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There’s nothing like a bit of controversy and current events to kickstart constructive conversation. Seize the day and get talking with your kids about these recent news stories…

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Aussie Workshop Sees Boys Paint Each Other’s Nails To Learn About Toxic Masculinity  |  LADbible (9/7/21)

“In an Australian mental-health workshop, young men paint their nails and leave on the polish for 2 weeks. They’re urged to open up and counteract a ‘strong, silent stereotype’. One lad, with rough hands from working on a farm, cried when talking about his dad”

TALKING POINT Would you find it “poetically beautiful” to be there? Read the article >

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Student calls for law forcing advertisers to declare when their images of people are digitally enhanced  – includes link to sign Lara’s petition  Wales Online (8/7/21)

“Lara Philippart, 24, started a petition to force advertisers to state if their images have been edited, filtered or altered. Previously a runner, she feels this can help young people, especially as 1 in 3 UK teenagers feel ashamed of their body” Sign her petition!

TALKING POINT How does social media affect your mental health?  Read the article >

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This Video of a Grandma Accepting Her Trans Granddaughter Is Perfect  |  Out (14/7/21)

An 87-year-old grandmother in India joined her transgender granddaughter in making an Instagram video that has hundreds of thousands of views. The grandmother said: ‘I was worried about Kali’s future. How would society treat her? What would our relatives say? But then I felt better and I gave her my jewellery to let her know I love her. I just want her to be happy. If I can be 87 and accepting, I’m sure so can you!’” Watch the video


TALKING POINT How do you feel watching the video?  Read the article >

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Girls win right to wear trousers to school after celebrities and MPs support petition  |  Independent (8/7/21)


“Girls at a single-sex Merseyside school can wear trousers after a student petition was signed by thousands of people, including MPs and sportspeople Gary Lineker and Chris Boardman. Writer Caitlin Moran said: ‘It’s mad to even debate this. More power to your elbow, girls – and now that elbow is clad in WHATEVER YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE IN”

TALKING POINT As Caitlin says, why is this up for debate in 2021? Read the article >

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Sexism, safety concerns and a chronic lack of opportunity – why millions of girls are giving up on sport  |  The Sun (18/7/21)

“Kate Dale of Sport England says: ‘Girls can be pressured to give up sport because they are self-conscious or ashamed about having periods.’ A report found that 1 in 3 girls drop out during puberty, 55% of 12- to 16-year-old girls are not active at all and a third of girls believe that – unlike boys – they are not skilful enough to keep playing sport”

TALKING POINT Has this happened to your friends or to you?  Read the article >

And finally: to discuss…

“Actor Megan Fox on her son Noah, when he was 6 years old: ‘He likes to wear dresses sometimes. And I send him to a really liberal, hippy school, but even there – here in California – he still has little boys going: “Boys don’t wear dresses” or “Boys don’t wear pink.”

 

‘I'm trying to teach him to be confident no matter what anyone else says. Two days ago he came home from school and was like: “All the boys laughed when I came in, but I don’t care, I love dresses too much.”’

Noah's father once explained: ‘My son, he’s 4. I've heard from some people that they don’t agree with him wearing dresses. To them I say, I don’t care. He’s 4 and if he wants to wear it, then he wears it.

‘And it’s dresses or goggles or slippers or whatever. It’s his life, they’re not my clothes. I feel like at 4, at 5, that’s a time when he should be having fun. He’s not harming anyone wearing a dress. So if he wants to wear a dress, good on him’”

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