More texts for a unit on gender

27 Apr

I wrote the other day about representations of women, with a view to one day reviewing all my posts and putting together a unit that required students to engage with how gender is represented in our society.  I still have not figured out how the unit will sit together, but I do have another two texts to potentially include.

The first is the ‘Ban Bossy‘ campaign website, which aims to draw attention to the differing expectations and judgments made of girls and boys.  In the words of the website:

When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead.

The second is an opinion piece by Kasey Edwards, which explores her view of the representation of assertive girls and her response to the Ban Bossy campaign.

As a side note, the ‘Ban Bossy’ website would also be a great resource for Society and Culture as it explores an attempt to challenge gender norms.


3 Responses to “More texts for a unit on gender”

  1. MythRider April 28, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    I find women who are not assertive annoying. A group of women can’t make a decision such as moving a table without first asking permission. “”Do you think it’s OK if …” and I say, “Yes, do it.”



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