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26 March 2014 @ 05:47 pm
Gender enforcement  
Sunnie Kahle is a little girl. She is OK with that, but she doesn't act girly enough, so her Christian school kicked her out.

Thanx to Feministing
nancylebov: green leavesnancylebov on March 26th, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed that the grandmother can't conceive of asking her granddaughter to dress more conventionally.
chasing the soul: smilinghappynovapsyche on March 26th, 2014 11:22 pm (UTC)
Still pissed about this story. I meant to post it earlier this morning, but didn't have the requisite amount of time.

I get looks with regard to my hairstyle, and I'm an adult. I can only imagine what cauldron of emotion would have hit me had I done what this child has done in honor of her friend. The incident probably would have fostered an ill-regard for folks in authority.
John M. Burtjohn_m_burthotm on March 27th, 2014 06:58 am (UTC)
This country seems to be going backwards when it comes to gender roles, making everything more rigid when progress is finally happening in other areas.
Andrew Duckerandrewducker on March 27th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
This is the thrashing death throes of a beast that has realised that it's days are numbered.
msrat1900 on March 28th, 2014 12:29 am (UTC)
No, I think it really is getting worse. When my oldest kids (the ones now in their 50's) were little, my boys were mistaken for girls, and my girls for boys because, well, because they all dressed alike. They wore jeans and striped tee shirts, and had shoulder length hair. But when people found out which were boys and which were girls, I don't remember anyone making a fuss about them looking like the "wrong" gender. And toys and kids' furniture were not heavily gender-marked either. They weren't for instance pink to mean "this is for girls".

That began to appear during the childhood of my next younger kids (the ones in their 30's and 40's now). And it has just gotten worse since.
John M. Burtjohn_m_burthotm on March 28th, 2014 01:58 am (UTC)
chasing the soul: flowerfronovapsyche on March 28th, 2014 03:26 am (UTC)
Toys aren't coded pink to indicate that they are for girls. They are, rather, to say, "These aren't for boys." Girls' toys, like the feminine gender itself, simply do not carry as much social cred.

The gender coding for children starts so early. It's insidious in its pervasiveness.
nancylebov: green leavesnancylebov on March 30th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
I assume the situation is complex, but I used to be able to buy a t-shirt. Now I have to buy a men's t-shirt or a women's t-shirt.
Maia Cmaiac on March 27th, 2014 10:42 am (UTC)
In my copy of the Bible, when Jesus says, "Suffer the little children to come unto me," he doesn't go on to say, "But only if they look the way their teachers say they should."

et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on March 27th, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
“The most dangerous thing in the world is a crowd of cowards.”
— me
Anderyn Gabrielanderyn on March 27th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
Sheesh. They'd have had a fit with my daughter then (when she was little, she had her hair cropped because it was so curly and tangly and we couldn't afford to buy the really girly clothes, so she wore what we could afford, which was usually boy's clothes... so people did ask us whether she was a boy or a girl, but come on!) and I would have told them to suck pond rocks. Because, you know, not everyone has to dress all femme and girly.