What do you think?

June 2, 2009 § 2 Comments

I recently got accepted into next year’s Gender Studies Round Table Leadership Program at my school. The group consists of 15 – 20 high school girls and five female teachers. It’s going to be an intensive three-day program focusing on leadership skills and gender issues relevant to us as a group. The three days aren’t strictly planned out, so today we had an hour-long meeting to discuss what issues were most important to to us.

Some of them were:

  • Women in positions of leadership
  • Sexuality (being a gay man vs. being a lesbian)
  • Sexual empowerment and how it’s definition changes for genders
  • The catty high school girl stereotype
  • Women in positions of leadership throughout history (specifically women of color)

I also would be really interested in discussing the “hook-up culture” that adults are so terrified of, domestic abuse, and how and why people are afraid of calling themselves feminists.

But what about you? Can you think of any more topics or issues that you feel would be beneficial for a group of high school girls to explore?

Oh, and one last thing: the last question our teachers posed to us at the end of the meeting was, “If this were a leadership program strictly for boys and not girls, what would be different about it?”

§ 2 Responses to What do you think?

  • Sorry, can’t resist this one: **how to position apostrophes correctly – it should be “how its definition changes”**

    Seriously, I think that realistic body-image is an important topic to cover (I don’t know if you include that in “sexual empowerment”?)

    If this were a leadership program strictly for boys and not girls, what would be different about it?

    On this question, I may have more to add (having actually been a boy, an’ all!). I think that on the topic of sexuality, boys need also to know how to say “no”, to resist the pressure from society and other boys to “want it” all the time, and the pressure to demand it from girls. in a way, that is the same issue as “sexual empowerment”.

    I think discussions of masculinity that look at more pacific role models (Gandhi, MLK, etc) is needed, to encourage viewing masculinity without the confrontation and pressure on each other that is endemic at the moment.

    If I spent longer, I could come up with more ideas.

  • Lyndsay says:

    Yes, body image and the media.

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