The land down under: where women glow and men plunder? NO MORE! According to the BBC, a new "respectful relationship" curriculum will become mandatory in all Victoria schools next year, and will examine issues of "social inequality, gender-based violence, and male privilege."
So what does that look like?
In elementary school, the program works to subvert traditional gender roles, introducing students to imagery of boys and girls sharing equally in household chores and participating in a variety of jobs and leisure activities with traditionally gendered connotations. Statements from the material include "girls can play football, can be doctors, and can be strong,"and "boys can cry when they are hurt, can be gentle, can be nurses and can mind babies." We're off to a great start!
Beginning in middle school, the children will commence the lifelong process of becoming woke to the systemic imbalances that exist in the world around them, beginning with an introduction to the concept of privilege. The course defines privilege as "automatic, unearned benefits bestowed upon dominant groups based on gender, sexuality, race, or socio-economic class." Here's what they teach their students about male privilege, if you were looking for a new away message:
"Being born a male, you have advantages - such as being overly represented in the public sphere - and this will be true whether you personally approve or think you are entitled to this privilege."
They will also learn about the varieties of sexuality and gender expression – 'Pansexual,' 'cisgender', and 'transsexual' will be on the vocab quiz, y'all.
In high school, they go one step deeper, learning about the concept of "hegemonic masculinity" that "requires boys and men to be heterosexual, tough, athletic, and emotionless, and encourages the control and dominance of men over women."