Having heard that I am the world’s foremost authority on genius 10-year-old girls attending high school, Blamer S recounts her disheartening tale:
I’m sending this in your direction, not so much because I expect you to break off photographing wonders of Austin wildlife to read my issues, but because even being in the cybervicinity of a brain that understands will help keep me from driving into Luby’s cafe- with high school boys attached to the bumper.
I have a daughter. That alone is enough to make the world of patriarchal peril keep me up at night.
Last year, as a nine year old, N started attending the local high school and found the honors classes to be a good fit. The child who never found a place to fit in started singing over her chemistry equations. I, having been to high school, nodded happily and sent her to karate class where she learned how a tiger’s claw to the groin can be a useful move.
Something happened this year, now that she’s 10. You caught that, right? 10? Because it seems that every creep in the school has decided that 10 year old girls are just their thing.
She was asked to prom. She was stalked in the library until the librarian set up a sign-in system to nab the cretin. She was asked out to the school dance, and had little balls of crumpled paper thrown at her until she opened one up and saw it was covered with hearts.
Guess what the counselors’ responses were. “But she’s sooo cute!” “She’s adorable.” “Wow! She’s a heartbreaker.”
No. She’s 10. She likes cats, dogs, and ponies. She does not like sausage talk, date talk, or rape videos posing as music videos. She has a prepubescent body and a heart to match. And she’s sure as hell not responsible for male reactions no matter how fucking “cute” she is. 10. Jailbait.
Yesterday one boy cornered her and spewed vile stuff during a day long classroom and field trip. While the teacher removed him from the classroom three times he did not stop the next time he came back in. We’re talking gross, sexual stuff, nonstop. He has Aspergers and didn’t pick up on the subtle cues like, “Get out of here until you control that mouth.” Oddly enough, I don’t feel that’s my problem. The idea that kids get to go to school in a harassment free environment doesn’t have an asterisk with fine print saying “except in cases of cute 10 year old girls and older guys with issues.”
Yet the upshot is that N is supposed to deal with having this kid around, because removing him would disrupt his education. Plus, he can’t help himself being a male with impulse control issues. And don’t forget, she’s so cute and all. She just needs to learn to deal with it because she’ll be getting that response all her life.
This morning the counselor asked if I wanted to talk about it some more, as though talking was supposed to relieve some feminist tension I have about her beauty. I want a restraining order.
Thanks for listening, or at least not letting me know if you just deleted this.
I’m confident that the Blametariat will have some trenchant remarks on this development. For my part, it seems an ideal moment to plug my highly unpopular views on the American public school system. Those views are:
Public education in this country is a hideous joke. The American public school system is nothing but male dominant culture’s incubation system. It is purposely designed to imbue its inmates, through equal measures of patriarchy-centric curricula and atavistic social structure, with chauvinist doctrine.
The result? An underclass of docile, barely-literate labor drones who will serve the interests of the megatheocorporatocracy. If the system, with its permanent ‘underfunding,’ inadequate instructors, politicized curricula, and perpetually ‘improving’ test scores, did not precisely meet the demands of the megatheocorporatocracy, it wouldn’t be compulsory, and it wouldn’t exist (note that for upper class elites, it doesn’t).
Unfortunately, it works perfectly as a delivery system for culture-of-dominance brainwashing. Products of this indoctrination emerge* with no thought but to replicate the insidious nuclear family model, which locks down their dependence on women’s unpaid domestic labor, on cheap crap from China (i.e. ‘Third World’ oppression), on foreign oil, on genetically-modified, drugged, tasteless, and crappy food, on bleak, depressing jobs, on religion, on ‘the government,’ on porn, on drugs, on ‘medicine’, on xenophobia, and, by happy coincidence, when their kids are old enough for it to be a godsend, on the public schools.
Not only that, but the bizarre conceit that imprisoning children in concentration camps for 6 or 8 hours a day somehow ‘socializes’ them** can only proceed from insanity, and taxes to the utmost the obstreperal lobe’s highly unstable containment field.
Oh hell, I forgot to offer a solution. I’ve been told that if I don’t come up with happy-ending scenarios to counteract the dispiriting hopelessness of my depressing posts, I am nothing but a nattering nabob of negitavism. So here it is:
Home-school those kids!
Overthrow patrirarchy! Â¡Vive la revoluciÃ³n!
* If they emerge; those who don’t are sucked underground, to populate the megatheocorporatocracy’s equally lucrative criminal branch.
** See post title.