The History Of Subjective Diction In Sex Ed Textbooks


When considering the discrepancies in what is expected of men versus women in modern-day society, we often consider how the role of women in families have changed over time, how the women's suffrage movement improved the status of women, and how women today expect others to perceive them. Rarely are we critical of how textbooks are written, or biases in the dissemination of historical, or even biological, educational material.

Immediately following his election as the leader of the free world, backlash against President Donald Trump and his comments about women during the 2016 presidential election emerged in the form of protests. In a worldwide display of solidarity on January 21, 2017, the Women’s March on Washington became the largest single-day demonstration recorded in United States History, with over 5 million people protesting across all seven continents. Given that the historical precedent for it goes as far back as the earliest societies, what can be done to curtail the spread of male and female stereotypes responsible for perpetuating misogyny? The answer, according to Emily Martin, lies within our textbooks.