Saturday, April 2, 2011

Texas to Require "Traditional Values Centers" at State-Funded Universities

The Texas House late last night passed one of the more hilariously leotarded amendments in this year's budget session. The amendment belongs to Representative Wayne Christian (R-Center) (at left) and would require a university that has a "gender and sexuality center" to equally fund a center that teaches, ahem, "traditional values." The bill passed 110-24.

Presumably Mr. Christian isn't aware of "heteronormativity" and would surely be comforted to know that, in a heteronormative system, every center, course, and department at every university teaches and privileges "traditional values"--thus creating the need for a locus of support for students, faculty and staff for whom "traditional values" are exclusionary and full of hate.

The full text of the amendment is available here. But the meat is below:
It is the intent of the Legislature that an institution of higher education shall use an amount of appropriated funds to support a family and traditional values center for students of the institution that is not less than any amount of appropriated funds used by the institution to support a gender and sexuality center or other center for students focused on gay, lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, transsexual, gender questioning, or other gender identity issues.

Considering the terrible success rate of straight people at living out their "traditional values," such a center could surely do some good. But somehow I doubt Christian envisions a center that would tangibly help straight people build strong marriages and avoid divorce as much as it would disparage feminism, equal rights for non-straights, and be mean to trans people.

We can hope this amendment doesn't make it through the reconciliation process but it's still a dick move to pass it in the first place.


  1. Well you know it is important that young women and men get more messages about traditional values. God forbid they should come to love themselves for who they are.

    Some of the organizations you link to are so frightening... Like the traditional values guys, whose main article is about Islam being a violent religion, and some sort of world encompassing conspiracy.

  2. we had a billboard in austin that just came down that said 'what's in the koran? you deserve to know! call 800-xxx-xxxx to get your free copy.' i assumed it had to be some conservative thing and it looks like we've found who! the choice of location was interesting, too--east side of austin, almost 100% black neighborhood.

  3. So does the bill express any provisions or guidelines as to what this "traditional values" center should be promoting. I think that if there's nothing explicit, then I think the traditional values should be gender neutral and instead promote and address the following traditional values:

    1. What to do and how to deal with working a 9-5 job in which you do nothing all day but get on the internet and stare at your hands.
    2. How to deal with your boring significant other when you realize you married them b/c it was expected and you really want to divorce them.
    3. What to do when you're working a full time job and you have a baby that neither you nor your significant other can take care of b/c you didn't really want a kid at 25 anyway.
    4. How to keep teenagers from sneaking out of the house and boozing/smoking/sexing it up as an act of rebellion against the stuck in the mud parent.
    5. What to do when you've become an MTV reality show and your teenage daughter is pregnant.

    I think that should address the traditional values role they were thinking of.