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There were a number of objectionable, inappropriate instances of indoctrination that took place during Black Lives Matter Week of Action at School, hosted by the Ames Public School District.

Here are some of the words used, and their meaning:


agender: a person with no (or very little) connection to the traditional system of gender, no personal alignment with the concepts of either man or woman, and/or someone who sees themselves as existing without gender.

bigender: a person who fluctuates between traditionally “woman” and “man” gender-based behavior and identities, identifying with both genders (or sometimes identifying with either man or woman, as well as a third, different gender).

binder: an undergarment used to alter or reduce the appearance of one’s breasts.

constellation: a way to describe the arrangement or structure of a polyamorous relationship.

down low: typically referring to men who identify as straight but who secretly have sex with men. Down low originated in, and is most commonly used by, communities of color.

skoliosexual: being primarily sexually, romantically and/or emotionally attracted to some genderqueer, transgender, transsexual and/or non-binary people.

third gender: for a person who does not identity with either man or woman, but identifies with another gender. This gender category is used by societies that recognize three or more genders, both contemporary and historic, and is also a conceptual term meaning different things to different people who use it, as a way to move beyond the gender binary.

Author: Jacob Hall


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