Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Something happened in class today
A seasonal horror story involving, tangentially, Santa Claus.
Someone I know went into class today and the students were asked to pair up and read out a dialogue between Santa Claus's sinister helper (the one who punishes little children) and a little child.
The (woman) teacher specifically asked that the men in the class read the sinister helper part, and the women read the child's part.
Yuk! EEEEeeech! *Red alert, red alert*
In my mind, this gives off a pretty problematic message - that, somehow, women are more apt for impersonating children, or worse, that women really are like children - they need protection, telling off, guidance... they certainly cannot fend for themselves!
And then, on the other hand, that men are somehow sinister? Strong? Punishing? An authoritative figure?
Do we really want to perpetuate such role models?