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People Are Not Happy About This Ontario Town's Sexist Summer Camps

"Girlz Rock" but "Boyz Rule."

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"Sports are for boys and manicures are for girls" sounds like something out of a bygone era, but summer camps in Richmond Hill, Ontario, seem to be running with that exact sentiment. And people are not pleased.

The city is offering two "general" summer camps — Boyz Rule and Girlz Rock and the differences are pretty stark.

Town of Richmond Hill / Via richmondhill.ca

The Boyz Rule Camp invites boys to enjoy "extreme sports" like biking, skateboarding, and scooters, as well as sports like lacrosse and dodgeball.

The Girlz Rock Camp, on the other hand, has "girl-friendly fun" like scrapbooking, manicures, and baking.

The town also has mixed-gender programs centered around art, outdoor adventure, technology, and various sports. But it's those two gender segregated camps that have people talking.

The camps were pointed out by Twitter users Audra Williams, which prompted others to share their disappointment with @MyRichmondHill, the town's account.

GOOD HEAVENS @myRichmondHill ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS SUMMER CAMP GUIDE?? #CANFEM (Ugh @tbrrwu did you see?)

@MyRichmondHill You canNOT be serious about the summer camp programming for girls and boys. Wake up - we are no longer in the Middle Ages

. @myRichmondHill Was there a printing error with your brochures? You appear to have sent out camp info from 1950.

@myRichmondHill, what changes will you be making to your gender-biased boyz&girlz camps? All kids have right to explore all activities.

Ottawa activist and writer Ariel Troster broke down why so many people are upset on her blog, Queer Feminist Mama.

There is nothing inherently wrong with activities that are generally coded as 'girl stuff,'" she wrote.

But the worst part of all of this is how these camps are training young girls to be perfect housewives. In 2016. You'll notice that basic food preparation is not included in any of the listed activities for boys. Because even today, boys are being socialized to be nurtured and served by women. It makes me want to projectile vomit all over the city recreation guide.

Troster also pointed out that this isn't unique to Richmond Hill. Ottawa's Dovercourt Recreation centre was also offering gendered activities for boys and girls age 10 to 13. The girls got healthy snacks, while the boys got video games.

On Wednesday, Richmond Hill posted a statement on Twitter saying they've heard people's concerns and plan to review the programs.

We are hearing you and will review these programs and content with input from participants and the community.

UPDATE: On Thursday, Richmond Hill announced that after listening to feedback, they've changed the names of the camps. They are now "Extreme Sports" and "Kidz Rock" and open to both boys and girls.

We have heard you and changed the names of our summer camp programs to Extreme Sports and Kidz Rock. They are open to all between ages 9-14.

Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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