My name is Lela and my friend is Jess. For the last few weeks, because we voice our opinions and defend comments when someone says something racist or sexist, we have been harrassed considerably. Boys will put "Men Rule" on their arms and show it off, even to teachers, and are never told to wash it off. (December 17, 2003) They make comments about us and what we believe in behind our backs and to our face. They shout out in class "Women are stupid" (December 16, 2003).
A few years ago a history teacher put "women make better slaves" and is constantly saying degrading things but nothing is ever done. In fact, when we heard boys say things like "i wanna fuck her" or "she's a 10" or she "belongs in the kitchen" in class and nothing is ever said to these people except the occassional ie "Kris" or whatever their name happens to be but it does not stop them. Today we were subject to the "Men Rule" on the arms and purposely showing of it to teachers who didn't even say to wash it off and to us and our principal and nothing was said.
Actions like this continue to happen and nothing is being done. We've told teachers and even recently went to our principal who has just told us to ignore it, etc. We don't believe we should sit there and take this kind of harrassment not only to ourselves but to other females. We go to a school of around 130 people in a "hick" town area.
We want to know what we can do because this is continuing to happen and nothing at all is being done. We both want to be in a situation where we can learn not be subject to gender harrassment. It is definelty has a negative influence on us and we can't ignore it. We would appreciate any help you could give us.
Lela and Jess