If I were in the United States and my 5 year old daughter came home with a Bratz sticker/coloring book from the teacher (or so she claims), I would have a lot to say about inappropriate messages and bare midriffs* and aspiring to be rock stars and cheerleaders and shouldn’t we be teaching girls to want to be research scientists and bankers and pilots? From what I could tell, the boys got Winnie the Pooh sticker books; why this was not appropriate for both genders, I’m not sure.
But because this morning I accidentally used the masculine pronoun for my daughter and the feminine pronoun for my son while speaking about them, I am going to keep my trap shut. Whom would I even say anything to anyway? If in fact the money for these things (about 75 cents each x 33 kids) was laid out by the teacher, I’m appalled both ways, because Israeli teachers’ pay is atrociously low, and who am I to say no to such a little trifle?
Perhaps I should be thankful my little daughter is terribly oblivious about certain things and for now we can concentrate on crossing the street safely and how to behave when a friend is over rather than talk about Bratz and their evil empire.
* This is a RELIGIOUS public school, although at this age the only dress code no-no is sleeveless tops/dresses. (No belly shirts is kind of a given.)