Dad's hilarious letter to daughter's school questioning their casual sexism sparks debate on social media
A dad from New South Wales, Australia, went all out to express his solidarity with his daughter by giving a good lesson to her school about sexism, albeit hilariously.
Anyhoo... Hi Adam Murch.... You cockwombling weasel. Expect to here from my solicitor very soon. #RubysFluxCapacitor BTW Adam, ALL your contact information is in the public domain online. pic.twitter.com/cr9ZGLPX7S— Grumplestiltskin (@2FBS) 11 December 2017
Father-of-three Stephen Callaghan from Blue Haven, New South Wales, wrote a letter to his daughter Ruby's school after she told him about the gender-specific activities that were planned as a part of her year-six graduation. The school in question had arranged for hair and makeup activity in the school library, and the boys were scheduled to be sent on a trip to Bunnings, a hardware-store chain.
Here's what the letter read:
“I must draw your attention to a serious incident which occurred yesterday at your school where my daughter is a Year-VI student. When Ruby left for school yesterday it was 2017, but when she returned home in the afternoon she was from 1968.
“I know this to be the case as Ruby informed me that the “girls” in Year 6 would be attending the school library to get their hair and make-up done on Monday afternoon while the “boys” are going to Bunnings.
“Are you able to search the school buildings for a rip in the space-time continuum? Perhaps there is a faulty Flux Capacitor hidden away in the girls’ toilet block.
“I look forward to this being rectified and my daughter and other girls at the school being returned to this millennium where school activities are not sharply divided along gender lines.
My daughter's end of year activities for Year 6.— Grumplestiltskin (@2FBS) 6 December 2017
Girls - hair and make-up in the school library
Boys - DIY workshop at Bunnings.
Will things ever change?
My daughter wants to be an engineer. She doesn't give a rat's arse about make-up.
Although Ruby’s school did not respond to the letter, its Twitter post got a ton load of comments. While most people agreed that what the school wasn't doing something right. Others were quick to respond that it was okay to let girls do ''all things girly'' and boys do "man things."
Ruby and I would like to thank you for the great comments of support. At 12 years of age my daughter is starting to notice there are plenty of people prepared to tell her what she can & can't do based solely on the fact she is female.— Grumplestiltskin (@2FBS) 7 December 2017
She would like this to change.
So would I.
However, in Callaghan's opinion, the very fact that gender appropriation exists at a time like today, is absurd. He asserted that everyone should be allowed to choose what they want to do regardless of their sex.
The school did not reply to the letter, but it did issue a statement which stated that students were in fact, given a choice to go on a field trip or stay back and have their faces done in the library. Seems like Ruby did not get it in the end, as she felt she wasn't given a choice.
I wrote a letter pic.twitter.com/oFJp7egVnf— Grumplestiltskin (@2FBS) 6 December 2017
Via a Twitter post, Callaghan stated that he wasn't expecting the letter to get the attention it got, but he was happy to note that it successfully managed to raise awareness about casual sexism. He hopes that it helps in preventing other similar incidents from happening at other schools.
I have a history (much to my daughter's chagrin) of writing stupid letters to their schools pic.twitter.com/HbxHaTHBQv— Grumplestiltskin (@2FBS) 9 December 2017
Amen to that.
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