Teacher Cord Ivanyi, a Latin instructor at Gilbert Classical Academy, was tired of seeing boys physically push aside girls as they rushed through the classroom door. So at the beginning of this school year, Ivanyi told his students the new classroom rules about chivalry: boys would hold doors for girls; boys would ask girls if they would like to be seated; boys would offer to take girls’ backpacks before they sit down; boys would stand if a girl leaves the room; and girls would be served first if food is in the classroom.
“All boys will understand chivalry,” Ivanyi told The Arizona Republic. “It’s teaching them social grace. It’s things they should know when they do go out on dates.” All the students, boys and girls, were reportedly awkward about the mandated chivalry at first. But Ivanyi, as well as girls quoted by various media outlets, say girls seem to be enjoying the chivalry and some chivalrous behavior is even extending beyond the classroom.
Mandated chivalry may be a well-intentioned idea. And it may well have taught some kids to be conscious of the basic concept of good manners, which is to be considerate of others’ well-being. But mandating chivalry in the classroom could not be a more misguided set of rules. Keep reading »
Did the heavily-tattooed Michelle McGee give tattooed women a bad name when the tale of her affair with Jesse James broke? Perhaps. It’s hard to find a site that hasn’t declared her a total sleaze. Granted, she slept with a married man, and her attitude seems pretty sour, but it was hard to ignore that some of the vitriol leveled at her had to do with all her tattoos. Unfortunately, although McGee denies it, a “W” and a “P” tattooed on the backs of her legs and various other stories suggest that she was involved in some way with or a fan of the White Power movement. Still, you can’t always judge a girl by her tattoos.
Frisky pal and tattoo blog Needles and Sins editrix Marisa Kakoulas, who we interviewed about her tattoos and other subjects, talked to the New York Post about the case of the inked mistress. While McGee may have given “in-your-face tattoos” a bad name temporarily, Kakoulas says, “it’s because of McGee that this type of discourse about the tattoo community is in the papers at all,” turning a negative into a positive. Read it! Keep reading »
Each year I try to combine my limited college basketball knowledge with my feminine mystique in an effort to create an awe-inspiring bracket for the men’s NCAA tournament. Now, as March Madness reaches its full fervor with the Final Four games this weekend, I have only chosen one of the four teams correctly. So much for my mystique. I’m sure a lot of other basketball-loving babes are having more luck than me. But what’s more important than the women watching the tournament are the ladies who are working it. The Frisky already took a look at the stats, scandal, and slogans for the cheerleaders of the Final Four, but what about the females who are on the court fighting for their own Final Four? The Women’s NCAA tournament gets a significantly smaller amount of attention than the simultaneous men’s competition, but this year the action and athletics of the women’s championship is finally getting a little more public appreciation, thanks to the insanely talented women on the University of Connecticut Huskies team. Read on to learn about the team and how they are already making history. Keep reading »
Iceland has passed a law to shut down all strip clubs, making it illegal for any business to profit from the nudity of its employees.
Well, duh. It’s cold up there.
Actually, no: politician Kolbrun Halldorsdottir, who first proposed the law, said on Wednesday, “It is not acceptable that women, or people in general, are a product to be sold.” Iceland began hammering that point home last year when it passed a law effectively banning prostitution by criminalizing the purchase of sex; the strip club law is simply the next step. Keep reading »
The debate over gender issues in children’s toys has been long-running. You know the “rules”: Dolls are meant for girls and trucks are for boys. Well, now an organization called Pinkstinks is putting up a fight against old stereotypes and targeting one store specifically–the U.K.-based retailer Sainsbury. You see, Sainsbury has been selling children’s dress-up outfits, including doctor’s coats, superhero capes, and soldier costumes labeled “boy” and nurse outfits labeled “girl.” Last time I checked this was 2010, not 1940, and my best girlfriend was in medical school. Thankfully, Pinkstinks got their message across, and Sainsbury has not only removed their gender-based costumes, but also plans to release a new line of clothing, sans boy or girl tags. A spokesman for the company said: “We made the change as we feel it isn’t acceptable to suggest that certain professions are the reserve of any gender.” What do you think? Justice served? [News Shopper] Keep reading »