posted on May, 5 2005 @ 11:19 AM
The University of California-San Francisco’s Center for Gender Equity is promoting anything but.
On April 28th, The University of California-SF had a "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" through the Center for Gender Equity. Some of the
activities the children got to participate in were to work with microscopes, slice up brains, play surgeon or dentist and visiti the intensive care
unit nursery. It sounds like a really exciting opportunity for the kids to learn about science and get a glimpse into the medical world. However, that
is only half of the story. Those opportunities were offered only to the pre-teen girls who came for the day. Any pre-teen boy who showed up at the
center got a vastly different experience.
The boys were "[taught] about violence prevention and how to be allies to the girls and women in their lives" using media, role playing and group
games. How is this gender equity? Because you were born with a penis, you are a violent woman hater who needs to be reeducated, while if you are a
girl, you're perfect already, come learn about science and have fun!
When asked about this, the center’s director, Amy Levine, said, "It's about dealing with effects of sexism on both boys and girls and how it can
damage them," she said. It’s about replicating "the same sexism that occurs in the classroom daily." The program isn't meant to give boys and
girls the same learning opportunities, and this is being done by a center whose very name suggests that their goal is gender equality.