On January 27th, the girls at Ariel Community Academy had an opportunity to talk about what it means to them to be a girl. TrueChild, which Project Exploration often works with, is an organization that focuses on the presence of gender norms in society and how these roles can affect young girls. The girls got the opportunity to talk about what they thought a gender role was. With one side of the board for boys and one side of the board for girls, the girls of Ariel went up to the board and wrote down various words and ideas that came to mind when they heard the word “girl” or “boy”. The girls had some really great thoughts, and the discussion got them thinking about how societal norms shape their everyday life. One of the new girls, Britney, mentioned that she thought the media often told girls to be submissive and underachieving, whereas boys are persuaded to be powerful and successful. Furthermore, Kiara said that boys are allowed to play sports and be rough but girls are expected to be pretty and delicate. I don’t think any of the girls are okay with that sentiment! Finally, the girls talked about how the science field is mostly dominated by males, and that’s probably because of stereotypes that say that boys are smarter than girls. Well, all I can say is I have a pretty smart group of girls on my hands :).
The physical activity of the day was Zip Zap Zop. All the girls all ready knew the game and so they were much better at it than I am. They even told me that I played with the wrong rules! I learn something new from them everyday.