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In Greek mythology, Niobe, queen of Thebes, boasted of her superiority to the goddess Leto because she had fourteen children while Leto had only two. Because she was more beautiful and had more children, Niobe believed herself more deserving of worship than Leto. As punishment for her hubris, the goddess sent her two children, Apollo and Artemis, to kill the Niobids. Using poisoned arrows, Apollo killed Niobe’s seven sons, and Artemis the seven daughters. The grieving mother Niobe eventually turned to stone as she wept for her slain children. 

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‘We’re learning about reproductive system in a mixed class.’
I think that’s good, I think that’s good. Honestly, schools that divide people via gender — it doesn’t make any sense. It’s like, what are you trying to do there? Stop people being distracted from sex and romance? Firstly, non-straight people exist. Secondly, toxic masculinity in all-male schools and the horribleness that is girls being mean to each other in all-girl schools are probably worse than any kind of flirty distraction that would happen. And I think that, you know, people of either gender learning how the opposite sex’s bodies work is a good thing. You know, if more boys knew how menstruation worked and more girls understood how male puberty worked, life would be less confusing, especially as a teenager where everything is just horrifying and confusing.

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