Jo starts a school for boys..because she loves boys

Niina Pekantytär
3 min readMay 14, 2023

This is from @the-other-art-blog:

“They were taught not to be ashamed of showing their emotions. How amazing is this? She wrote this in the 1870s. Today we are still battling with that. The boys at Plumfield were taught to be good, responsible, hardworking men. They influenced the women and the girls just like Laurie did, but also they had Friz, John the same Laurie and Mr March and for the most part, it worked”.

Here’s a quote from @princessarisa

“I am another reader who sees nothing wrong or anti-feminist about Jo starting a school for boys. She should have started school for girls and taught them to be strong and independent like herself, some critics say, but that’s just not realistic, not for the period. If she
had started a school for girls, she would have been forced to teach them to be proper ladies, and if she didn’t, then the school would have failed. Running a school for boys gives her the freedom to be her gender-nonconforming self while still filling a role that her society accepts.
The fact that it gives her the power to teach…

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Niina Pekantytär

Niina is an Illustrator, writer and folklorist. Likes cats, tea, 19th century books and period dramas. Host of the Little Women Podcast.