Confessions from the Classroom
Appendix A: The Gender Rubric Level 1 Gender Destroyer Any person or rule that seriously harms some- one because of their gender expression. Examples: 1. A boy or man beaten up on the street because he looks feminine. 2. Some psychologists have written that it is not normal to be a boyish girl or a girlish boy. Level 2 Gender Police Any person or rule that tells someone that they cannot express their gender the way they wish. Examples: 1. Your friend tells you (a girl) not to join the hockey team because boys won’t like you. 2. The rule in a choir that says all boys must wear pants and all girls must wear dresses for performances. Level 3 Gender Bystander Any person or rule that makes no comment either to support or to harm someone because of their gender expression. Examples: 1. An adult tells a boy not to play with dolls, and other people hear this comment and say nothing. 2. School policies that do not include rights for all types of gender expression. Level 4 Gender Bender/Defender Any person or rule that supports people to express gender however they wish. This could also be the people themselves expressing gender how they wish. Examples: 1. A girl wears a suit and tie to the school dance and her friends and teachers support her. 2. The creation of washrooms that accept a person of any gender. 146 tomboys and other gender heroes Appendix B: Gendered Object or Activity...
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