Summarised by Centrist
Resist Gender Education (RGE) advocates for the Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) guide to be stripped of gender ideology for scientifically accurate and age-appropriate content.
They say that the current guide promotes the idea that non-conformity to sexist stereotypes implies a need for medical alterations. Instead, they argue, there is no one right way to be a boy or a girl.
The group says supporters of RSE in the media are focusing on consent, sexuality, and relationships while omitting teachings about sex being on a spectrum and that boys can have periods. At the same time, opposition to the guide is characterised as originating from a small group of parents influenced by US rhetoric.
The group says the Ministry of Education hands-off approach leaves schools to handle the debate around the RSE guide, which according to RGE:
“(S)trongly reinforces the need for parents to collaborate and ensure the whole community is included in meaningful RSE consultation.”