You don’t have to live by gender stereotypes – By John Kender Jr. – Hawthorne High School

Editor’s note: We asked students to write about gender stereotyping in high school. Today, a male point of view; next Tuesday, a female view.

“Fair is foul and foul is fair.” This paradox from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” reminds us that what’s fair to some is foul to others. The line, first written about four centuries ago, is still relevant today with regard to the issue of gender stereotyping – especially in high school.

Gender stereotyping does occur in this place that is supposed to be the breeding ground for morphing children into adults. The question is: Is it fair or foul that girls and boys have expectations placed upon them based on their gender?