I graduated from University in July and something that has stuck with me since then apart from wanting to go back and do it all over again, has been a quote from Adrian Holliday (Doing and Writing Qualitative Research, 2002) on how the culture of the school reflects the culture of the outside world. Going back to my first post a few days ago, I have thought about what people would say or think if a man walked into a room and greeted everyone “Hi boys”, even if there was one or two women present. In a way it feels weird that our society has seemed to accept that men do not work in Primary schools and I personally have not seen any incentives to alter this belief. How could we change the way that education is seen to increase the percentage of men in Primary education?
This idea links back to something that has bugged me a little since March 2013; the release of Robin Thicke’s song ‘Blurred Lines‘… There was uproar from some feminists at my University and they called for it to be banned from being played on campus due to it glamourising ‘rape culture’, a notion which was later voted upon and denied. I agree the video could be seen as derogatory to women but the girls were paid and agreed to take part, so what is the issue? Later on in 2013 Beyonce released a song ‘Drunk In Love‘, which I unashamedly do enjoy (a real belter for the shower), and she was praised for being a feminist/independent women after releasing this song etc. But I cannot help thinking when I listen to it that if Robin Thicke or another male pop star sang this song then they would be shot down by feminists/society/the media/the Pope/Barrack Obama (the list goes on). I acknowledge that it probably seems normal to refer to the other TA’s as a collective as “the girls” due to the low number of male TA’s in schools, but I think there would be uproar in a situation involving a large group of males and only one female if this happened.
Gender inequality is something that society struggles with and probably will always be an issue, and I do know there are many organisations where white, middle class men are the directors/managers etc and women are ostricised, but I work in education, which some would say is where a child’s values can be partially developed?