Confessions from the Classroom
1. “Because of the Stuff I Love”: An Introduction to Gender, Place, and Teaching
· 1 · “because of the stuff i love” An Introduction to Gender, Place, and Teaching “A boy that went to horse-riding was made fun of and stop riding because of it and still hasn’t come back” (Grade 5). It is scribbled on a 3” × 3” sticky note that was part of a teaching exercise I was presenting.1 The anonymous author of the note was among a group of grade 5 students from a small town in Southern Ontario. I asked the students to document anything they’ve heard or seen in their communities regarding gender. I asked them if rules about gender exist and what happens when people are perceived to break them. 2 tomboys and other gender heroes I read the sticky note aloud, and the students nodded and asserted that yes, only girls get to ride horses. I was astonished by the horse exclusivity. I don’t know much about country life. I’ve only been on a horse once on a beach in Ensenada; he ignored me and ran with the pack. Even so, and despite my ter- ror as I clutched the saddle, I was feeling tough. I grew up on Bonanza. I imag- ined myself as Little Joe Cartwright, the boyish cowboy, still learning how to become a man. I have been a lifelong tomboy, embracing masculine role mod- els (both male and female) to help me enjoy and make decisions about my life. I thought riding a horse was one of the butchest things anyone could do. But...
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