Monthly Archives: November 2009

Gender, Sports, and ummm Uniforms

I took my two daughters to a college basketball game yesterday. It was a pre-season game so we easily got seats right at court side. As goes with many things sisterly, I have one daughter who is enchanted by the basketball players, and one who envisions herself up there with the cheerleaders doing those lock step dances and gymnastics.

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On Superintendent Freeman and Horseplay

I was thinking again today about the tone taken by the Montgomery Co.  superintendent when a group of 7th grade athletes were caught attempting to rape 6th grade teammates. 

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Filed under Heterosexism, School Violence, Sexual Assault

Quote of the Day

“It started out as good natured fun but it got a little too rough,”

according to district Superintendent Dr. Freeman.

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Post-Thanksgiving Recommended Reading

Just read a few blogs on American Indian issues I thought you might find interesting.

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Freedom’s Plow by Langston Hughes

When a man starts out with nothing,
When a man starts out with his hands
Empty, but clean,
When a man starts to build a world,
He starts first with himself
And the faith that is in his heart-
The strength there,
The will there to build.
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South Park or the egg…

Earlier today I was talking to some school administrators about the ‘Kick a Ginger” day last week that was supposedly inspired by a South Park episode. We talked about how the public was engaging in that timeless debate as to whether the violent act was driven by the entertainment industry or whether the entertainers were merely representing the violence already present in society.  Is South Park the chicken or the egg when non-cartoon people begin kicking gingers?

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Dangerous Ideas continued…

This week in Alexandria Township, New Jersey a group of committed anti-Islamic parents are hoping to save a 6th grade class from a history lesson about Islam. In fact one of the thirty parents involved in this movement called for the textbook being used for the lesson to be banned.
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