Have you ever experienced that horrible feeling of being “ranked” by a group of boys back in middle or high school? Well, if you do, this is a story you should read.
A group of teenage boys at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School decided to rate their female classmates by attractiveness, but something very empowering happened. The female classmates decided to fight back, and this is very the story gets interesting.
An 18-year-old student created the list, with contributions from other male students, and he ranked 18 girls at the school on their looks on a scale from 5.5 to 9.4. The women spoke to The Washington Post, and they said that they felt objectified and degraded by their male peers.
Lee Schwartz is one of the teens on the list, and she said that knowing that her closest friends were talking with her, but secretly numbering her, felt like a betrayal. She noted that she was her friend, but apparently also a number. The girls decided to stand up to this and take action, so they reported the list to the school officials and asked that their classmates face consequences for creating it.
Yasmin Behbehani, one of the girls on the list, said that it was the last straw for the girls of the “boys will be boys” culture.
“We’re the generation that is going to make a change.” – she added.
HS boys rated female classmates on a list and the girls fought back. “It was the last straw…of this ‘boys will be boys’ culture,” Behbehani said. “We’re the generation that is going to make a change.” These students are working together in great ways. https://t.co/yu91x7s45e
— Soraya Chemaly (@schemaly) March 27, 2019
The school’s administration responded by giving one male student in-school detention for one day. However, expectedly, that wasn’t enough for the group of girls, and around 40 of them filed into the assistant principal’s office and demanded that the school be free of “misogyny and objectification”.
The school decided to hold a meeting with around 80 students, and it gave the young women an opportunity to speak directly to their male peers about the list and what it felt for them. They also broke down about the double standards they experience every day.
The creator of the list reportedly ended up taking responsibility for his actions, and he told The Washington Post that he recognizes that he’s in a position in this world where generally he has privilege. He added that it’s easy for him, a white male at a rich high school to lose sight of the consequences of his actions and to feel like he’s above something.
Source: Scary Mommy