Feminist workshops to “re-educate” boys in school are on the rise, following new government guidelines issued in March. The first ‘Good Lad Workshop‘ was held for boys as young as 16 at the St Edward’s School, Oxford, this month.
Students from Oxford University, where they run compulsory “consent workshops” for students, started The Good Lad workshop. The classes have now gone into schools, where they go far beyond conventional sex-education, seeking to indoctrinate boys into a feminist worldview and to reject “toxic masculinity”.
The development is supported by government policy. In March this year the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, announced new guidelines for schools to give lessons about consent and rape to children as young as 11.
Founder of The Good Lad, David Llewellyn, 27, told the Oxford Mail: “It’s important to start these conversations at a younger age because it’s a message which resonates with males of any age.”
Classes are currently being piloted, but Llewellyn hopes they will become permanent from September. The pilots are aimed at 16 to 18-year-olds, but the intention is that even younger students will be influenced by the feminist agenda too. Llewellyn said: “Then you get the change in culture of the group.”
— Good Lad Workshop (@GoodLadWorkshop) March 8, 2015
Speaking to Reuters, Llewellyn explained: “The workshops started as a safe space for guys at university to discuss issues of gender and sex, and we are now working with teenagers who are exploring their masculinity and sexuality.”
Another organisation already going into schools is called A Call to Men UK. It states on its website: “A Call To Men UK believes that preventing violence against women and girls is primarily the responsibility of men. We re-educate through trainings [sic], workshops, presentations, school projects and community initiatives.”
In November last year, The Times reported on a “programme” in a school in London in which American women, including former sex crime prosecutors, “re-programme teenage boys’ sexual manners so they are fit for a feminist world.”