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Is sexism rife in schools?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Established commenter

    It has everything to do with expectations! If everyone around you bottle feeds, you're more likely to bottle feed. Ditto breast feeding. In any case for pumping you need more than just the pump: you need the bottles, the sterilising kit, the storage space both at work and at home.

    Choice is a red herring. People can be and are pressured into making particular choices, and people's choices are influenced by the information they have available. Not everyone will conform to societal expectations, for sure, but the change in choices when those expectations change does suggest that they are hugely influential.
  2. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    You need all those things if you bottlefeed. People bottlefeed mainly because they find breastfeeding tying, difficult to establish, requiring perseverance and a willingness to put up with frequent feeding for a long time. There's a class difference. If all your mates breastfeed, you may well feel you have to persevere just to keep up. If all your friends bottlefeed, there's less judgement on you to pack it in.
    Obviously you have a bit of a bee in your bonnet about this, but what, I ask, is wrong with a societal expectation? We live in a society, we are social animals. We conform to societal norms. We make choices based on them. They don't change overnight because someone went on a seminar.
  3. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Established commenter

    Sexist societal expectations combine to mean that, on average, women are paid less and their work is valued less, and both men and women are deterred from careers they may find enjoyable and fulfilling. Meanwhile men are discouraged from taking an active role in raising their children, and are more likely to find themselves living on the streets and to commit suicide.
    Flere-Imsaho likes this.
  4. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    Dear me. Someone calls me sweetheart and a homeless man commits suicide. Get a grip.

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