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Tomboy, the movie, stuck between conservative moralism and the guardians of the This interesting movie has become the source of a relatively interesting ideological conflict between the two main moralist currents of our time. On one side, the right-wing conservatives perceive homosexuality and children sexual education as a perversion and a threat to the moral order. On the other side, the left-wing conservatives perceive biological human behavior differences (such as sex differences) as a threat to their very personal interpretation of "equality": an equality which, according to socialism ideology, can only be established in same-ism

We won't talk here about the bias and the dangers of the right-wing ideologies (nationalist or free-marketeer) since they are today already well known mainly because they are taught. However the socialism's bias and dangers, that are particularly obvious in this kind of debate, are less known since they are not only not taught at school, but they are deeply rooted in our educational system, despite the violence and the number of victims this ideology caused and still causes today...

Entrenched in the Blank Slate belief, socialism proclaims that the behavioral differences between humans are only the fruit of social constructions, therefore "everything (every behavior) is learned" and it is possible "to erase and rewrite everything". The "gender theory" is the logical continuation of this reasoning and its so-called "denial of human nature". The "gender theory" proclaims that "behavioral differences between men and women are just learned". The Blank Slate (and the theories that stem from it) thus reject the idea of a biological or genetic influence on human behavior, whether to explain the behavioral differences between the sexes, or to explain the origin of intolerance, discrimination or exploitation "these behaviors can't be innate, it's the society that create entirely  them, that distributes social roles". Since human nature is perceived as a Blank Slate — and thus innocent —, "injustices and inequalities can only come from society".

The socialist ideology remains attached to these theories because recognizing that behavior and difference could also have a biological (or innate) origin, would destroy its foundations and, in passing, wipe out  their hope of building more harmonious societies. An hope that most of the people of our time (willing to build more equal societies) believe to be linked to socialism success...

This blockage is not new. Science and the advancement of knowledge regularly challenge our beliefs. A little over a 100 years ago, the church fought Darwin because he dared to question its creationist dogma. A dogma on which rested the moral of that time: "there can be no good without God or the Church. A world without God will be a chaotic". The problem comes back today with the same fear of questioning the moral principles of our time ― since a large majority of Westerners (among others) consider that there can be no justice, no humanism or no equality without socialism and its Blank Slate. The "no salvation outside the socialism" could remind us of the difficulties the peoples of that time went through...

Recognizing a biological roots to human behavior would contradict the idea of a human nature ― a human nature that would be a Blank Slate ― on which is based socialism but also the mainstream social sciences currents. Questioning this idea would not only challenge our intellectual certitude and shake the foundations of our moral conviction, but it will also affect most of the left political ideals based on this theory, and even the main educational theories that have been built on this principle...

Does the origin of this child problem only come from social perversion, or also from biological/innate influences? The subject is not just philosophical. It's concrete, and crucial  because according to our idea of human nature, we will offer radically different solutions to resolve these injustices.

To come back on the movie, we did not see any ideological bias in it. We loved it because it approaches with sharpness and simplicity the difficulties and questions about sexual identity many children are facing. This movie shows that it is possible to talk about child sexuality or homosexuality with simple words, without falling into one or the other ideology. This story also talk about human nature, about these beautiful and dark sides that make up who we are. The movie talk about our natural inclination toward conformism and condemnation, about our tendency to fear and reject what differs. But this story also tell us how much we desire to overcome these instincts. It shows humans inclination to freedom and social harmony and its great potential to build a better world.