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A class experience that I especially remember is when I was in the sophomore year which was last year, we had an open discussion about rape, abortion, and female related issues that were occurring in the world. Even though I am not a victim of rape and neither have I faced the abortion decision, as a female, I felt obligated to stand up and have a voice. Some things happening out there CAN be prevented. Society sometimes portrays females as a sexual thing, which then leads to people accusing females that they “asked for rape” because of the amount of clothes they are wearing. Females are humans too and shouldn’t be judged whether she “asked for” rape or not according to the amount of cloth she has on the body. This is a touchy topic and this was one of the most memorable times of being in a single-gender school.
I teach a Global Issues class to seniors. In this class, we are partnered with another girls’ school in Amman, Jordon through an international group called Global Nomads. Our sessions with our partner school are planned out under specified topics on which my class will conduct extensive research prior to our live video conference session in our Distance Learning Lab. Although all of our video conference sessions are stimulating, the one that stands out to me as being particularly meaningful was the session on stereotypes.

My class attempted to research what life would be like for girls their age in Jordan and they prepared questions on their findings. However, when they asked their questions, the responses of the girls in Jordan surprised them. Life for these girls was not quite as restrictive as my class has assumed. Furthermore, as the questions continued, my class realized that the girls in Jordon also had an incorrect image of American girls.

These revelations resulted in the girls from both schools going “off script” to ask questions to each other as they came to mind. The girls learned so much more during this one session not only about girls in Jordon, but about themselves in the process. They came to the realization that the media plays a huge role in creating and perpetuating stereotypes. The girls from both schools analyzed what this realization meant to them.

My class told me at the end of the session that this was something that they would never forget. They learned much more than they could have ever learned from a textbook.