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Thursday August 17, 2017

Schoolboys given lesson on becoming ‘good men’

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Inquiry demand submitted Over 2500 people have signed a short-term open letter, which was presented today to Members of Parliament. Written by a group of survivors of domestic violence, the letter is a grassroots initiative devised to support the existing demand for an inquiry by Backbone Collective. Community In Action’s Ninakaye Taanetinorau said videos exposing forceful police uplifts of children in media last week were a shocking, much-needed insight for society. “We urgently need an effective, supportive, and consistent integrated Family Court response system … only a full inquiry can lead us towards that.”

We’re OPEN throughout the Terawhiti sports field reconstruction US gender equality expert Michael Kimmel with some of the senior Scots College students who listened to his presentation last Wednesday: Boston Bright, 14, Joshua Calcinai, 15, Manraj Singh Rahi, 17, Harish Yadav, 19, Braden Fowell, 15. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

“We need to make gender visible.” That was the message given to senior students at Scots College when US gender equality expert Michael Kimmel gave a speech there last Wednesday. The Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at New York’s Stony Brook University told the school that the ongoing debate on gender inequality was, like with racial inequality, showed a lack of awareness of oneself by those not fighting for it. “We don’t know that our gender is as important to us as it is to girls.” He explained how white women who fight for gender equality in the US could forget that black women were in fact even worse off.

“Privilege is invisible to those who have it.” He suggested there were two images of what a boys’ school was. One was that of Dead Poets’ Society, the other that of Lord OfThe Flies. “We have different ideas of masculinity in our heads. We believe we need to be a ‘real man’ – be strong, don’t show emotion, aim to get laid – instead of a ‘good man’. A “good man” differed from a “real man” by how must much trust he could put in those he wasn’t familiar with, especially women; it was rare for young men to have good friends of the opposite sex, he said. “Where did you learn to be a real man? From other men judging us. “You are constantly being policed by other guys.” The solution, he said, was creating

an environment where boys could confide in each other without fear of judgement. “The possibility of a boys’ school is the possibility of building resilience.” Michael’s speech followed a similar presentation given to parents and students, some from other schools, the night before. It was part of the school’s PERFORM Programme, which focused on encouraging students to realise their potential by maintaining and improving their wellbeing. Headmaster Graeme Yule was full of praise for Michael’s visit. “Hosting guest speakers such as Dr Michael Kimmel and in 2016 Dr Sven Hansen are a valued part of the college’s pastoral and holistic vision,” he said.

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