Fightback's Fitzroy High School Chapter / Facebook
It's no surprise that high school culture, with its body shaming and stringent whore/prude dichotomies, is rife with casual misogyny. But thankfully, one Australian territory is taking is taking institutionalized sexism to task by introducing a mandated feminist curriculum in their high schools.
Starting November 26th, the territory of Victoria will be implementing a student-designed, gender discussion-based curriculum adapted from a "resource kit" originally created by a feminist collective called Fightback. Founded in 2013 as a lunchtime gathering by Melbourne teacher Briony O'Keeffe, Fightback has (obviously) since grown into a full-fledged activist organization. However, O'Keeffe knows that there's still work to be done, as she's currently touring the country to encourage other high schools to teach the curriculum.
"We're trying to get young men and women to think a bit more critically about the sorts of sexist behaviors they might either engage in or see on a daily basis," she told Vice Australia -- an incredible initiative that's also making it look like we're moving to Australia next year.