The Normalisation of the Stigma Against Male Teachers


Below is a very destructive article against male teachers. Although not directly mentioning male teachers, the implications are obvious.

Parents are allowed to have their opinions about men’s ability to supervise and care for children, even though I contend that men make very good teachers and caregivers. What irks me is that this ridiculous and damaging article was published in the mainstream media, thus becoming yet another example of the growing normalisation of the stigma affecting men in teaching and care giving roles.

I implore the meainstream media to resist publishing this type of destructive drivel.


When our first daughter was born my husband and I made a family rule: no man would ever babysit our children. No exceptions. This includes male relatives and friends and even extra-curricular and holiday programs …

No one told her she’s off the planet? Or maybe they just quietly thought it, given how few sleepovers her friends have agreed to:

When my daughter goes on play dates I make sure that she will be supervised by a woman at all times. So far she has only slept at one friend’s house. Beforehand I spoke to my friend about our rule and clarified that if she’s going to pop out to shops for example and intends to leave our daughter in the care of her husband or another man then the sleepover cannot happen…

As you can imagine, this was not an easy conversation to have.


Click on the link to read And You Say You Want Male Teachers!

Click on the link to read A Male Teacher Drought or a Great Teacher Drought?

Click on the link to read Double Standards on Gender When it Comes to Teaching

Click on the link to read Sexism and Schools




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