Remember high school? Remember the body shaming? The slut shaming? Remember the mean girl antics and halls rife with casual misogyny? Yes, yes and hells yaaaaas! Unfortunately schools can be a breeding ground for sexist ideologies but thankfully one Australian state is doing its best to stamp it out by introducing a mandated feminist curriculum in their high schools.
It began in 2013 when students at Fitzroy High School in Melbourne formed a small feminist collective called Fightback with their teacher Briony O'Keeffe. Since launching on social media the group has grown into a fully-fledged activist organisation, garnering thousands of fans on Facebook and gaining support for a Kickstarter-funded feminist curriculum.
Now on November 26th the Australian state of Victoria will be implementing a gender discussion-based curriculum adapted from the "resource kit" originally created by Fightback. The 30-lesson course aims to educate students on "gender equality's ties to domestic violence, media representations of gender, statistical breakdowns around the pay gap, and female visibility in sport".
The curriculum is aimed at female and male students and according to Vice, Briony O'Keeffe assures she's "trying to get young men and women to think a bit more critically about the sorts of sexist behaviours they might either engage in or see on a daily basis."
Yay! More of this please.
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