The single biggest distraction in pretty much every classroom? Boys.
If our children’s educational experience is being compromised, it isn’t because of what the girls are wearing or how much of their skin is showing. It’s because the rambunctiousness of many boys measurably reduces teachers’ ability to teach and students’ ability to learn.
Boys tend to be more disruptive and therefore have more negative interaction with teachers as a result of their misbehavior. Because of this, boys in classrooms with girls often results in negative effects on girls’ academic engagement and achievement.
This post isn’t a testimonial for single-sex classrooms, it’s merely to point out that if school administrators’ true intentions are to protect the learning process, their time and effort is better spent focusing on boys’ behavior.
Because the immature antics of boys is far more distracting—to themselves and to everyone else—than the amount of a girls’ skin that’s visible.
A lot of great experiences and insights have been shared via the #YesAllWomen hashtag, and we really loved that females were able to connect in this way. And we’re encouraged that some males were able to gain a deeper understanding of the plight that all females face every day right here in America.
But we can’t overlook one critical fact: thousands of tweets won’t change the status quo that is gender discrimination and the harm it does to everyone—males included—in America. And since girlsCAN! was created expressly to stamp out sexism, this fact matters to us. A lot.
All female were already aware of all the endless ways in which males discriminate, subjugate, denigrate, and persecute them on a daily basis. And the males that don’t care about female equality still don’t care. #YesAllWomen did open the eyes of some of the more enlightened males, as evidenced by a number of, “I had no idea!” tweets posted by males, but that won’t be enough to effect meaningful, lasting change.
#YesAllWomen was and continues to be important, but it won’t—and wasn’t meant to—eliminate sexism. We need to move to the next logical step, which means we can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing. To have a measurable and demonstrable effect on the level of sexism we must use different tactics, ones that actually convince males to view females as equals.
girlsCAN! has an answer. While it’s not the only answer, our system of sexism-busting techniques have been proven effective at helping girls stamp out gender bias in their daily lives. But we need your support—and the support of lots of other people—to make changes happen.
Thanks so much to you and everyone who supported @girlsCANorg during the #YesAllWomen extravaganza of tweets! Please encourage the rest of your gang to follow us on twitter so we can really make a difference for America’s girls!
A long-running debate hits the headlines again: a CNN article explores whether NFL cheerleading represent all-American fun or gratuitous sexism.
One of the key components of the girlsCAN! program is having female athletes as Mentors, so we’re careful to keep an open mind when considering whether or not a program that employs female athletes deserves to the sexist label.
Emily Yoffe, better known as Slate’s Dear Prudence, is receiving a thrashing from many leading feminist writers for an article she wrote advocating that college girls and women avoid getting so drunk they can’t protect themselves from predators that rely on alcohol to facilitate committing sexual assault, outlined here on the girlsCAN! Headlines page.
It’s a safe bet that all feminists agree that the behavior of sexual perpetrators is the problem, not the behavior of their targets. But based on the uproar, not all feminists agree on what to tell our girls regarding the well-documented dangers of getting drunk at parties.