While we’re talking about women’s expression being subjected to the whim of men this week: inequality apparently applies to kids, too!
At Strong Rock Christian Academy in the suburbs of Atlanta, an 11-year-old girl has been kicked off the formerly co-ed school football team because boys on the team are having “impure thoughts” about her. Madison Baxter was the starting defensive end on the team, and a good one, too — but she’s not allowed to try out next year because the boys can’t play with a girl.
“I was told that the reasons behind it were one, that the boys were going to start lusting after her and have impure thoughts about her and that the locker-room talk was not appropriate for a female to hear, even though she had a separate locker room from the boys,” Blythe told Atlanta TV station WXIA. Stuart also reportedly told her men and women were “equal but different” and that he had been praying about the subject.
Blythe said she found the explanation “absolutely ridiculous.” The boys need to be able to handle their urges and thoughts, just as Madison should be able to handle her own, Blythe said.
The family has appealed the decision. For Madison, not being on the team means school will be less fun. “It’s like taking my dream and throwing it in the trash,” she said.
Excuse me for just a second so I can try to understand this. This Christian school recognizes a problem: boys can’t control their urges playing football around a girl. Rather than educating the boys about how to be decent, respectful human beings, their solution is to remove the girl from the scene.
Never mind that regular interactions with a girl could help these kids learn that women are people and not objects to gawk at. Never mind that it’s not this girl’s responsibility to present herself in a way that doesn’t tempt her peers, and suggesting she’s the problem reeks of rape culture and misogyny. Never mind that she’s 11 YEARS OLD.
Nope. Boys might think dirty thoughts about her, so she can’t play anymore. This is America in 2013, and I’m not proud.