Dad's hilarious letter to daughter's school questioning their casual sexism sparks debate on social media

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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. 



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: 

“Dear Principal,

“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.

“Yours respectfully,
Stephen Callaghan”



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."



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.

Stephen is unabashed with his opinions. Source: Twitter

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. 



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.



Amen to that.

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