Sanctioned or not sanctioned it was going on-and the staff is responsible for knowing, just like in schools all across America. Kids will do what they will, but adults should be their with the wisdom that even the smartest teen can't have.
Thank you. I fight everyday for a sense of history of what NC was and what it has become. Most people know nothing or very little of its progressive history, just putting it unfairly in with the rest of the southern states. I know from my family history, how much we fought for the progressive state NC was and will continue to, until I die. Lucia Blount Safran Messina.
Dumite, the club has not existed for years. It was a relatively short-lived phenomenon. The administration did not condone and was clear about not permitting the activity as the article states. The fact that teenagers may have continued an activity for a period time not sanctioned by school officials is not unique to high schools in America.
The best part of the Indy this week were all the ads - brilliant, poignant and clever ads that businesses took out against HB2.
Tolerance doesn't mean a lack of boundaries and using the same shower and locker room is different than nude bobsledding and shower games between children. I am totally opposed to HB2 and also the lack of responsible leadership shown at Cary Academy. It is a huge liability to allow such conduct and students can hold "shower club" outside of school and their parents can sponsor it if they want their child to participate! Everyone should be welcome to belong and be appreciated for whomever they are, but that doesn't mean adults turn a blind eye to being responsible. Why would any teacher care what it "looks like" rather than the issue of what is going on? Abigail did a great job writing this piece and her open mindedness is to be applauded, but the school 's behavior is very troubling.
The real question is what the hell are the faculty thinking and how has the school not been sued? It has nothing to do with male bonding, but supervision, direction and avoiding a situation that is begging for some unfortunate incident or misunderstanding to wreak havoc. It is fascinating that there are posters for the club that no adult seemed to address for years and when one meekly did so they were ignored. Tolerance doesn't have to be taught by nude bobsledding in school. Seriously...
It's the Abigail who wrote this btw--and for those wondering what the hypothesis is, it's basically that Gen Z is definitely left of center--but dismantling the gender binary is not necessarily on the collective mind so much as redefining masculinity. The proof would be in the interviews with the boys, Schwalbe and Jae especially, as ze is very attuned to the degree of progressivism Gen Z is willing to offer.
Just wanna thanks say to the first guy that advocated for me, a minor, to wear revealing outfits and strip down in front of my male peers, I'll def take your advice to heart. @dude
It's actually the tolerant response by the peers of those straight-identified, male-identified suburban high school students who shower together that supports the hypothesis.
Would be interested in hearing from the author as to what "this hypothesis" is. If "this hypothesis" is that "...generation Z is moving ...left of center," then "this hypothesis" seems likely to be true, but weakly supported if supported at all by a group of straight-identified, male-identified suburban high school students showering together.
@chiburbbi I think it's the hypothesis in the preceding paragraph that, "...generation Z is moving left of center."
Excellent summary of the political history as well as weaving into that the personal stories of our fellow citizens who are so dramatically affected.
The author offers "Shower Club as a case study of this hypothesis." What is the hypothesis to which the author refers?
Great writing and reporting.
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