A Timaru girl says she was forced to wash off her blue face paint as it was supporting a male cause – and her school, being a girls’ school, could only support female causes.
However her principal has told the Timaru Herald the school has “no policy around any gender-related fundraisers”.
Kristie Bennet, 15, turned up to Timaru Girls’ High School yesterday with half her face painted blue to support Blue Friday, a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer.
She said she wanted to take part as her grandfather died from the disease last year.
She hoped her fellow students would spread the cancer message to the men in their lives.
One lecture in the feminist apartheid program. You can imagine the public outrage with sexes reversed? We’d read it in the New York Times, The Washington Post and all over the world. The school principal would be forced to resign by the sheer flood of angry protest from all directions. The minister of education would announce a hearing in front of a discipline committee and call the matter of the allegations apalling and sexist and intolerable. Denying young men to demonstrate their compassion for the suffering of women would be a deeply wrong signal for the students and society.
And from the principal:
‘Girls’ High girls’ are expected to demonstrate kindness and respect to others at all times. We have a proud tradition of 129 years as a provider of education in New Zealand. We know every girl will maintain and foster our beliefs and values for the rest of their lives.
Kindness and respect to others of the same sex, that is. And let us hope the silly statement: We know every girl will … proves as wrong as it is silly in as many cases as possible. At least from this misandric affair on.