Students at a £22,000-a-year private school have been told that modern feminism’s main focus is the problems of straight, white, middle-class women.
North London’s Highgate School – whose alumni include the poet T.S. Eliot and one of Boris Johnson’s daughters – hosted an ‘anti-sexism’ forum organised by staff and pupils last month.
It came amid a drive to tackle sexist behaviour at the school, which was stung by the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ scandal last year which saw students anonymously revealing claims of sexual abuse online.
Materials used during the forum reveal that a presentation titled ‘how inclusive is feminism’ states that modern feminism’s ‘primary focus’ is ‘cishet’ (heterosexual, cisgender) middle-class white women, The Telegraph reports.
This creates a notion that only this group of women has to deal with sexism, the document claims, adding: ‘There can’t be justice in feminism without brown, black, gay, trans etc feminism’.
Another presentation called ‘How to be an Ally’ calls on pupils at the private school to consider how best to use their ‘privilege’ as a force for good.
But the school, which last year saw pupils walk out and hold a protest amid accusations of a ‘rape culture’, has now been blasted for ‘virtue signalling’.