Australian students to be taught about ‘male privilege’

Australian students to be taught about ‘male privilege’

A state in Australia has launched an education programme designed to smash gender stereotypes and tackle the root causes of domestic violence.

The “respectful relationship” curriculum will be mandatory in all schools in Victoria from next year.

Students will explore issues around social inequality, gender-based violence and male privilege.

However, a report on a 2015 pilot trial accused it of presenting all men as “bad” and all women as “victims”.

Pay inequality, anger management, sexual orientation and the dangers of pornography will be among the topics explored by students in the programme, costing A$21.8m (£13.5m; $16.5m).

Primary school students will be exposed to images of both boys and girls doing household chores, playing sport and working as firefighters and receptionists.

The material includes statements including “girls can play football, can be doctors and can be strong” and “boys can cry when they are hurt, can be gentle, can be nurses and can mind babies”.

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