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Answering Back: Girls, Boys, Teachers and Feminism in by Jill Blackmore

By Jill Blackmore

Answering again exposes the volatility of gender reform in lots of varied colleges and school rooms. It tells tales in pack up and from lower than, permitting every person to speak: nervous boys, naughty women, cantankerous academics, pontificating principals and feisty feminists. This ebook demanding situations many sacred rules approximately gender reform in faculties and should shock and unsettle lecturers and researchers. It attracts on a deep wisdom of gender matters in faculties and of feminist theories, regulations and practices. it's compelling and provocative studying on the cutting edge.

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Madeleine: If you say, ‘they’re harassing me’, she gets out her little book nearly. Erin: That’s good because someone is actually doing something about it. Most of the other teachers aren’t as interested and they just sort of mumble. Even in the trade workshops, things are changing. In the Automotive class in Year 10 there are three girls. Sarah: It’s good. ’ But they think nothing of it any more. Janine: It was a guys’ profession, a guys’ trade and a girl was doing it. Did they give you a hard time?

They also encourage the boys’ involvement in what have traditionally been girls’ sports. Indeed, according to Sally, now the boys ‘love playing netball, they love it’. Girls will organise a team, not only of their girlfriends but also with boyfriends and other boys in their form. She comments: And of course the boys are still learning and the standard of the girls’ netball is so high that the girls are going to be above their standard for quite some time. So they are not taking over… Also the boys have had to learn a whole new behaviour code… They find it difficult and frustrating because they can’t just pick it up right off… They really look up to the girls too.

Thalia, in Year 10, says: It’s good in this school because the pressures of being a girl and the pressures from boys of being girls has reduced in a lot of ways. Things like not having to wear skirts to school gives you more opportunities to be active, like choosing to do things you wouldn’t normally feel comfortable doing. The last few years some of my friends have gone to kick the football at lunchtime. It doesn’t happen all the time but it does happen. It’s just the confidence to do stuff. 8 ANSWERING BACK It is not, however, all easy going.

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