Summary: Just another first day of school, another morning in another hallway. But sometimes you don’t know what waits for you until you’ve actually turned the corner…
A/N: Written for the Klaine bingo prompt “Teachers;” (shut up, I’m calling it a drabble anyway because it was meant to be one) ~4,900 words
It’s the first day after summer break and he’s running a bit late already because first his alarm hadn’t gone off, and then he’d spilled his coffee and stained his shirt, and then he’d had to park his car in the worst spot and sprint all the way across the parking lot to make it to his classroom on time. Three years of being a teacher and he still always feels a little overwhelmed the first day back after a long break.
There are still a good number of students left scattered around the halls, greeting their friends, chatting about their holidays, making their ways to their classrooms to get started on a new school year.
Kurt threads his way through them, a bit more hurried than they are; he really wanted to grab another coffee in the teacher’s lounge before having to face a classroom full of teenagers first thing in the morning. Only then he turns a corner a bit too sharply and is stopped in a full frontal collision with a blur of bright colors and papers flying everywhere.
Men, I would like to give this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too. To date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society. I’ve seen young men suffering from illness, unable to ask for help for fear it will make them less of a man. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either. We don’t want to talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive, women won’t be compelled to be submissive. If men don’t need to control, women won’t have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are. We can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves - Emma Watson for HeForShe UN campaign
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