I’m writing in response to your visit to my 4th period AP US government class on Wednesday, April 10. As you were informing us about the Boys and Girls States programs run by the American Legion, I found some of your comments quite disturbing.
You informed the class that, although the boys’ program is free of charge, girls must pay thirty-five dollars to attend. You then went on to laugh as you explained that the charge was because girls are “more high maintenance.” Regardless of the actual reasons behind the charge, I can think of nothing else to call your statement but blatant sexism.
As an authority figure, Mr. XXXXX, your words and actions influence those of the students around you. As much as we wish it weren’t so, we live in a world where teenagers’ opinions are shaped by what they hear. Speaking of women as weaker or needier will only serve to reinforce that belief.
This was an incredibly offensive statement, and I sincerely hope it does not express your true feelings towards women.
Thank you for your time,
Unfortunately, the response was less than stellar. Pretty lame, dude!
I will keep your comments in mind in the future. I did not mean to offend anyone.