Ethics Hero: Kimberly Reicks

Oh the games the news media play now, every night and every day now….

The typical left-propping mainstream media source calls Kimberly Riecks an “activist.” She is, in fact, a mother who is willing to do what more parents should do in defense of their children, their own parental rights, and the arrogant abuse of power by school boards in pursuit of ideological agendas that have little to do with the best interests of children. The conservative news sources call her “a mother”.”” or a “mom.” That is correct, but you see, the terms are positive ones. Can’t have that for a “clear and present danger” to the state.

A high school in Ankeny, Iowa held an after-school drag show for students, the apparently rogue project of a gay students organization. Parents weren’t alerted in advance, the protocols weren’t followed and the school board was supposed to investigate. No results were forthcoming, nor explanations, nor heads rolling down steps, though the event occurred in May.

Kimberly Reicks, who is a mother of a student in the district, came to a public meeting of the School Board dressed as one of the drag performers, and said in part,

Does this outfit make you turn your head? Does this outfit seem appropriate for anybody here to see? This is what the man dressed like in front of our kids. So if this makes your head spin — if this pisses you off in any way, shape, or form — it should. Because I’m embarrassed to stand here in the outfit that I am in today, but I have a point to prove — that this outfit should not be ever accepted in our schools anywhere.

and

Where’s the transparency in this? How are we going to entrust you — the board members — to do what is right for us parents and make sure that the kids know what is right?

She also asked for an official apology.

I have to inject here: the advent of drag shows for youth audiences in schools and libraries completely missed my radar, and apparently it has been going on for a while. The New York Post reported that NYC schools spent over $200,000 putting on drag queen shows for their students. Wait, what? Why, for heaven’s sake? What maniac thought that was a good idea? What submissive slugs shrugged and said, “Sure! Sounds fine to me!”? I don’t get it. I thought men in drag for entertainment had been stuffed in the politically incorrect closet as misogynist, and nobody was allowed to laugh at Flip Wilson, “Bosom Buddies,” “Some Like It Hot” or Monty Python again. It’s educational now? Educating about what?

The Des Moines Register, the most influential newspaper in the state, made its side clear by basically implying that Reicks is a radical conservative nutcase as the founder of Iowa Mama Bears, “an organization that expresses views against masks” —no, it expresses views against masking children, which is cruel, harmful, and stupid— “COVID-19 vaccines”,”—no, it objects to mandatory vaccinations– “LGTBQ content”— no, the group properly believes that sexual content doesn’t belong in lesson plans—and “the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” I guess because the agency has proved itself to be politicized, incompetent, dishonest and untrustworthy. In other words, the paper’s coverage of Reicks’ protest was a standard issue biased, misleading smear.

But then the Register is all in for adults parading around like this…

In a feature last month called “For LGBTQ youths, Des Moines’ all-ages drag show is about more than just performing,” the Register explains,

Dozens of LGBTQ children and young adults from across the state perform monthly at an all-ages drag show at The Garden in Des Moines. The youths involved say the gatherings are like family and help build important bonds in a space where they can find safety and simply be who they are….Drag is an art form where performers exaggerate or play up gender presentation. It often incorporates elaborate makeup, costumes, dance and music. It’s a major part of nightlife, and self-expression, in the LGBTQ community.

Who ruled that transvestism and cross-dressing were “art forms”? Sexual fetishes are art forms now? In 2010, Ethics Alarms discussed Rich Iott, a Tea Party candidate for Congress whose prospects were ruined by the revelation that he liked to dress up as a Nazi SS officer as recreation. Iott tried to escape by stating that he was a “re-enactor.” The fool! He should have said, “Pretending to be a Nazi is an art form where performers exaggerate or play up Nazi behavior and character traits. It often incorporates little mustaches, uniforms, goose-stepping and Wagner. It’s a major part self-expression in the conservative history-minded community.” Then all would be well. He might even have been asked to goose-step for fourth graders at a library.

Let’s be clear: I don’t care what adults dress up as in their private lives, and if parents want to take their sexually-disoriented teens and gay kids to drag shows, that’s their business. I understand that watching men act like, dress like, and pose as girls and women might be reassuring to a small minority of minors. None of that justifies making drag shows part of the educational process. Like so much else, this phenomenon is the result of responsible authorities being unwilling to say, “No” and accept the inevitable accusations, denigration and attacks that being responsible now requires.

Kimberly Riecks is a role model they need to look to for inspiration and guts. She’s an Ethics Hero. Now we need to find a few million more like her.

9 thoughts on “Ethics Hero: Kimberly Reicks

  1. “Kimberly Riecks is a role model they need to look to for inspiration and guts. She’s an Ethics Hero. Now we need to find a few million more like her.”

    This crap really infuriates me and gets my cape all in knots, especially all the pathetic weenies in charge who are unwilling to exercise simple common sense.
    I suspect there ARE millions out there but cannot figure out why so few PARENTS are willing to take a moment and do something. Have we become a nation of weaklings?

  2. The media is very good at slipping negative stuff into articles on things they disagree with.

    You mark my words, come the end of Monday or the beginning of Tuesday, on any article talking about the Columbus Day parade in NY there will be all kinds of additional negatives. The weather is expected to be fine, so they can’t slip in talk about a “chill wind” or a “threatening sky.” However, don’t be surprised to hear about “smaller crowds” or “few young people,” or “campy” music or floats. Expect to hear a lot about “controversy” or “allegations of genocide” and of course how “fewer cities and states are doing this.”

    It’s never enough to simply report the facts. There’s always got to be self-important “profound” commentary guiding you the reader to the conclusion the media wants you to reach. In this case it’s the conclusion that yeah, this celebration is still around, but it’s hopelessly square and out of date, attended only by gray-haired guys with fat around their middles named Sal and Pauly, and soon the newer, hipper, cooler celebration of victimization will take its place, it’s just a matter of when, not whether.

  3. Obviously the queers have a firm grip on the US school system. What once was cause for arrest and prosecution is now accepted as some warped form of education. Child abuse, nothing more.

    • Education? There MIGHT be cause for clinical education from age 14 onward, with the facts that there is a population that is preferentially homosexual and this is what’s what wrt them. Probably also add that gay people are the same as other neighbors and should not be harassed. However, this has nothing to do with basic biology or psych. This is just weird.

  4. The problem is not so much that they have men dressed up as women, which is a dramatic tradition going back to antiquity. Even small children can understand playing dress-up – to them, a man dressed up as a woman is no more consequential than a man dressed up as a bear or as a dragon.

    But often these performances are overtly sexualized. The reason Riecks’ outfit was inappropriate for a school board meeting wasn’t that it was a woman’s outfit, but that it was immodest and sexualized. The Register tips their hand when they explain Drag is part of “nightlife”. Most of us understand “nightlife” to refer to adult forms of entertainment. Alcohol use is undeniably part of “nightlife”, but few would argue that schools should initiate children into it.

    • Although nowadays, the dramatic and particularly comedic traditions are… problematic. If there are people whose “real experiences” include needing to dress and behave like this, then to portray it in any but the most flattering – nay, laudable – of lights is to drag them through the mud. To laugh at such things is evil. I just had a production of “Leading Ladies” close due to this very issue, and no one wants to touch “The Producers” with a 10 foot pole, and “Spamalot” is viewed as deeply problematic. I haven’t heard anyone suggest “Hairspray,” but I imagine it’s DOA. Theatre is slowly bleeding to death, and the knife is in its own hands. Cromwell would be pleased, if we could but keep his head from expoding over everything else going on in the world today.

  5. In my “conservative” town there will be a drag show tonight that is a fundraiser for…wait for it…kids.

    Our local chapter of PFLAG (parents of lesbians and gay – though now the focus is on mostly trans kids) is raising money for teenagers to get surgery for their gendered identity.

    The MC is transgender and identifies as “a demon” who has an OnlyFans page that solicits men to pay for sexual acts online.

    At this point, when I hear someone talking about a drag show, I can almost count on it involving kids, inappropriate sexuality, and adults who continue to play dress up long after it makes sense.

  6. In many ways, this is just a logical progression of a problem that started decades ago and has been growing over time. The lines between “educating” children and “parenting” children have been allowed to blur, until now schools think its their job to fill everything they interpret as a parenting gap, including imparting values to our children, even values about topics (sex) that firmly belong to the realm of parenting.

    I would say it started with truly physical needs – feeding kids lunch so they wouldn’t be trying to learn when hungry. Then lunch stretched to breakfast and snacks. And now many parents rely on schools to provide daytime childcare, and cheap or free “wrap-around care” so kids could be supervised at school for a parents entire workday. And then it stretched to values. The DARE program, a popular part of school curricula for so long, was really schools parenting our kids. And programs like “Character Counts” in the school system. You could argue that kids need to eat, and be supervised, and to learn positive character traits (stay off drugs, be honest and kind) and if home isn’t providing that, the school needs to step in. Schools certainly see it that way.

    But then you end up where we are now, with schools teaching values; and the current set of values being taught give us big, serious reasons to object.

    Too many parents abdicated too much responsibility, leaving the door wide open for this type of situation. And even now, so many people think the question is “are these the values we want schools teaching our kids” rather than asking “should schools be teaching our kids values at all.”

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