Speed Reading — Women's Studies - Level 5 — 200 wpm

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A Canadian high school has been fiercely criticized online for its women's studies course. Many people believed the syllabus had sexist subjects that were inappropriate for women in the 21st century. These included 'polite conversation,' dinner party etiquette, and 'nail application skills'. There was also a course on: "How to enhance your style by using tips and tricks designed for your face and body shape". The course did have lessons on the basics of web design, reproductive health, the role of women in history, and the image of beauty in the media and around the world.

Among those who criticized the syllabus was actress Siobhan Bryn. She wrote: "This is unbelievably sexist. Women's studies is not fashion and putting on a lunch." She asked whether the course was designed in the 1950's. Activist Meg Fenway said: "This is profoundly offensive and disrespectful." The school has since removed the subjects from the syllabus. A spokesman said: "It looks like we're supporting stereotyping girls….We want to do the best by our kids. We want them to have a positive image and build self-esteem. We want them to analyze things critically."

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