Hairy armpits and a burning hatred for penises. Class dismissed.
Via Washington Examiner:
You gotta get ‘em while they’re young.
A rumbling is beginning among feminists to try to get their ideology put to use in the classroom. In an article on Pandagon, the liberal blog that gave rise to Ezra Klein, a feminist mom calling herself “Glosswitch” brought up the issue:
“When I think of the blind faith in gender that surrounds [her son], I’m not feeling so comfortable. It’s not just that the stereotypes are limiting on an individual basis. They are everywhere and they embed, ever so gradually, the sense that is natural for women and girls to be decorative, whereas men and boys are the active ones. This isn’t what I want my son to learn at school, a place that should be opening his mind, not closing it.”
Her outrage began because her son learned a song called “Jesus is my superhero,” which featured verses about how Jesus was better than Superman, Spiderman, Batman, etc. Glosswitch became upset when the only woman mentioned in the song was Barbie.
“Barbie? That’s right, He’s better than Barbie, the only woman of the lot. Not only is Barbie’s superhero status tenuous to begin with, but her superhero action is brushing her hair. I’ve nothing against hair-brushing, but seriously: flying through the air, catching villains in enormous spider webs — those are superhero powers. But hair-brushing? What kind of sexist nonsense is this? Should they really be teaching this in schools?”
Maybe — just thinking outside the box here — she should be proud of the song for not including women because maybe the songwriter didn’t think Jesus was better than many women?
She then spoke with other parents, who pointed out other “stereotyping” occurring in the school:
“[P]rincess and pirate weeks; ‘tidying up’ as a reward for girls while boys get to play sport; football days for boys and cooking days for girls (‘but they love it,’ apparently); gendered icing colours in baking classes.” […]
And the author of the Pandagon post isn’t alone her vision of a feminist curriculum. Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman wrote in March that a better way to boost girls’ self-esteem (besides banning the word “bossy”) would be to teach feminism in schools.
“Give the little girls Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Kay Thompson’s Eloise,” Freeman said. “Start the teenagers off with Gail Collins’ When Everything Changed, so they can get excited about all the cool women in the 20th century who made the world what it is today.”
That seems pretty tame, although Glosswitch might be offended at the idea of giving different books to boys and girls. But then Freeman takes a turn for the radical, suggesting classrooms include “seminal, smart and angry texts such as Backlash by Susan Faludi and Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth.”