biden administration's Department of Justice launch a probe into unruly parents at school board meetings, likening them to domestic terrorists. The DOJ did launch that investigation.
The girl who was violated was not believed, and when her father spoke in her defense, he too was not believed to be telling the truth.
The power structure in place upheld the rights of the male student to use whichever bathroom they pleased rather than believe that said student could have forcefully violated his peer. The reason the male student was given so much leeway, both to perform the rape and to be believed by authorities, is because of his identity as a gender nonconforming person.
This is no different than countless other scenarios in which the rapist's identity is seen by authorities as reason to believe that they are guiltless when it comes to instances of assault or rape.
How is this progress? How can progressives not see that they are creating the exact same system that they were trying to dismantle? Women and girls are still not believed when it comes to their experiences with male persons when the identity and ideology represented by those male persons upholds a progressive narrative.
Males are still believed and protected over the women who they victimize. The much praised yet essentially stupid and infantilizing #MeToo movement did nothing for women who are actual rape victims, and did everything for power-hungry celebrities, politicians, and women ambitious enough to do anything to get ahead, who used the movement to gain prominence by hurting men who were simply in the way of their success.
Those feminists who backed #MeToo, yet also stand behind programs like those in Virginia schools that give males access to female spaces, including bathrooms, changing rooms, prisons, and other spaces, do more to hurt women than to help them, and uphold the patriarchy they claim to oppose.
This gender ideology that claims woman and man are mere feelings, and that a person should be privileged according to how they feel at any given moment, such as the "genderfluid" student who forced a 9th grader to perform fellatio and who anally raped her, does not further equality between the sexes, but relegates women to the second class status they had before the Civil Rights Act of 1968.