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Memphis: KRISTA

November 17th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Krista, originally from Sioux Falls, SD, moved to the city with her girlfriend after she graduated from Macalester this year to teach high school biology in North Memphis. She doesn’t consider herself a feminist because “calling oneself a feminist is an excuse for bad behavior.” She explains, “A lot of feminists I know tend to be anti-man and anti-trans. They gloss over things like race and class. I took one class on feminism in college and found that there was a lot missing, so I decided to study rocks instead.”

As a teacher, she does notice gender issues forming early: “Girls in the high school I am teaching in either act cute and dumb, or tough—that’s how they deal with things. They will hide the strong, intelligent part of themselves in front of boys. I think a lot of women keep on doing that for a while.”

–Nona

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  • 1 Shelby // Sep 30, 2009 at 8:49 am

    A young woman should not have to act cute or dumb, just because they are in front of other boys their age. They are probably doing it because they do not want to “intimidate” them. Acting tough is a good thing!

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