Yesterday, a 10 year old girl started a fucking brilliant blog about Sexism in Schools which went viral.
It went viral because it’s fucking brilliant. Hell, even the Huff Post picked up on it!
When I went to sleep last night, my timeline was full of people talking about an articulate fabulous feminist this 10 year old girl is and this morning I see people claiming it can’t be real because:
- children don’t “write” like that as if all 10 year olds are identikits of one another
- no 10 year old would be “aware” of the issue of body-shaming (unlike every 7 year old in peer-reviewed studies who call themselves fat)
- 10 year old girls aren’t that smart
And, this is really what this issue is about: jealousy and misogyny. People are refusing to believe it’s real because this is clearly a smart kid and it might make their kids look less smart in comparison. Which reflects on insecurities in those people saying it who need to grow up before they fuck up their own children.
But, worse, this is about misogyny. This is the constant dismissal of women’s work as “fake” because no woman could write like that. It’s part of the same erasure of women’s work which perpetuates cultural femicide. Women just aren’t considered smart enough to do “real work”.
Teenage girls have it even worse: we assume they are all brain-dead, orange-tanned, blond dumbasses who are too stupid to have a thought in their pretty little heads. They are deemed incapable of doing anything that doesn’t involve beauty rituals or being objects for adult men to lust over.
We need to stop selling our teenage girls short; stop believing the lies about them. We need to believe they can be whatever they want to be: activist, artist, athlete … before they can believe it themselves. It doesn’t matter how many options we give them on careers day if they’ve grown up believing that they just aren’t capable of doing anything. We raise them in a society which punishes them for being born female, doubly so for the crime of not being white, and then we wonder why they do everything they possibly can to fit in. We punish them for fitting into the narrow roles we’ve prescribed for them and we punish them for stepping out of these roles.
We need to stop selling them short and trust that they are coping the best way they can in a society which hates women.
We to start believing they are the fabulous, brilliant, and interesting people and SHOW them that we believe it.
Sexism in Schools is clearly written by a pretty brilliant child. Let’s build up her confidence instead of trashing it.