Dad Writes Anti-Sexism Timewarp Letter to Daughter's School 1 Favorite 



Aug 12 2017



When the boys were sent on a field trip to a hardware store and girls went to get their hair done, this modern dad didn’t get mad, he got hilarious. He wrote a letter notifying the school that there was a rift in the time space continuum somewhere in the school and that his kids had been sent back to 1968. He requested that the administration fix the timewarp immediately. This kind of humor is a hallmark of creative nonviolence.

"Dear Principal," he began. "I must draw your attention to a serious incident which occurred yesterday at your school where my daughter is a Year 6 student. When Ruby left for school yesterday it was 2017," Callaghan continued. "But when she returned home in the afternoon she was from 1968."

The letter goes on to suggest that perhaps the school is harboring secret time-travel technology or perhaps has fallen victim to a rift in the "space-time continuum," keeping his daughter in an era where women were relegated to domestic life by default.

"I look forward to this being rectified and my daughter and other girls at the school being returned to this millennium where school activities are not sharply divided along gender lines," he concluded.

The letter garnered viral internet support and sparked serious debate. We're not sure if the school amended their field trip policies but we're certain they were forced to think about them and their effect on enforcing archaic gender expectations.

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This action demonstrated a tactful and disarming way to bring attention to an issue that has serious impact on the education of children. We're not able to confirm whether the school changed their policy but we're certain the thousands of people who made contact with this letter were forced to think.


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This action gained global traction and inspired parents and educators to think about the simple ways they may be perpetuating sexism.