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Defining Masculinity as the Absence of Femininity: A Preschool Teacher’s Story

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Defining Masculinity as the Absence of Femininity: A Preschool Teacher’s Story

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  1. Alan Moore | May 4, 2016 at 10:47 PM
     

    I find this interesting as a male early years teacher. Last year at the end of term, the children chose to watch Frozen dvd – immediately most of my boys were reactive and saying “ugh Frozen, it’s rubbish! It’s for girls” etc. I countered this with an “No I love Frozen! Im gonna join in with the songs”…
    At this point, the divide happened. 3 of my 8 boys relinquished and joined in with Frozen mania! The other 5 remained quiet and afar observing all that went on. Of the 3 that joined in, they were probably my most confident boys keen to follow in my lead – keen to impress in any way. The others did not question anything any further and by the end of it, all of my boys had cracked a smile and joined in!
    But as you say this is with adult input/modelling – without it, it would have been a different story. We are always up against gender stereotypes, particular if they are rife in home life. A mine field of a topic!

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    • Lori Day | May 5, 2016 at 12:36 AM
       

      I love how you handled that. Brilliant!

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  2. Name (required) | May 4, 2016 at 11:22 PM
     

    As a male pre-school teacher (with a female co-teacher), I recognise this as a battle being fought around the world (I teach in China). I have a three year-old son who attends my school, and who also has male and female co-teachers! In my class there are 18 boys and 5 girls of 4-5 year-olds. There are daily conversations about what constitutes girl colours/boy colours, girl play and boy play, girl toys and boy toys. We can only continue to question/ challenge/ support/ discuss and reflect with the children.

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    • Lori Day | May 5, 2016 at 12:38 AM
       

      I’m loving that there are now two comments, both from male preschool teachers. And you’re both hitting it out of the park. 🙂

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      • Christie Angleton | May 5, 2016 at 12:51 AM
         

        I agree, Lori! How amazing to have the voices of men in the field. I am fortunate to have three assistants in my class, one of whom is a man. I always really appreciate his perspective and it’s great to have him there disrupting very narrow views of what it means to be a boy or a girl. It’s hard work, but it’s so important.

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