Billy Elliot failed in his mission

by Ivano Abbadessa - 2017.04.03
Billy Elliot failed in his mission
  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Whatsapp
  • Print

Despite its record in ticket sales and millions of visitors, Billy Elliot did not end up changing gender sterotypes. The fact is that there are still tons of young boys that, like the dancer-protagonist of the film, get caught in the crossfire of prejudice, cruel jokes and violence, at home and in public, just because they dream of a profession associated with the opposite gender.

A recent Spanish study confirms this news. The data highlighted that 40% of parents, even against their kid’s will, avoid dressing their children in what is commonly thought of a color for the ”opposite sex”, just to keep them from being bullied. This phenomenon mostly applies to boys, but girls are not spared either. The estimate is that about 15% of school kids fall prey to so-called “gender bullying”. A percentage that spikes to as high as 65% if one takes into consideration declared homosexuals.

This situation makes it all the more apparent that, in 2017 “the world is more divided than ever between pink and blue” – as Nuria Varela, essayist, teacher, and expert in gender violence, commented in a recent interview. “One thinks that the newer generations have been raised with an idea of equality, but I am not convinced that this message ever truly made it to the school system” For this reason, he added, “ it’s necessary to think of a type of education that doesn’t discriminate, that teaches children that toys are not made for only one gender”.

And for the teacher, Ms. Varela, the double standard for little girls seems particularly hypocritical in today’s society: “We tell them that they can become engineers, president, scientists. But as soon as they exert themselves, they’re called presumptuous instead of “leaders”, which, would be the word given to boys who had demonstrated the same behavior and abilities”.

Published in Gender issues.
Related:
  • Four suggestions to help menopausal workers

    The workplace should be more comfortable for menopausal employees. This is the opinion of the British Government who, using the best researchers at the University of Leicester, has just published literature for managers and employers. Here are some tips: 1) Prepare rest areas to allow women to manage the symptoms of Read More.

  • Porno addicts as boys, sexists as men

    Porno addicts as young boys, sexists as adult men. In short, that is the conclusion of a study undertaken by the University of Nebraska presented at the largest conference in the world dedicated to Psychology, taking place in Washington (D.C.). The data collected from a sample of adolescents and adults Read More.

  • The way women abuse men sexually

    It is an argument not so widely explored, but also men suffer sexual abuse from women. Who use several ways of coercion to force men to have sex with them. A truth emerged from a paper released by the University of Lancaster. According to which, three are the most preferred Read More.

  • Visionary who wanted to free women from the slavery of housework

    Frances Gabe, the ingenious woman who invented the self-cleaning house recently died at the age of 101, forgotten in silence. A half-century ago, after years of a daily routine as a simple housewife, Mrs. Gabe, threw her husband out of the house and with 2 mouths to feed, she was determined Read More.

  • Female sexuality is a right that needs to be defended

    For women sex is important after the age of 50 too.These words were pronounced by the judges of the European Court for Human Rights who ruled in favor of a Portuguese woman whose sex life was seriously compromised due to a surgical intervention. Here are the facts. Ms. Maria Morais Read More.

  • Female BBC stars demanding equal pay in full

    Some of the BBC's most high-profile female personalities have called on the corporation to "act now" to deal with the gender pay gap. The recent pay details released in the Annual report showed that women at the BBC are being paid less than men for the same work. Claudia Winkleman Read More.