By Jill Blackmore
Answering again exposes the volatility of gender reform in lots of diverse faculties and study rooms. It tells tales in pack up and from less than, permitting every person to speak: fearful boys, naughty ladies, cantankerous academics, pontificating principals and feisty feminists. This ebook demanding situations many sacred rules approximately gender reform in faculties and may shock and unsettle lecturers and researchers. It attracts on a deep wisdom of gender concerns in colleges and of feminist theories, regulations and practices. it truly is compelling and provocative studying on the cutting edge.
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Extra info for Answering Back: Girls, Boys, Teachers and Feminism in Schools
Keith] There is also resentment amongst a number of boys at the attention given to the girls. Clifford, in Year 10, describes the sentiments of some of his friends that, because of ‘equal opportunities’ things have ‘gone a little bit too far’. There’s sports, the perfect example, because with the girls— like you’ve probably heard of the hockey team—they’re the Victorian leaders. Well we won the cricket by miles and we weren’t allowed to take it any further… They say to us that the cost is too much to send us away, but we feel it’s just that girls are basically favoured in this school.
We consider possible reasons and what could be done. And we try to help the boys understand why everybody needs an active life and to feel good about using their body. So while we’re encouraging the girls we’re also trying to help the boys see the need for justice to be done in terms of the media and the views that are held. [Bob, physical education teacher] Sally explains that within the school there is a conscious effort to make girls’ activity visible: Our lunchtime practices are outside on the netball courts so that the boys see the girls training because you know the old thing that the girls sit around in the yard and do nothing but talk.
She was] speaking out in a big loud voice and saying that she wasn’t happy with something—yeah that was really good. Several physical education teachers commented that while participation in sport was an issue for girls generally, ethnicity did make a difference. Marlene said, ‘It is a tough one to deal with,’ and commented particularly that Muslim girls were too embarrassed to do sport. Aisha, the Multicultural Liaison Officer and herself a Muslim, laughingly offered a different take on the matter.