The only real explanation for casual sexism in 2017 is a rip in the space-time continuum, right Doc?
Stephen Callaghan was not at all pleased when his 12-year-old daughter Ruby arrived home from Dubbo West Public School after what had been advertised as ‘Boys and Girls’ Day.’
On this day, girls were to be treated to “fabulous hair and light make-up” while boys would be “going to Bunnings, activities and a BBQ lunch.”
Essentially, students were allowed to choose either activity but when Ruby told her teacher of her desire to head to Bunnings with the boys she was told this wasn’t an option.
When Ruby told her father about this injustice – he penned one of the great parent letters of all time.
I wrote a letter pic.twitter.com/oFJp7egVnf
— Grumplestiltskin (@2FBS) December 6, 2017
“When Ruby left for school yesterday it was 2017, but when she returned home in the afternoon she was from 1968,” Mr Callaghan wrote.
“Are you able to search the school buildings for a rip in the space-time continuum? Perhaps there is a faulty flux capacitor hidden away in the girls toilet block?” Callaghan, clearly a big Back to the Future fan continued.
Love your letter. Many of us ladies do DIY at home. Hubby prefers to cook and fix our electronic devices. Back in the '70s I could only take home ec. The year after I graduated from HS both were open to everyone. Sadly, since then most Canadian schools have dropped both.
— MJBest (@mjbestx5) December 10, 2017
This Gender stuff raises some interesting points. Me being a 70yo male with skin cancers galore knew nothing about moisturising ones skin until a few weeks ago. If I had been to make-up classes I could have learnt early. Maybe time for swap in roles?
— Olfella (@Olfella) December 11, 2017
Perhaps more a job for the Department of Education than Doc and Marty, but he does have a point. What kind of school still subjects students to such arbitrary treatment along gender lines in 2017?
Not done yet, Stephen Callaghan posted one final summarising message on Twitter.
“Ruby and I would like to thank you for the great comments of support. At 12 years of age, my daughter is starting to notice there are plenty of people prepared to tell her what she can and can’t do based solely on the fact she is female. She would like this to change. So would I.”
Congratulations for speaking out on what is right Stephen – and don’t forget to catch the next rerun of the Back to the Future trilogy which, thankfully, is never too far away.