TALKING POINTS

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

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How true is it that girls just “don’t like” hard maths?  |  Independent (1/5/22)

 

“Speaking to the government, headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh said it’s OK that only 16% of students taking physics A-level at her school were female. She said: ‘Physics isn’t something girls tend to fancy. There’s a lot of hard maths in there that they would rather not do.’ Yet last year girls outperformed boys at GCSE and A-level maths. Perpetuating misleading stereotypes, she added that boys are ‘systematic’ and girls are ‘empathetic’”

TALKING POINT What do you think of this attitude? How can it change? Read the piece >

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Heartstopper’s Kit Connor expertly shuts down speculation about his sexuality  – also see Heartstopper: 10 Ways It’s Like Sex Education and watch the trailer  |  Metro (3/5/22)

“The star of LGBT+ Netflix hit Heartstopper, Kit Connor, age 18, is expertly shutting down speculation about his sexuality. As one fan wrote on Twitter: ‘your sexuality is your own and no one else’s; it’s your right to choose when where and how you want to speak about it’. The show’s queer storytelling has inspired countless fans to come out to their families”


TALKING POINT What kind of impact can a show like this make? Read the article >

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NBA star Dwyane Wade gives fathers with trans children advice: “Our kids are going to be who they are” – includes 1-minute clip  |  Insider (4/5/22)

 

“Ex-basketball player Dwyane Wade said about his teen trans daughter Zaya: ‘The moment you first looked at your daughter and love filled your heart: don’t let that ever leave you – no matter what. As parents we find our mini-mes and try to make our kids just like us, but they’re going to be who they are. Sit back and see what it is they want to do’”

TALKING POINT Is it important for stars to publicly embrace their kids?  Read the article >

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Lili Reinhart Slams “Starving” Celebs at Met Gala After Kim Kardashian Admits to “Strict” Diet  |  E! Online (4/5/22)


“On Instagram actor Lili Reinhart criticised Kim Kardashian for talking about losing weight to fit into a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe: ‘Millions of young people look up to you and listen to your every word,’ she said. Previously she had talked about ‘toxic summer body trends’ and general obsessiveness over body image, saying it ‘messed with my own body acceptance. The media worships only one size of women. Let’s continue to talk about it’”

TALKING POINT How do you react to any body image pressures?  Read the article >

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Strong: Gay Children’s Book Teaches Kids To Believe In Themselves  |  IN Magazine (13/5/22)

“Gay author Eric Rosswood wants LGBT+ kids to believe in themselves. His picture book Strong tells the story of how strongman Rob Kearney learns with the help of his husband to embrace who he is without worrying about what others think. Co-authored with Kearney, the book – about finding strength and inner strength – is universally relatable

TALKING POINT Do you know of many books with LGBT+ characters? Read the article >

And finally: to discuss…

“Prince Harry recently paid tribute to his baby daughter Lilibet Diana when he wore a Girl Dad T-shirt in a promotional video for his new travel campaign, Travalyst.

According to the Urban Dictionary, a girl dad is a ‘father who wants his daughter(s) to have the same rights, opportunities, and privileges as any boy’.

The 37-year-old recently spoke about his beloved children on The Today Show: ‘What do I love about fatherhood? All of it. The

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chaos, the learning, the reminder of just every element of yourself, your soul, right? When you are not a parent you can get sucked into all sorts of different stuff and maybe sometimes forget who you are.

 

‘And suddenly as a parent, especially now, Archie is at the age he is at, asking all the questions.

‘I love it. I love every part of it. I’ve always wanted to be a dad’”

TALKING POINTS What do you think of the term “girl dad”? Do you often hear men talk about being a dad?