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Part 1: The Most Outrageous Ways Schools Are Trying To Enforce Gender Stereotypes
Pressuring kids to conform to traditional gender roles can have serious consequences. And reinforcing traditional gendered behavior can also teach kids to equate their gender with stereotypes that aren’t always healthy.
Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress
April 23, 2014 | Over the past several years, school dress codes haven’t been without controversy. Particularly because gender-based dress codes often end up furthering unhealthy attitudes about female sexuality — suggesting that it’s girls’ responsibility to cover up because boys can’t help but get “distracted” — students and parents sometimes protest against what they see as a harmful approach to kids’ understanding of gender roles.
There are other subtle ways that schools’ clothing requirements impose messages about gender and sexuality on America’s youth, too. In the name of creating a uniform learning environment without any distractions, school administrators often require students to fit into a narrowly defined view of what it means to be a boy or a girl. Here are five recent examples of schools attempting to police kids’ gender expression, ultimately reinforcing unnecessary stereotypes about how girls and boys ought to behave.
Tara Culp-Ressler is the Health Editor for ThinkProgress. Before joining the ThinkProgress team, Tara deepened her interest in progressive politics from a faith-based perspective at several religious nonprofits, including Faith in Public Life, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and Interfaith Voices.
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Part 2: We Don’t Always Know When We’re Biased
By default, schools in a society with deeply embedded institutional racism and sexism will replicate and perpetuate those problems.
Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020
April 11, 2014 |Most of the bias in our society operates without people being aware of their own bias.
Over at the Shanker Institute’s blog, research associate Esther Quintero has rounded up some key points about implicit bias, which operates below the conscious level, using the same system as other mental shortcuts that help us function in day-to-day life.
Michael Diedrich, Education Fellow, Minnesota 2020
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Boy Scouts Shut Down Two Troops Over Acceptance of LGBT Leader, Curtis F, Addicting Info
No, this isn’t about religion. Conservatives are engaging in behavior that they know could result in death, and they simply use their religion as an excuse to validate this dangerous behavior. Don’t get it confused. These aren’t the acts of religious people. This is outright hate.