End sexism in schools

End sexism in schools

Sexism is everywhere and is not being antagonised, neither in principle nor practice, as other forms of discrimination are. In many schools children are reminded daily about the imperative of mutual respect in racial, cultural and religious terms. However, gender discrimination is not similarly prioritised. Boys dominate in the playground, despite some schools introduce 'Girls football days', which many girls don't join anyway, used as they are to boys ultimately taking over. Children uttering remarks like 'stop crying like a little girl' or boys refusing to sit next to girls, all represent attitudes which go often unchallenged and are often attributed to specific types of cultural upbringing. Sexism in schools does not seem to be recognised as damaging enough. As if it's some kind of low level discrimination, to be dismissed with a shrug. It is instead pervasive and remains mostly unchallenged (often in fear of hurting particular, culturally-shaped, sensibilities). What is the point of fighting for equal pay in the workplace, if girls are taught that inequality starts at school? 'Stop sexism in education' is the campaign I would like to join.


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