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South Speaks: Is There Sexism at South?

“I believe that I’m very fortunate to attend GNS in that this school is one that does not refrain from discussion regarding subjects of sexism and racism. Explicit sexism is rare (at least among my social circles), and though I may not be the best source as a male, I believe that implicit sexism is also relatively sparse.
Regarding opportunities available to women/girls, I believe that female students at GNS are open to nearly the same resources as male students when it comes to academics. Regarding athletics, there are definitely discrepancies present, but I believe such discrepancies are more widespread and not limited to GNS alone. The same can be said about the male-to-female faculty ratio in the various departments, which I would describe to be a more systemic issue than a GNS issue. As a whole, I believe GNS stands out despite these issues as discussions of race and sex are generally more acceptable and productive than in many other districts.
Why do I feel the level of sexism is moderate? Nothing particularly groundbreaking is being done to remedy the presence of sexism. Both explicitly and implicitly, GNS is definitely skewed towards “little to no sexism” than “strong presence of sexism.” Perhaps we aren’t taking momentous strides to alter established conceptions, but at least surveys like this one are being conducted to inquire into these potentially sensitive topics.”

“Last year in science research my partner would never admit he was wrong on a disputed fact unless a man or boy affirmed that he was wrong. Even if my teacher (who is a woman) said he was wrong, he would need a male teacher or student to say so as well.”

“There is heavy sexism against males. This is not a joke. Women have been put up as an underdog in a sense and everyone tries to support them, but males have it hard. No one cares if a guy gets hurt or walks away or is made fun of, but if a girl gets hurt the one who committed the crime becomes equivalent to the incarnation of evil. I concede that at some point in time people undervalued women, but now they are on a higher pedestal than males. This is no longer a journey for equality for women. They seek superiority.”

“There are some teachers who are more likely to form connections and converse with male students, and I have heard that some teachers systematically give male students higher grades. South does a pretty good job combatting sexism, but of course some students and teachers still have prejudices.”

“If I took this survey a couple days ago, I would have said there is minimal sexism at our school; however, just this week I was sitting in the library computer lab and heard a group of sophomore guys engaging in horrifically misogynistic and utterly disrespectful “locker room banter,” as some might call it. They said some truly repulsive things, in addition to objectifying women (even singling out specific girls in their grade, debating whether or not they would ever “hit” that). I have never heard such disgusting words in my entire life.”

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