Sunday Times article tarnished our image: CHIJ chairperson. Oh dear. I’m from an IJ school, and my school is known for ‘nerdy’ rather than ‘easy’ students (just look at the picture on my site’s index and you’ll see what I mean). I think it’s quite mean to project a certain image onto young girls who are probably struggling with adolescence, body image, and self-esteem as it is. As I said in my comment on Jean’s site, it’s one thing if the encyclopaedia was a humour / satirical publication, like The Sarong Party Girl series, but it’s not.
Adult women who went to IJ schools back in the day do get it all the time. There is definitely a stereotype out there, and we really don’t need to institutionalise it.