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    Boys made to stand up and apologise on behalf of their gender at Victorian high school

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/pa...e9072d4126dec9

    At some point before this assembly where boys were forced by people with power and authority over them to apologise for crimes they did not commit, the school principal must have sat down and devised this. "What better way to teach consent", she must have thought, "than to single out a sex and coerce them with adult authority to publically confess the stain of original sin on their soul."

    If this had been in television show, I'd've called it over the top.

    A mother at a Victorian school has opened up about her disgust after male students as young as 12 were directed to “stand up and apologise” to their female peers.

    It comes as sexual harassment in Australian schools is widely discussed, with the state government making sexual consent classes mandatory across Victorian schools as of next month.

    Parent at Brauer College in Warrnambool, Danielle Shepherd, told NCA NewsWire her son had been left “confused and upset” by the incident at an all-school assembly on Wednesday.

    “They watched a video to do with sexual consent and at the end of it they were made to stand up and apologise to the opposite gender on behalf of their own gender,” she said.
    “He wasn’t sure why, he just knows that he was told to get up and apologise for things he hadn’t done.
    “He’s upset by it – he now has this misconception that everybody looks at him and males as predators or somebody wishing to do harm to someone in a sexualised manner – seriously, he’s 12.”

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    “At the assembly we spoke about the difficult topic of derogatory and sexualised language and violence against women. the assembly also covered the idea of bystander action and how students have the power to play a role in stopping inappropriate behaviour,” principal Jane Boyle wrote.
    As part of these discussions, the school’s boys were asked to stand, as a symbolic gesture, apologise for the behaviours of their gender that have hurt or offended girls and women.

    “I’d like to assure you that this was conceived with the best of intentions. However, in retrospect we recognise that this was inappropriate.”

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    The principal has defended it as "well-intentioned", but I don't see how it could be.

    Teaching boys to be good citizens and decent human beings is well-intentioned. Shaming boys for being male is not.

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    It is a fact.

    No man has ever been harmed or abused by a woman.

    They have nothing to apologize for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by untermensche View Post
    It is a fact.

    No man has ever been harmed or abused by a woman.

    They have nothing to apologize for.
    What is the "it" in "it is a fact"? Is your second sentence satire? Who is the 'they' in your third?

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    The first sentence announces the second.

    I will let people decide for themselves if the second sentence is true.

    And 'they' refers to those not standing and apologizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by untermensche View Post
    The first sentence announces the second.

    I will let people decide for themselves if the second sentence is true.

    And 'they' refers to those not standing and apologizing.
    Okay. I think the above warrants a 'let's leave it at that'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfield View Post
    The principal has defended it as "well-intentioned", but I don't see how it could be.

    Teaching boys to be good citizens and decent human beings is well-intentioned. Shaming boys for being male is not.
    Do you not read?

    “I’d like to assure you that this was conceived with the best of intentions. However, in retrospect, we recognize that this was inappropriate.” The fucking Principal

    In my opinion, this was an attempt to put a person in another person's shoes executed poorly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfield View Post
    The principal has defended it as "well-intentioned", but I don't see how it could be.

    Teaching boys to be good citizens and decent human beings is well-intentioned. Shaming boys for being male is not.
    Thoughtless people can be well-intentioned. That doesn't excuse the mistake.

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    Boy oh boy. I sure hope this was a spur of the moment decision by one person and not something planned, thought through, and staff opinions solicited.

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    I'm trying to imagine the response if a principal came up with a plan to put all the Muslim kids publicly apologizing for all the problems caused by Islamic people.

    Wheeee...

    Tom

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