The pressures of growing up and fitting in

Charlotte Vincent posted some comments from young 15-16 year old women talking on Monday night in a workshop about how young men talk to or about them at school –

“as long as you keep quiet, wear nice clothes and you’re pretty, you’ll be fine”

“there’s a culture of being used – like if a guy sleeps with you to prove that he’s not gay”

“if a lad sleeps with a girl he’s a lad, if a girl sleeps with a lad, she’s a slapper”

“if a girl sleeps with lot of boys I perceive her to be a bloke”.

I left the workshop moved by the openness of these young women to speak out and really quite shocked at the level of day to day coercion to do things they don’t often want to do they are under at school.

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