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Study finds female primary school pupils fear being labelled ‘lesbians’

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  1. Just sounds like ten year old girls being ten year old girls.

  2. I didn’t know what lesbian meant in primary school!! Seriously though, it’s a worry because what are these girls prepared to do in order to prove their not a lesbian???????? I’d worry if it was my daughter.

  3. This is something I can related to from when I was at school – the first time I heard the word ‘lesbian’ it was as an insult. I rather doubt that “IAIN” understands.

  4. Jen Marcus 1 Jun 2009, 4:43pm

    Its really sad that little girls can’t just be little girls. I think Charlene is right. I didn’t know what a lesbian or gay meant in primary school either. They must get that homophobic information from home or the streets?

  5. Same here, Joanna. And that had both a conscious and subconscious effect on me, affecting me for years.
    I just hope that the girls’ teachers point out that there’s nothing wrong with being a lesbian, and to think that being girly makes you ‘not look like a lesbian’ is totally wrong. I also suspect that the teasing from other children who didn’t attend that single sex school was largely motivated by jealousy – just one weapon to make the pupils there feel inferior. I speak as someone who went to a single sex school.

  6. I didn’t think it was such a hangup for girls at school, but it seems you get it as bad as the guys. I found if I didn’t have a ready answer to “Which football team do you support?” I might as well have worn a frock to class!
    The gender stereotyping is pretty intrenched at that age… the toy and TV industries do little to help. I remember when I had a job in a high profile UK animation firm, pitching an idea to the creative director and being told I needed to understand my demographics: “boys like things with wheels on and girls want everything pink”! I hope that’s changing, but maybe I’m too much of an optimist…

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