Nov. 18th, 2010

eregyrn: (-Saw-whet - hairy eyeball)
http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/portrait_of_an_adoption/2010/11/anti-bullying-starts-in-first-grade.html

Visit the above link. Despair just a little. First-grade girl loves Star Wars, picks out SW-themed back-to-school stuff. Starts getting teased about it by boys who claim that "Star Wars is a boy thing". In tears, girl begins to want to conform to avoid teasing. Her mother writes this thoughtful article -- and encourages fellow female Star Wars fans to post comments in support that Katie can read.

Dammit. Yes.

STAR WARS IS A BOY THING???? OH HELL NO.

I am not fucking going back in time to 1978 to tell myself and all my girlfriends on the playground that no, we shouldn't be playing Star Wars during every recess, fighting over who gets to be which character, including girls playing the boy characters and droids and aliens (I always got to be Han *buffs nails* but possibly only because my friend really liked Luke better). I am not fucking going back in time to stop myself from enacting lightsaber fights with my cousins on the beach with Wiffle-Ball bats. Fuck no.

I don't know how much it will help. I feel for the kid. I was "different" in school, I got teased, and I coped in whatever ways I coped. I don't remember actually trying to conform, although I do sort of remember getting the message to withdraw and hide who I was a bit more. (Not so much "maybe if I wear pink and be girly, I'll be accepted", and more "maybe if I lie low they won't have so much ammunition".) But to be honest I think I was just the kind of combative "well, fuck 'em" child who did my own thing, regardless. I can't tell this young kid to just... do that. I don't know what her situation is like. I don't know what schools are like today. (Maybe there were just more tomboy girls around in 1978, to judge by the number of my fellow playmates. But the boys were still often poopyheads.) In the end, she has to go to school with THEM and live with them, not with us. But maybe it will do her some good to hear about other girls who are into geeky things. Maybe she really doesn't have any others around her in her school.

p.s. it does require registration to leave a comment, unfortunately. But you can go to the following to leave comments without having to register:

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