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Hourou Musuko – What Teachers Have to Say

My stand for cross-dressing would probably be similar to Chi-chan. It’s hard to overcome the hurdle for men, true, which is why I honestly think Nitori should really consider controlling himself on making the wrong impression before it’s too late.

Haha, wait, that’s not the point of this entry though. I would actually like to wonder on what should be the proper response of a teacher towards this kind of thing. No matter how you look at it, teachers are tasked to mold the personality of a student, and part of it is their awareness to their own sexuality.

Manabu had his own share of distress already with regards to Chiba so I guess I have to give him a break. I know he’s simply doing his responsibility as a teacher which is why he tried to reprimand Takatsuki. But when you try to reprimand a student, you don’t stupidly do that without thinking why the student did such a thing. Spouting non-sense and comparing Takatsuki to what Chi-chan did… what a nice choice of action. If I was that student I would have punched him already. Seriously. While I can understand Chiba’s dismay to this dense homeroom teacher, I just want to tell teachers like him that it takes a lot more thinking to understand students undergoing puberty and identity crisis. I don’t really see his concern for Takatsuki as well which is why I dislike him. It’s as if he’s doing the reprimanding part simply because he’ll be on trouble once a superior notices he didn’t do something about it.


Meanwhile, I like Kaneda better. He might be a little nonchalant about things he mentions, but you can see that he considers the questions he asks just like when he asked Takatsuki whether she hates seifukus. He knows how to steadily start a conversation that would make a student open up, unlike Manabu’s idiotic intro. Manabu’s intro is the best action to take if you want a student to be driven to a corner or to immediately close his ears to you. I guess he still has to learn lots before he gets to say anything good of a counsel to students. But, really, I can’t blame the students on why he is treated coldly. Then again, it is very much related. If you’re not likable (I see him trying to make an effort for the students but he simply makes the wrong choices), you won’t easily be able to make people open up to you.


Well, it was a good start that Manabu was able to recognize Nitori even though he decided to come to school with that kind of attire, meaning to say he tries to sharply observe his students (too bad physical observation won’t be enough for Saorin). Now, it makes me excited how the teachers would handle this kind of situation. What kind of reprimand Nitori would receive? Or will he ever receive one? The choices of the teachers are crucial at this point because the student would see any of their actions as either supportive or the opposite.


I see this situation as something the teachers won’t be able to handle alone. I suggest that the best action from here on is to discuss it with Nitori’s parents. If they choose to act alone, they better not make him feel nasty about his actions since we all know it took some courage for him to dress up like that, if they don’t want some emotional breakdown or suppressed emotions.

I’d be annoyed if the teachers would try to reiterate and solve the situation using norms and standards in society.

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  1. theradioactivesamuraiNo Gravatar says: March 20, 20112:05 pm

    I see why you're so concerned about the recent update.

    I agree with your stand regarding Manabu. He wasn't good at handling things, and I think that the other teacher entering the conversation really helped. How Nitori would get through this emotionally and mentally would depend on how his teachers and his friends would react. (I'm assuming that his parents either don't know yet, or at least they didn't react as heavily, because it wasn't shown.)

    I don't really agree on your suggestion about the best action, though. Well. I think that instead of going directly to the parents, they should start with the student, first. Although he is young, if I were his teacher, I'd instead recommend him to the school guidance counselor (or I'd take on the job myself). I would probably go into what you mentioned earlier, that is, ask him questions, talk to him, and get to the bottom of what caused his action. After that, I'd ask him about his parents, and guide him towards opening up to them, himself.

    The idea of being different is still hard for people to swallow, right? I do remember my mom sitting down with me and started talking to me about how I was a girl, etc (basically, she was trying to tell me that if I were a lesbian, I better stop NOW). My lack of interest in the usual girly stuff, plus my lack of interest in getting a love life bothers her, apparently. It was the most awkward thing ever and explaining to her that I'm actually straight was very hard (even now, she worries about me. ._.) This is why I can't imagine Nitori just… telling his parents that he wants to be a girl, but he's actually straight (even I can't fully understand it, and I'm already seeing most of the big picture as the viewer).

    I’d be annoyed if the teachers would try to reiterate and solve the situation using norms and standards in society.

    Regarding this, well, it would actually tick me off, too. But I'm afraid to say that I might suggest this to Nitori first. To lay low at first (and by that, I mean, to get him to stop crossdressing in school), because his classmates are too young to understand and to avoid Nitori getting ostracized.

    I think a good course of action would be to talk to the students and slowly get them to understand why some boys and girls feel the way Nitori does (something like a small crash course about Gender Roles and Gender), and tell them how people feel bad when their attitudes and their behaviors don't match. Something like… to get them to understand that this is only a part of what makes everyone different.

    LOLOL SORRY FOR THE LONG POST. I loved the episode, and it made me feel a bit distressed (with the same reasons you've mentioned). And, just as a PS, I can't wait to see how Doi reacts, heehee.

    • foomafooNo Gravatar says: March 20, 20116:55 pm

      Oh yeah, you do have a point. I guess if there would be somebody who'd complicate things the most, it would be the parents. Seeing most of gender related issues aren't easily accepted by parents, directly going to them is a bad choice.

      I guess guidance counselor is indeed a good idea. Maybe I just based the incapability of the teachers to give some good advice because Manabu is… out of the question while Kaneda… He seems approachable but he appears to me as someone who doesn't give a damn that much to personal lives of the students, as seen by his usual lag effect-pondering moment about Takatsuki's and Nitori's gender, despite his smooth conversational skills.

      Ugh, I feel for you, I'd be totally embarrassing if my parents would say a similar thing. And actually, I don't understand as well how I'd categorize Nitori -_-…Then again, if I'd base it to some anon writing I've read somewhere in the net, no one's 100% hetero, or so that's what I've read…

      School is pretty much a rigid institution. On top of that, middle school, not university, so I don't really advice him to go full blown yet, if he really wants to.

      Then again, he should have come during the first day as a girl! Going to school as a boy next time around won't really make that big of an issue if his classmates will think that his original gender is female.
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      • theradioactivesamuraiNo Gravatar says: March 20, 20119:08 pm

        Then again, he should have come during the first day as a girl! Going to school as a boy next time around won't really make that big of an issue if his classmates will think that his original gender is female.

        OMG OO NGA! He should have! Then again, won't his homeroom teacher… well. Know about his gender? Especially with his name? orz|| But I agree that having him do that early on would ease acceptance more. Something like how Chi does it? (Oh my, but Nitori can't pull of a Chi, can he?)

        Then again, if I'd base it to some anon writing I've read somewhere in the net, no one's 100% hetero, or so that's what I've read…

        Oh, that should make sense! I've read that somewhere, too, but sort of different – like how everyone experiences homosexual episodes/feelings, but remain dominatingly hetero?

        Regarding the teachers, I'm actually optimistic about how they'd handle things (especially after reading your post). It's what I'm looking forward to, now.

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