Year 7 did a unit last half term called Being a Girl. They considered what it means to be a girl in the 21st century, thought about gender stereotypes and looked at the way that shops treat girls and women by marketing toys, books and clothes in a certain way. They also examined the inherent sexism in fairy tales and created updated versions to reflect what girls are capable of. At the end they wrote a poem celebrating being themselves which were really brilliant.
Being a girl – By Hannah
Being a girl is being yourself,
And standing up for what you believe in
It’s caring when bad things happen, and staying strong
And crying hysterically, and taking care of people you love
And being independent, and depending on someone
Being a girl isn’t one thing
Girls can be kind, and they can be violent, and tough
Girls can be sweet and tender
Or they can be strong
And turn you away
Girls can be hurt, and hurt others
Girls are unpredictable
And once they decide something, they stick to it
Girls are loyal to their friends And they are honest, when they should be
You are not a girl
So do not judge them like you are, or know them so well
All girls are different
You cannot use them
If you do you will regret it, trust me
I am a girl
I’m myself all days of the year
I stand up for what I believe in
I care when bad things happen
I stay strong and cry hysterically
I take care of people I love
And I am independent
And I depend on people
I can be kind, and violent, and tough
I can be sweet and tender, and strong
I can turn you away
I can be hurt, sometimes by you, I am unpredictable
And once I decide to do something, I do it
I am loyal to my friends and I am honest, when I should be
Do not use me, or I will make sure you regret it,
I am a girl
I will not change myself for anyone,
I will let no one mould me,
I will wear what I like, and what I wear is an excuse for nothing
I will say what I like and think what I like
Excuse me? You think I’m defensive?
Maybe so, but if I wasn’t you could just trample all over me,
Crush my dreams
I think I’ve made my point now,
I am a girl, and you’d better respect me for it
I am a girl – By Pauline
I am a girl.
I can look good in a dress
Or in trousers or a t-shirt.
I can stand up for myself
In the heat of the moment
And praise myself
For getting good marks on a test.
I can multitask
And show off my long, luscious hair
And at the end of the day, I can feel proud for being a girl.
Being a girl – By Savannah
What about being a girl?
Is there anything wrong about that?
I am just as
As any boy
I will not be written down
As sugar and spice
And I stand tall
I will not be walked over
Because I am a girl
Being a girl – By Darya
Being a girl, it’s great!
You choose who you want to be
You choose what you want to do
There is no limit to your freedom.
People may say things such as:
You throw like a girl
You’re weak because you're a girl.
But being a girl isn’t a bad thing
You just need to say to them to try harder
And maybe then they will
Be able to do things like a girl too.
Some girls prefer an adventure outdoors
Some girls prefer an adventure indoors,
But that doesn’t mean we should be judged.
It means we are ourselves
And we are good enough for anyone.
Being a girl is great!
Being A Girl – By Ciara
Being a girl is hard
But if they just believe
They will do well
They can follow their dreams
Girls can be whatever they want to be
And nothing or noone is going to stop them
To aspire their dreams that
Will definitely come true
Girls can change the world
Girls can prove others wrong
Girls can fight and get what they want
Girls show others that anything is possible
Girls are strong, amazing, trustworthy
And can get through anything
That life throws at them
Being a girl - By Ariam
It is said that girls should be beautiful and polite,
Should be delightful, intelligent and bright,
But how about who us people are really like inside,
Does that need rules or a guide?
Most children are brought up with stereotypes,
Whether it’s a women being a nurse or a man being a businessman wearing a tie with stripes,
But what if a woman wanted to run a successful business?
Would other people think she was being too ambitious?
I believe that people shouldn’t change for others,
Change inside with different colours,
I am a woman,
Full of pride,
And will never be ashamed,
Or want to hide.
Being A Girl – By Lili
Being a girl,
I find hard to describe
I’m not yet quite sure
But am part of that tribe.
Some wear makeup
Whilst others go pure
But that doesn’t matter
Of that I am sure
We can be who we want
And stand up for others
Deciding what's right
And hang out with our brothers
Bee yourself - By Beatriz
Everyone can do whatever they please
I know, because I’m the bee's knees.
Being a girl is much like a boy
They can wear the same clothes and use the same toy.
I’ve never been told that there’s things I can’t do
If it’s possible for me it’s possible for you.
Be confident! Don’t stand in your way
Anyone you want to be, you’ll be one day.
Being female can mean whatever you want it to mean - By Louise
Being female means being capable,
Being female means strong, and valuable.
Being female means that people will judge you everyday,
Even if you're dancing on broadway.
Being female doesnt mean wearing dresses and skirts,
Being female doesn't mean we never make efforts.
Being female doesn't mean we are always perfect ,
But we always have a wonderful effect.
Surprise! I’m a unicorn – By Marnie
My hair flows like a rainbow stream,
My world is pink and glittery.
I think we can agree this is rather unrealistic
But thoughtless t-shirt designers have branded all females this way.
Girls can be interested in a dinosaur top
Or want to wear a pair of regular sports shorts
(Despite the awkward crotch pouch they come with).
They can also put their Lego characters in a rocket, not a salon
And appreciate Minecraft or Fortnite
Because they can overlook the scrutiny from overly dominant males.
And so can I so I am proud.
Assumptions - By Neve
Made everyday about everything by everyone.
Too many thoughts about their appearance and ability.
Gentle, delicate, soft, meek.
Capable of everything, they are the workers, money earners.
Strong, powerful, in control.
We are all human and these stereotypes need to be broken.
Be you, anything is possible.