I was very, very lucky at school, because I had teachers who encouraged anyone who was interested. Everyone deserves teachers like that, regardless of their gender.
Dear Mr Delingpole,
I’ve just come across your nauseatingly clueless piece, Why it’s not sexist to say that boys should never play with dolls, and was so impressed by your complete and utter failure to understand the issues you’re discussing, not to say your sexism, that I felt the need to respond to it in full. Not so much because I think you’ll listen to a word I have to say, but because it’s necessary; and because, quite frankly, I think my head might explode if I don’t. So, without further ado: here is why you are wrong. (All bolding for emphasis is mine.)
Not so long ago the “progressive” headmistress of a very smart all-girls’ boarding school invited me to dinner with some of her brightest sixth formers.
One by one the girls were asked to tell me of their impressive future plans: “Engineering, Cambridge; physics, Oxford; maths…
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