Gender Discrimination And The School System Essay

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Gender discrimination is one of those topics that get blood boiling, makes tempers soar, and sends men and women alike on rants. Gender discrimination in school can be an even touchier subject. Nonetheless, it is a subject that needs to be talked about and addressed. School counselors have a duty to address the gender discrimination – both deliberate and unintentional – that appears in the school system. This discrimination most obviously manifests through sexual harassment. However it can also appear unintentionally in school policies, such as dress codes, as well as in teaching styles and curriculum content. School counselors are in a unique position to be the ones to address this issue, through their work with students and faculty alike.
Types of Gender Discrimination in Schools
80 percent of school aged girls report experiencing some form of sexual harassment (Sadker D. , 1999). It is suggested that such a high rate is in part a reflection of the school culture (Terrance, Logan, & Peters, 2004). Sexual harassment is normalized through comments such as “boys will be boys” and “it means he likes you” (Dockterman, 2014). By dismissing these behaviours, schools are inadvertently telling the victims that the behaviours are acceptable. With the negative psychological and behavioural consequences for victims of sexual harassment (Terrance, Logan, & Peters, 2004), this is a dangerous message to send. The majority of sexual harassment in schools is done through non-physical…

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