I'm not one to preach the term 'sexist' easily. I understand the extreme nature of the term so I don't use it lightly. With that being said, I am currently attending Sixth Form in England (ages 16 to 18), and Law is one of my chosen subjects. My class has 3 boys including myself, and about 25 girls. I didn't mind this at first, okay, my radar for making friends is very slim, but maybe I can get along well with the girls or at least just get my head down and enjoy the course.

The teacher is female, important thing to note. Relatively young for a teacher, so she spends a lot of time each lesson talking to the girls about some recent album that's came out, or some inconvenience they have with putting some make-up on (this is not a generalised stereo-type based comment, they talk about this a lot) and everything else. Okay, I feel slightly neglected in the sense that I can't join in on these conversations, but if I had a male teacher who liked the same things I did, then I wouldn't hesitate to talk to him about football all lesson.

But when the actual class gets going, minor instances build up to me just feeling uncomfortable... The 'casual conversation' I mentioned between the teacher and students normally goes to talk about how lazy and irritating men can be sometimes, and how they would enforce a curfew if they could for men, and then at what times the curfew would start and they just start discussing a male-free utopia. Then they start talking about privilege.

All of this is amplified by the fact that often, in Law A-Level, the teacher will make up a story to help us understand a legal concept, so we need to apply the legal concept to the context of the story and see who is liable and all of that, in these stories, the victim will often be the female and nearly all of the time it is the Male that has been negligent of their child or abused their wife or mistreated female colleagues. It's never a woman committing the crime.

In addition, if the teacher is mentioning an actual case, she'll mention how some man killed his wife, and then a girl in the class will say something along the lines of "That's shitty" and then someone else will say "Men are trash in general" and all of these case examples and stories just feed into the narrative of the casual conversation and it creates a very toxic classroom environment. Finally, the teacher tends to commend the female students more, she'll never tell a girl that they straight up got the question wrong but she's very blunt to me whenever I get a question wrong. I'm not using this as my main point as this could be a coincidence but I'm just pointing it out.

I think this is the result of the teacher being slightly sexist and the ongoing 'men are trash' narrative that is trendy to preach if you are a teenager. A Law class of 95 percent girls gives the girls a perfect time to put men in a bad light and not reap consequences. I'm a 16 year old student and I just feel uncomfortable in my Law class. Thanks for listening, thought I'd provide some insight on classroom environment nowadays.