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High school changes 'sexist' Women's Studies course






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A school in Canada has been criticized online for its women's studies course. Critics thought it had sexist subjects that were unfit 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…face and body shape". The course did also have lessons on web design, reproductive health, the role of women in history, and beauty in the media.

A leading critic was actress Siobhan Bryn. She wrote: "This is unbelievably sexist. Women's studies is not fashion and putting on a lunch." She said the course looked like it was from the 1950's. Another critic said it was very "offensive and disrespectful". The school has now removed the subjects. A spokesman said: "It looks like we're supporting stereotyping girls….We want [our kids] to have a positive image and build self-esteem,…to analyze things critically."

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