Am I alone here, or what?
I have a daughter. She is healthy, intelligent, hard
working, and has a boy friend. Each morning as she
walks across the street to mix with the large mass of
youngsters that descend on the high school across the
street, I can't help but wonder if I've been wrong
My belief in total gender integration as essential
to a healthy society, with all forms of stigmatism
based on sexual or physical distinctions being
vestages of ignorance, has been shelved in favor
of single sex education to at least some degree.
I've seen the fashion and makeup parade, the "walk",
the looks they give each other, the open necking
in the hallways, and it has led me to conclude that
I'm living across from a singles bar. With Hormone
levels high enough I'm surprised the building hasn't
sprouted hair. My daughter prepares for each day's
"competition" with meticulous behavior as would seem
appropriate to a wedding.
Having attended two years of single gender school in
my day, I distinctly recall a "them vs us" mentality.
I supposed then that wife beaters, like race baters,
did their apprenticeships in segregated cultures.
Admitting to the double standard, I never gave it a
thought during my son's time there.
I now envision a future public high school modeled
after the U. S. Capitol, with gender segregated wings
for study interconnected via a central "rotunda" for
cafeteria, library and social stuff. What think ye? Am I simply becoming my own parents?