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Private school slammed over bus ad showing boys as aspiring lawyers but girls becoming vocalists

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£34,000-a-year school says aspirations are ‘personal’ to the students

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Co-ed private boarding school, Ardingly College in Sussex, has been defending itself against claims of sexism and gender stereotyping following an advertisement showing a male pupil with aspirations to be a lawyer, politician or swimmer alongside a female pupil whose aspirations are to be an actor, vocalist or writer.

The ad, which is part of a series for the Harry Potter-esque establishment, has appeared on buses in the local area recently.

Martin Harris, managing director of Brighton & Hove bus operator, the bus company where the ads have appeared, told the media that he was “mortified” and would be pulling the ads from its buses.

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Reactions on social media have also been strong with one tweet calling it: “entry level sexism”:

A local reporter was equally outraged:

A female local Labour councillor, who studied law, also had something to say on the subject:

Ardingly’s head teacher, Ben Figgis, has had to defend the ads and the school explaining that it was a misunderstanding; the labels were “the personal ambitions” of the students who featured in the billboards: “As a school we have not put words into their mouths, nor would we want to.”

This mishap is unfortunate, particularly given that in the posh mag Tatler‘s review of the school (featured on the school’s website), Figgis is quoted as saying:

“Leave your stereotypes at the door… Girls play football and take A-level physics; boys give talks at the feminist society and do jazzercise. Modern co-education at its best.”

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66 Comments

Tudor Street Partner

I couldn’t disagree with this poster more – we need as many pretty young things to come join us as a lithe trainee lawyer as possible.

Anonymous

34k a year for a school that isn’t Eton or Harrow, might as well piss it down the drain.

Fem

They should force her to lie!! Disgusting.

Anonymous

Hahaha. I like your sense of humour

Anonymous

Clearly anyone who is outraged by this has never been a lawyer. Being a slave to the whims of clients for a fraction of the amount they pay the firm is not as great as it is made out to be.

Anonymous

A fraction of a very large number is also a large number. The pay (at least in London) is pretty decent even at non-US or non-MC firms

Law dogs

Storm in a teacup as ever. But perception is reality and as long as it remains regardless of initial intention the way something is perceived is what shall make the headlines.

Bumblebee

Most people accept the notion that gender stereotypes may affect female aspirations.

Unfortunately, some people just can’t grasp the fact that female aspirations affect gender stereotypes.

Anonymous

Each of my LPC classes has about 24 students. The class with the most male students is Litigation which has 7 guys including me.

Female aspiration (reality even) has yet to shake a lot of stereotypes

Anonymous

…So are they suggesting that girls SHOULDN’T aspire to be writers or vocalists? The irony is that the ‘equality’ these feminists are crying out for is about the freedom to make your own choices yet what these feminists REALLY want is to dictate what those choices are.

Anonymous

Why is this even a story? Those were the responses of the individual students. You have also missed off the rest of the quote from Figgis – “We have featured girls aspiring to become scientists and surgeons as well as boys becoming writers and linguists.”

Anonymous

Whats wrong with being a vocalist?

Rasputin

PRIVATE SCHOOL SLAMMED*

*by three people on Twitter

Legal Cheek = Fake News

Anonymous

They’re probably going to call you a Russian bot…

Anonymous

“World Ready”… my big hairy behind!

More like “closeted, superior-feeling and over-confident with zero world experience”.

Norman

This is exactly why we need more private schools, so that the public sector stop churning out these communist genderqueers.

Trumpenkrieg

I don’t know if you’re being ironic but I fully agree

Norman

I’m not. This is quite serious. It’s all getting out of hand.

Corbyn. Symphathiser

The school in question says that “Girls play football and take A-level physics; boys give talks at the feminist society and do jazzercise”, as it says in the above article. I thought that was the sort of ‘degeneracy’ you were opposed to?

Oh! I forgot! You think that the very act of reading is a postmodern Marxist plot. I see now why you’re so confused.

Norman

I have no problem with what they do as long as the men know their men and women know their women… and not these weird leftist momentum bender creeps that are ruining this country.

It probably what you want though

Norman

They’re* before the grammar Nazis start off

Corbyn. Sympathiser

If you want to make a point, you could at least have the decency to learn to spell.

Trumpenkriegfinder General

You were right first time, you massive bulb 😀

Trumpenkriegfinder General

Quelle fucking surprise…

Corbyn. Sympathiser

Bugger off, fascist.

Norman

Anti-Semites shouldn’t use the word fascist.

Corbyn. Symphathiser

Whilst the above was one of my uncreative cosplayers: you are in agreement with Trumpenkrieg, an open Nazi and fervent anti-Semite. Just so you are aware.

Trumpenkrieg

“Ra ra ra! Sexist racist fascist Nazi anti-Semite sexist racist fascist Nazi anti-Semite racist fascist Nazi anti-Semite sexist racist fascist Nazi anti-Semite racist fascist Nazi anti-Semite sexist racist fascist Nazi anti-Semite racist fascist Nazi anti-Semite sexist racist fascist Nazi anti-Semite” … shut the fuck up, you bore.

Corbyn. Symphathiser

I’ll be glad to, when you stop being all of those things you so eloquently set out above.

Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Libeturd Leftie

And notice he didn’t deny it…

Anonymous

By that repetitive rant I think we may have outed the person who posted random repetitive N word bombs on this site a few months back…

Anonymous

Agreed. The state sector spews out into society each year a bunch of badly educated, chippy people who are no use to anyone. Thank God for private education.

Anonymous

Hardly surprising that privately educated people dominate the top jobs. If you had the choice of hiring a well educated, polished, confident person, at ease with himself/herself, or a resentful individual with tonnes of baggage and a poor education, it is a no brainer.

Asne

Compe educated here. I was told I was from a comp and had no chance of making it. Guess what…I’m female, I made it and earning a lot. Why? Commitment but also because with my drug ridden, teenage pregnancy and other nasty bits of school, I learnt how things are in reality for large parts of the population. I was not wrapped in cotton wool. To suggest that there be more private schools is to miss the life values you learn along the way at comp schools, even if you do have to group more quickly to survive.

Asne

*grow

Anonymous

I think people overstate this. I went to a terrible London comp where gangs were rife and the boy I sat next to in French was expelled at 15 and in prison for murder at 16. But I spent my evenings playing N64 and had very little to do with the rougher aspects of my school – I certainly didn’t have to do anything out of the ordinary to “survive”. From my experience, this is usually true for most people who claim to have “made it against the odds”.

Norman

Everything said and done, someone somewhere has to still produce some normal women… except these insidious feminists have to spread their poison as far and wide as they can..

Corbyn. Sympathiser

What is a “normal” woman? And what makes you an expert? I strongly suspect your mother is the only woman you have ever had intimate contact with.

Anonymous

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Corbyn. Symphathiser

Gosh, you were mardy last night. MGTOW meeting not as productive as you thought it would be?

Trumpenkrieg

I have never once on this website espoused MGTOW views. So much for your posturing as some kind of expert on hate groups.

Corbyn. Symphathiser

I’m no expert on the subject, I made a guess based on the huge crossover between MGTOWs and Nazis such as yourself.

I note the careful word usage that you’ve never ‘espoused’ MGTOW views “on this website”.

TFG

Seriously though Trumpy Wumpy, you do kind of fulfil the criteria. It was hardly a chasmic cognitive leap.

Carmine

How outrageous to want equal treatment.

Not Amused

Confected outrage by the usual suspects.

I’ll just go pop and tell Alan Bennett that he’s a failure because he never managed to sit on a local council.

Utterly Amused

“I’ll just go pop…”

If only *sigh*

Anonymous

As usual, the whinning of bored middle class people is treated as “news”

Anonymous

£34k a year for a Non-Clarendon school is an utter p1sstake

Mumsy

What is an Ardingly, and do I shove it up my arse?

Anonymous

Hmm. Isn’t the thing here (if indeed there is a thing) that the posters message is you can be a succesfull provided your Mum and Dad have £34k a year (more than the average person’s total annual income before tax) to spend on us. So they had been totally non-sexist and the message had been boy or girl you can be a lawyer, vocalist or whatever provided your parents earn pots of cash everyone would have been cool with that? No point fighting for equality if all it means is Sophie has the same chance as Triston but the rest of society is fucked.

Corbyn. Symphathiser

Pretty solid post, this.

Anonymous

Who cares about the rest of society? It’s the privately educated who really matter: they are the ones who end up leading the country and holding the top jobs. As for parents who consign their children to the dustbin of the state sector, they should be ashamed: if you can’t afford to educate your children privately, you shouldn’t have any.

Corbyn. Symphathiser

Pretty awful post, this.

Anonymous

Whilst brutal, the core reasoning is sound. State school kids are woefully educated and ill prepared for life. Their inadequacy is not their fault, but why should employers care about this when all they want are the best people?

Anonymous

I went to State School and I did OK (10 As, 1 B GCSE; 3As + S1 – A level, solid 2.1 from a respected university and a Masters).

As an added bonus, I also ended up not being a massive bellend by dint of not hanging around other guffawing bellends with an inflated and fundamentally flawed sense of their own (falsely-perceived) magnificence.

So, you know, s’all good like….

Scouser of Counsel

I agree.

Anonymous

And the best thing is that you are not remotely chippy or insecure.

Anonymous

100% correct. I’m very happy and very secure. Plus I probably earn more than you and am not a disappointment to my parents.

As for chippiness, I generally exert it only towards entitled pricks like yourself who think you are automatically better than others by virtue of the circumstances of your birth.

Thanks for the 10 downticks by the way you massive tool. Proves I must have touched a nerve.

Anonymous

It was a far better world when people of below stairs class, like you, were in your place, rather than trying to get ahead in circumstances where your poor education and low birth are a constant cause of resentment and insecurity.

Anonymous

No resentment and no insecurity. My level of education is pretty good I’d say – see above.

I do have a little concern about yours though – given your obvious inability to process basic information. Never mind though eh – look at it this way: if you fail to achieve your worth, you won’t meet a partner and spawn issue. Then your fetid over-salted genetic material won’t pass on to future generations. Result ! 😀

Anonymous

It does seem to me that you have proved the point being made above: that people who are state educated have huge insecurity issues. You need help to get over your feelings of resentment. It is not healthy to carry around this baggage.

Anonymous

It does seem to me that you are an incorrigible bore who just repeats the same statement desperately claiming that the last reply confirmed it. When in actual fact it did nothing of the sort. Try gaslighting somebody else you prick – it won’t work on me.

Anonymous

It clearly has worked on you. You also need to learn how to punctuate. Another thing your comp did not teach you.

Anonymous

Yes; correct. Because, basic. English and, punctuation was. Taught. In. Primary, school. For the most, part.

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