School Hands Out ‘Boy’ And ‘Girl’ Masks, Sparks Outrage For Perpetuating Gender Stereotypes

School Hands Out ‘Boy’ And ‘Girl’ Masks, Sparks Outrage For Perpetuating Gender Stereotypes

Although the idea for schools in the U.S. to reopen with physical presence might not have been the best, some schools still decided to go on with it. The success, though, was very shortlived, and multiple schools that tried it have had to close almost immediately due to high number of new Covid-19 infections.

The only schools that are running successfully so far are the ones that mandate distance and wearing face masks. In fact, some schools even installed barriers between desks to provide social distancing between students, and some have been handing out free face masks to every student.

This Canadian school went a bit too far, though, and decided to hand out different masks for boys and girls. Why? Only the school administration knows.

The school have been handing out blue masks to students that have been assigned ‘male’ at birth, and pink masks to students assigned as ‘female’. Again, I really don’t get the reason behind this, but the problem occurred when students weren’t given the option to choose their own masks and their own preferred color. Instead, they are only allowed to wear the mask they’ve been given, or wear their own if they bring it from home.

Catherine Lebel is the mother of an 8-year-old girl that attends the school, and she tweeted out about the issue.

The mom told the Mirror that she wasn’t expecting a boycott or anything like that, and she’s aware that there are far higher priorities at the moment. However, this is completely unnecessary, as masks are protective gear that shouldn’t be gendered.

Many people agreed with her and were annoyed by the school district’s decision:

According to a statement released by the school, they had no control over the designs for the masks, but they didn’t address who decided to enforce gender stereotypes when they ordered the masks.

 
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