It’s probably never occurred to most parents that there may be gender discrimination inherent in the traditional Father-Daughter dance or Mother-Son sporting event, but in one Rhode Island school district, these gender-specific events have been banned with the help of the ACLU.
As sweet as a Daddy-Daughter dance is, one need only imagine the little girl who, for whatever reason, does not have a father in her life. Maybe she’s being raised by a single mother because of a parental separation or death. Or maybe her father is serving overseas in the military. Perhaps she’s being raised in a two-mom family. Regardless, she is left out. The same, of course, is true for a son who wouldn’t be able to attend a mother-son event like a baseball game for any of the reasons listed above.
Even beyond the parental gender issues, there is the problem that boys wouldn’t be allowed to attend the father-daughter dance, and girls couldn’t go to the sporting event.
Newser explains the ACLU’s stance:
The ACLU hailed the change, which was instituted months ago, reports the Providence Journal. “Public schools have no business fostering the notion that girls prefer to go to formal dances while boys prefer baseball games,” said a prickly statement. “The time has long since passed for public school resources to encourage stereotyping from the days of Ozzie and Harriet. Not every girl today is interested in growing up to be Cinderella, not even in Cranston.”
What do you think of the ban? Is it all in the name of fairness and inclusion, or an overreaction to an obsessively politically-correct culture? Will something be lost if we ban gendered parent-child events?
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