“…We can tell our children that school is important until we’re blue in the face, they’re not stupid. They see the loudest applause is for the kids on the field. They know teachers are paid poorly and don’t drive fancy cars. They know people plan Super Bowl parties but mock the National Spelling Bee. In other words, they see the hypocrisy, and we can’t expect society to correct itself. If we want to have any lasting influence on the way our kids approach education — the way future generations approach education — then we have to grab our pom-poms and paint our faces and celebrate intellectual curiosity with the same vigor we do their athletic achievements.”—
At my high school, the year-end academic awards ceremony happened at night and was optional, but the sports awards were an event that took place during the school day, in the auditorium, with everyone required to attend.
My freshman year, I brought a book and read during the sports awards. I was scolded by a teacher for not clapping, and when I said, “But this is a school. So we’re encouraged to read, right?” she gave me the nastiest look.
The next year, the principal pulled me aside after the ceremony and tried to guilt trip me for not applauding for the “hard-working athletes.” I told her, “They don’t have to clap for me at academic awards night. They don’t even have to go. So why should I be required to clap for them?” She left me alone.
The next year no one said a word to me about reading.
“[Trigger warning: rape] Even if the rape victim is a 15-year-old girl raped again and again on her own school campus during the homecoming dance, there is always something apologists can use against her. And even if all women everywhere cover up, stay sober, don’t go to parties, always wear pants, remain un-pierced and un-inked, don’t wear makeup, always wear flats, never leave the house without a man, and stop living our lives freely, the rape apologists will find a new set of criteria that will make us responsible for our rapes anyway.”—Amanda Hess (http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist/2010/04/13/but-was-she-wearing-high-heels/)
“He won’t specify what they will get, but the reports that they’ll receive ‘only’ $10 million each can’t be far off, because he concedes, ‘It will be a minuscule portion of my wealth. It will mean they have to find their own way.
‘They will be given an unbelievable education and that will all be paid for. And certainly anything related to health issues we will take care of. But in terms of their income, they will have to pick a job they like and go to work. They are normal kids now. They do chores, they get pocket money.”
“That’s largely a function of income … They’re just barely managing to survive as it is, and they don’t have enough income to save… That’s because they had little or no money set aside. More than 40% of all women had less than $500 in the bank. For those 25 to 34 years old, the percentage without a rainy day fund jumped to 55%.”
“Slut-bashing shows us that sexism is still alive and that as boys and girls grow up, different sexual expectations and identities are applied to them. Slut-bashing is evidence of a sexual double standard that should have been eliminated decades ago… Slut-bashing sends the message to all girls, no matter how “pure” their reputations, that men and boys are free to express themselves sexually, but women and girls are not.”—Leora Tanenbaum: Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation (via blanche-dubois)