Homework Giphy

Where’d you go Kitten Witch?
Hi Friends! I am so sorry for the accidental hiatus and for worrying so many of you! Earlier in the year I kind of fell into an opportunity to do some more study, and between that and working and the usual spoon deficit, Kitten Witch ended up falling to the wayside. I kept aiming to update next time, then the next week, then the week after, and it just got away from me, then all of a sudden I was avoiding tumblr and social media entirely because I hadn’t caught up and I felt so bad. But my aim now is to find a reasonable schedule that I CAN maintain, knowing all of my other commitments and needs, so hopefully we’ll be back to updating in the next few weeks!

Schedule Changes
My study is either going to take me through to the end of 2018, or wrap up this June/July, but I won’t know until closer to the date. So, for the time being, Kitten Witch won’t have a set schedule, but I will try to update once a week. I’m still going to be around answering messages and asks whenever I get the chance, though!

A Note
It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth it. There are going to be set backs, but you’re going to get there. I see how much effort you’re putting into surviving, and it is phenomenal. YOU are phenomenal. You are battling a world that didn’t account for you, and you are winning just by existing. I am so grateful you’re here with me now, friend, so thank you for choosing to keep going. When it gets lonely, please remember there’s always going to be a kitten in your corner 💖

Softness & Warmth,
Tahlia

There's not a student in history who likes homework.

Okay, so there might be, but it's not anyone's most favourite thing to do in the world.

But, spare a thought for senior-school girls at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah whose homework was to go on a mandatory date with the opposite sex.

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According to the school's local newspaper, Salt Lake Tribune, the assignment was part of the school's adult roles and financial literacy class.

Mother Jenn Oxborrow posted a picture of her daughter's 'misogynistic' homework assignment with the caption to Facebook, 'My 11th grade AP honors student's homework: 'go on a date!' … Thanks for educating our kids, Utah Department of Education. We really appreciate your evidence-based misogyny.'

Meanwhile, other social media users have been keen to show their disgust at the ridiculous homework.

The instructions for the homework informed students they were only allowed to spend £4 on their date and would have to write a summary of what they did and how it went.

Their dates would then have to sign their signature confirming their date had followed the homework's instructions to the best of their ability.

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So, not only were students instructed to go on a date but would have to be judged on a list of preposterous ideas of femininity, women and relationships.

Oh, and did we mention they had to go on a date with a member of the opposite sex?

The fact a school thought it would be okay to force their students to go on a date is one thing but to enforce heterosexual partnerships is on a whole other level of homophobia and sexism.

Suggestions for the girls' behavior on the date included:

  • Eat the food you order. Don't waste his money.
  • Don't fish for compliments
  • If you think you're too fat, etc., keep it to yourself.
  • Show him you enjoy being with him.
  • Dress appropriately for the date
  • Be feminine and lady-like, don't use vulgar language or swear
  • Show respect for him.
  • Don't criticize his diving (unless it's not safe).

Oh, and when you've done all that, 'relax and be yourself'.

As if that's possible after you've just been told to act like a submissive second-class citizen.

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Lucy Mulligan, Oxborrow's daughter, told the Tribune her teacher made it seem like the date was mandatory: 'She really didn't leave it up to us if we wanted to or not.'

Someone needs to take this teacher back to school to teach them a little something about equality and education.

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