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Stereotypes with Treacher

Af: Vivyan Yan Mygil, 2.i
30. maj 2018

Danny Treacher, teacher at Langkaer gymnasium, is currently teaching Global Politics and English Language and Literature in the IB course. He’s known to be the strict teacher with the fearsome Cup of Truth, a slightly twisted sense of humour, and he has now agreed to not only smile in front of the camera, write down a stereotype on a piece of paper that insists on flailing about in the wind, but he has also agreed to answer some questions related to stereotypes which this issue of Langkaer Life is concerning.

Do you think stereotypes are beneficial or harmful for society?
It depends. If you take the idea politically, then it’s very dangerous and if you take the most extreme example; Apartheid in South Africa – categorising people by colour and then pushing certain stereotypes on that. Or an even worse example: Nazi Germany then I’d say stereotypes are very problematic. Even in the sense of when they are used for jokes as for comedic effect, then they can also be dangerous, and we’ve seen that in stereotypes of certain women: misogyny. The risk for stereotypes is always where’s the line between fun – I think – and where do aspects of racism or misogyny enter the frame. Or even if someone’s being nasty. On the other hand – if I put my English teacher hat on – then I think stereotypes are sometimes important for writers because it allows the audience to connect with characters if they’re stereotypical characters. Because of using these so-called character traits that exist in general terms the audience might be able to connect with the characters easier and it saves the writer a lot of descriptive detail in terms of that.

Do you think gender stereotypes apply to all genders?
Stereotypes of both sexes exist, and I actually think stereotypes of men have reinforced negative stereotypes that have existed for women. For example, the idea of a man having to behave a certain way leads to them often behaving in a negative manner towards women due to pressure from other men, historically speaking. Of course, that is changing - although there’s this pushback and there’re movements where there’s this idea of machoism disappearing. Unfortunately, some of them have been labelled as a fight back to counter third wave feminism but I think that’s quite dangerous.
Stereotypes exist between men and women, and when I think in general terms – this is very general terms – unfortunately, the stereotypes towards women have tended to be negative and the stereotypes towards men have tended to be positive. Obviously, it’s more nuanced than that balance is coming back and movements such as Time’s Up and #MeToo will help address some of the imbalance that exists. Education has also opened men’s minds up to new relations between men and women. According to the United Nations, the argument would be that the biggest fight is in the so-called developing countries where gender stereotypes would be more black and white and defined.

Is the United Nation’s argument a generalisation or an actual fact?
I think you have the idea of culture and then the idea of structure – and [the question is] which one comes first and what is reinforced. In the worst example – apartheid – it was enforced by law. I mean stereotypes exist because of patterns of behaviour, so repetitive patterns of behaviour mean that certain people are labelled to do certain things in certain situations all the time. Of course, you can’t use this definitive expression of it being all of the time, but I think there’s this idea of this is a repetitive nature of behaviour that then establishes stereotypes.

Are stereotypes based on logic and then generalised by society?
Certain philosophers would say no – it’s related to power. If you take gender stereotypes it’s related to the fact that, historically, it’s been more of a patriarchal society where men dominate and what happens is that the power sort of reinforces a form of logic. But this idea of logic, or common sense, or gut instinct has formed stereotypes, and I think that’s difficult. If you take Jordan Petersen, then he would argue that it’s biological, many of these ways of behaviours; the differences between men and women so as a result it’s biological and doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with these power structures. However, a feminist argument would be that it’s the power structures that have been reinforced through law and patterns of behaviour that’s created these stereotypes.

How do you think one should handle stereotypes?
I think comments like that [related to stereotypes] should be challenged. I think you should call [people] out on it – obviously not with physical violence and I think sometimes it doesn’t help to use similar evocative formulations towards someone who comes up with stupid comments like that. Maybe sometimes the most powerful thing is to ignore it.

Isn’t ignoring the comment the same as empowering it?
In some ways I think so. I suppose challenging is the best way – but in a polite manner; in a rational manner. The type of stereotypes you’re speaking about, the best way to counter them is action. Not necessarily protesting or violence in any shape or form but to go out and get an education and take on – challenge – some of those stereotypes, and if we’re talking about gender stereotypes specifically, then women aren’t capable of x, y, and z, then go out an do x, y, and z to prove people wrong because in some way I think that’s the only way you can change that. Although, I’d just like to point out that there are several documented cases where in the more equality based places the world, where given total freedom, more men would still be engineers and more women would still be nurses, and it’s very difficult to explain that, given equal opportunities in those countries.

Do you think there’s equal opportunity?
Certain sociologists in Norway, where they talk about it being about social structures so that women feel that that’s what they would like to do [take on stereotypical female jobs such as being a nurse]. The women are surrounded by comments on the way things are written, which you can see with the idea of pronoun change – no longer having a his or her - in Sweden as they think it has something to do with language and even that affects the way people behave. But then there’s research from Cambridge – and other universities in Britain– where they speak about the idea that it is actually biological, and it is actually ingrained, and I think I’m a little bit in between the two.

As a quite privileged white, British, assumingly heterosexual (due to heteronormality) male – do stereotypes affect you as an individual in society?
No, I actually try to be myself – and maybe I am privileged in that respect. Although it is quite ironic as you just used five different labels to describe me. I have been labelled but I don’t feel an obligation to act like a man, act like I’m white, act like I’m over forty, or whatever those normal behaviour patterns are. On the other hand, I mean the only stereotype I’ve really encountered is it that maybe a Dane might say “that’s typical a Brit”, or “that’s what you do when you’re from England”.

I think it’s a two-sided coin. Social media has been great to challenge stereotypes and to put the issue into a better perspective, so you don’t feel alone if you feel like you’re unfairly labelled, I also think at the same time social media has – in worst cases such as bullying – reinforced some types of stereotypes and it’s therefore a double-edged sword.

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Q & A with Mark Peter Druett on Langkaer’s High IB Grade Point Average

Af: Alice Truscott
29. maj 2018

Q: Two of last year´s 3i students graduated with 44 points. How?

A: Obviously it has taken a lot of work to get there. They´re both former pre-IB students, so they´ve been here for three years. There´s been a lot of work on their behalf throughout the three years. They were students who just applied themselves, worked really hard. Obviously talented as well, naturally talented. They just put in the hard work that was necessary, basically.

Q: Do you think pre-IB helped?

A: Yes. I do. I think that going through the pre-IB here, we´ve seen it with quite a few of our students here actually, it does. So that was quite an important factor for them. It means that they get used to the subjects and the school and get used to some of the tests. So, they´re used to doing exams and tests through pre-IB, but they also develop their knowledge as well in pre-IB. So, I do think that´s helped them, yes.

Q: What would you say are the qualities of a 40+ point student?

A: I don´t want to get into the trap of just focusing on them, because we also had some excellent students who got fewer points. Some who just got 24 points, or 25 points were also excellent students in their own right. Some of the students who did get 40 points or above just have a general dedication to their homework and to their schoolwork. But we did see some of the students who got high marks were also active in other ways as well in terms of CAS. They´re out doing a lot of CAS activities and stuff as well. Just people who are capable of doing a lot of different types of activities and doing them well. But they also seem to have got to that stage – this is going to sound corny – through a process of reflection as well, through making mistakes and learning from their mistakes. But they´re also students who have been willing to work on their weaknesses constructively.

Q: Do you think CAS helps academically?

A: Yes. It is not just outside the school. It does have a bearing on how they do in school. I was just talking about reflection a minute ago. There is an important element of reflection in CAS. We have done a lot of really good CAS activities here at the school and our CAS coordinator is active. They did a life stories project last year at an OAP home. Thinking about people that are worse off than themselves and getting involved in charities helps them to put their own schoolwork, their own lives into perspective. That means they often focus on their own work as well because they know that´s going to give them some chances later in life. So, I think that CAS does help with development in that way. It also gives them a bit of a break from the grind of all the schoolwork and can give them a release as well. If they play basketball every week for an hour that can be quite a nice way of getting rid of some of the stress you´ve got from being a student, of being an IB student all the time. So, I think that CAS works in a lot of ways. It also helps students collaborate as well, to work together on certain things. That´s a really good feature of CAS. One of the things that we found last year among our students was that they worked together. They were a cohort that did things together, had their own initiatives. They´d meet up at Dokk1 at the library to work on extended essays together on Saturday mornings. I think that CAS probably helps develop that sort of togetherness as well.

Q: What are the qualities of a teacher of a high achieving class?

A: I think that we´re just generally lucky here. I obviously know the teachers here well, and I know that they´re nerds in their own right. Each of them is really good at their own subject. We´ve also got a lot of teachers who are willing to do a little bit more to help their students. I think at Langkaer there´s sort of an ethos of making the students work had to improve as well. We´re ambitious about our students. We want them to do well and want them to improve. But we´re also as a group of teachers willing to put in a bit more effort to try and make sure that the students do well. I know that we´ve got teachers who are very professional and talk together, work together, and they´re inspired by each other. We have teachers who push themselves as well. I was talking to a particular English teacher yesterday who chooses to read certain books that he perhaps hasn´t read before in order for him to keep pushing his own limits, to keep understanding more about the world and his own subject. That characterizes the type of teachers that we´ve got here who are just engaged in their own students and their own subjects as well and are just willing to do a little bit more.

Q: What else do you think contributes to the high GPA at Langkaer?

A: Lots of different things. The student councilors that we´ve got, who have conversations with the students on a daily basis about the problems that they´ve got, are willing to help them. And again, teachers that are willing to help students when things don´t go quite as well and give them advice. Also, parents, the students themselves, and the fact that the students engage in the subjects they´ve got. It´s just a broad combination of different factors. I can´t really just single out one thing. But what we´ve spoken about among the teachers is that they just as a cohort, as a group, they seem to work well together and want to do things together. They´ve have a really positive work ethic.

Q: What tips do you have for IB students, apart from studying hard, to get a high grade?

A: Use the resources that you´ve got. Use the teachers that you´ve got, use your parents, use your friends. Work together on projects when you can. Also, take the time out when you feel that you need to take the time out. Again, back to that whole mindset mentality about being able to learn from your mistakes. Don´t let your mistakes get you down too much. Just be aware that in all walks of life you´re going to make mistakes. You know, I make mistakes really regularly. And the most important thing is to try and learn from that. You know, I think that would be my main tip, just to keep learning from your mistakes. When you get knocked down just pick yourself up, and if you do that and think about how you improve, then you´ll do really, really well at the end of the day.




Kommunalvalg 2017: Carl Buhr fra 3.i stiller op!

Af: Maria Rosdahl
14. november 2017


På Langkaer Gymnasium er Carl Buhr mest kendt som konstruktiv elevrådsformand sammen med forkvinden Julie Braad. Som en del af liste Ø stiller Carl nu op til kommunalvalget i Aarhus, og Langkaer Life har mødt Carl for at tale om hans politiske visioner og grunde til at involvere sig i politik.



  • Carl Buhr, 19 år gammel og født og opvokset i Viby
  • Går i 3.i på Langkaer Gymnasium, hvor han også er deler posten som elevrådsformand med Julie Braad og sidder i skolebestyrelsen
  • I sin fritid laver Carl politik og har et band med nogle kammerater
  • Har boet i Houston, Texas, i et år og gået på High School der


Hvad går kommunalvalget ud på?

Kommunalvalget er det valg, hvor man vælger, hvem der skal sidde i kommunens byråd – i det her tilfælde Aarhus Byråd. Der bliver der truffet kommunale beslutninger – lige fra om der skal bygges flere cykelstier, eller om vi skal have kvindesvømning i Gellerup. Kommunalpolitik vedrører alle kommunens beboere på den ene eller anden måde, og derfor er det også enormt vigtig at bruge sin stemme den 21. november.


Hvilket ungdomsparti er du tilknyttet?

Jeg er tilknyttet Socialistisk Ungdomsfront (SUF), som er Enhedslistens uofficielle ungdomsparti. Der har jeg været aktiv i 3 år, men jeg har været medlem i mange år. Til kommunalvalget stiller jeg op for Enhedslisten. I SUF har jeg haft enormt mange gode oplevelser med mine kammerater, der sammen med mig kæmper for et mere solidarisk samfund. Jeg er stolt af at være medlem af et parti, der aldrig er bange for at kæmpe for de små – med fællesskab i højsædet.


Hvorfor vælger du at stille op?

Helt grundlæggende stiller jeg jo op, fordi jeg ønsker indflydelse på den by, jeg bor i og elsker. Jeg har altid haft stor interesse i at være med der, hvor beslutningerne træffes. Jeg ønsker, helt ligesom de fleste andre politikere, at skabe det bedste sted at være, om det så er på mit gymnasium eller i byrådssalen, og det tror jeg, den politik vi fører, vil lede til. Jeg stiller op, fordi jeg elsker Aarhus. Aarhus skal føre solidarisk politik for de mange i stedet for de få. Jeg ønsker at skabe en grønnere, mere solidarisk og smilende by.  Samtidigt vælger jeg at stille op til kommunalvalget for at kunne fortælle andre unge mennesker – og for at kunne vise andre unge mennesker – at det handler om meget andet end busruter og cykelstier. Jeg ønsker at se mange flere unge mennesker – herude på gymnasierne og på ungdomsuddannelser i det hele taget –stemme den 21. november, når der er kommunalvalg. Jeg ønsker at politisere ungdommen. Aarhus er også vores by, de studerendes by, og det er også enormt vigtigt, at vi har noget at skulle have sagt, når det kommer til de beslutninger, der bliver truffet i Aarhus Kommune.


Hvad ønsker du at opnå ved at stille op?

Jeg håber først og fremmest – helt ligesom jeg sagde før – at mit kandidatur til kommunalvalget vil få flere unge op af sofaen og komme ud. Komme ud og finde ud af hvad der rører sig indenfor politik i Aarhus, deltage i nogle debatter og stille spørgsmål. Vores stemme tæller helt lige så meget som alle andres, og det er på tide, at ungdommen tager byen tilbage. Det allervigtigste for mig er, at de unge sætter kryds den 21. november. Om det er mig, de stemmer på, er i grunden ikke så vigtigt – så længe de gør det. Der findes steder i verden, hvor mennesker går i krig med hinanden for retten til at stemme – i Danmark skal vi bare hente stemmesedlen i postkassen.  


Føler du, at der følger et ansvar ved at være en af kommunalvalgets yngste kandidater?

Ja, helt klart. Det er vores [de unge kandidaters] ansvar at komme ud og møde vores kammerater i øjenhøjde og fortælle dem om det her valg. På den måde får vi en mere varieret gruppe af folk, der stemmer til kommunalvalget, og der bærer vi et stort ansvar for at politisere vores kammerater og omgangskreds. Desuden er det altid svært at være ny. Jeg har været politisk engageret i mange år og på mange niveauer, men aldrig i kommunalpolitik, og det kræver tid at vænne sig til. Der er rigtig mange seje, unge kandidater på kandidatlisten i Aarhus for Enhedslisten, og i modsætning til de lokalpolitikere der har siddet bag det samme skrivebord på Rådhuset i årevis, så kommer vi ind i spillet med engagement og kampgejst.


Hvorfor skal man stemme på dig?

Du skal stemme på mig, hvis du er enig med mine mærkesager og min politiske holdning. Jeg er rigtig bekymret over, at antallet af unge hjemløse i Aarhus – fra 2009 – er firdoblet. Der er over 200 hjemløse imellem 18 og 24 i Aarhus Kommune, og dem ønsker jeg, at vi skal være bedre til at hjælpe. Men vigtigst af alt så skal vi forhindre, at unge mennesker bliver hjemløse. Det kan for eksempel gøres ved at bygge flere almene boliger. Udover det så stiller jeg op på 30 timers arbejdsuge. Jeg synes, det er rigtig ærgerligt, at der er folk, der går stressede i seng, når der er folk, der ikke har et arbejde at stå op til. Vi bliver nødt til at følge med tiden, og det er solidarisk at deles – også om arbejdet. Derfor mener jeg, at Aarhus Kommune skal gå forrest i implementeringen af 30 timers arbejdsuge.


Vil du definere dig selv som politiker?

Det er svært. Jeg lyder bare ikke som en, der er politiker. Det kommer an på, hvornår man er politiker. Jeg er jo politisk aktiv, og jeg elsker at lave politik, så det gør mig vel til en politiker. En amatørpolitiker – for jeg lever ikke af det. Jeg tror ikke, “politiker” er det første, folk tænker, når de ser mig, og det er heller ikke noget, jeg ville kalde mig selv.


Har du en fremtid i politik?

Jeg kunne godt tænke mig at have en fremtid inden for politik, men ikke som en politiker, der sidder inde på Christiansborg. Jeg ønsker at have en fremtid i politik i en anden forstand. Der er politik over alt, der er også politik i den skolebestyrelse, jeg sidder i, og der er politik, hvis du er tillidsrepræsentant på din arbejdsplads. Der er politik i fagforeninger. Der er politik alle mulige steder, og det ønsker jeg helt sikkert at være en del af, men ikke som politiker på Christiansborg – dem vi ser i TV-avisen med slips og løftebrud.

Langkaer Life anmelder IT!

Af: Langkaer Life redaktion
30. september 2017

Seks af Langkaer Life’s redaktions udsendte var inde og se gyserfilmen IT, 2017, i biografen - på trods af samtlige advarsler, og yderligere udtrykkelser for ubetrygthed, men filmen måtte altså ses.   


IT is filled with grotesque tensions, jump scares, and creepy elements.

Someone, during the film, loudly pointed out that one should ideally not pay full price for the ticket as a ridiculous proportion of the film is spent on desperately trying to divert both eyes and mind. That is perhaps the exact point of a horror movie - if that’s the case, IT is ideal.

After that’s been said, Muschietti, uses the entire repertoire of horror movie clichés, and the script writers have, sadly, not resisted the need to cut out every little detail and serve it to the audience verbally.

The plot falls slightly apart during the approximately 2-hour film, and is primarily carried by the occasional frightening elements or the very frequent joke. The film – arguably - fail the Bechdel test, which requires a work of fiction to feature at least two named women to have a dialogue, revolving around something that’s not a man.

The film, despite previous punches, kept most of the cinema awake and some even at the very edge of their seat - if that was caused by the pressing need of having to visit the loo due to an unreasonable intake of soda, that is not possible to state."

~ Vivyan Yan Mygil, 2.i


Nu er jeg normalt ikke kæmpe fan af gysere og plejer så vidt muligt at undgå at se dem, men den meget omtalte IT skulle jo bare ses. Til min store overraskelse var den faktisk mere sjov end uhyggelig. Der var ret mange sjove “din mor”-jokes fra drengene i filmen og nogle ret sjove akavede øjeblikke, hvilket gjorde filmen en tand mindre uhyggelig. Dermed ikke sagt, at den ikke var uhyggelig – for det var den! Da vi sad i biografen, kom der et kæmpe jump-scare, hvor alle som sad i biografen, lettede fra deres sæder i et kort sekund, hvorefter nogle grinte og andre skreg.

Så hvis du er du typen, som ikke er kæmpe fan af gysere, men alligevel godt vil prøve det, og er glad for lidt humor, så er denne film helt klart noget for dig!"

~ Morten Kaae, 3.v

Markedsføringen af “IT” blev som alle Blockbusters gjort i stor stil. Neglebidende trailere, merchandise og endda et interaktivt event i L.A, skabte en vis hype omkring denne genindspilning. De sociale medier var klar til at blive blæst omkuld af en klassisk gyser. Og det var jeg også. Jeg slog mig ned i det bløde biografsæde, med mine forventninger til, hvad jeg i de næste 2 timer skulle udsættes for - hæsblæsende horror.
Da biografens lys tænder på ny, mærker Jeg hysterisk efter svedige hænder, ansigt og ryg. Men intet er at finde. Jeg havde ikke engang problemer med søvnen. Hvad der skulle have forårsaget en ensidig følelse af frygt og gys, blev i stedet til en rutsjetur igennem hele ens følelsesregister. Og det er uden tvivl til det bedre for filmen. Genindspilningen skildrer sig ud fra originalen og klichégyset bliver der holdt en ironisk distance til. Hvilket er meget tidstypisk. Man bliver altså ikke slugt ind filmens dybe kerne, som man gør i traditionelle gysere.
”IT” er et forfriskende pust samt “fuck dig” til det ortodokse horrorunivers. Og det kan helt klart anbefales at være sammen en mellemstor gruppe med den obligatoriske “Jeg-vender-mit-ansigt-ind-mod-mit-sæde-i-halvdelen-af-filmen-person”'

~ Lasse Lucianus, 1.a


Hvis du synes Barnaby er uhyggelig, og Scooby Doo egentlig heller ikke er noget, du ville se en mørk aften, er IT bestemt ikke en film for dig. Så er det meget bedre at tage ind og se en anden film. IT er en modbydelig, uhyggelig film fyldt med jumpscares og makabre mord. Hvis du til gengæld ikke har et problem med at sidde vendt væk fra lærredet, når der sker noget uhyggeligt, er det egentlig en meget hyggelig film, der handler om en flok venner på jagt efter en forsvunden lillebror. Vennerne cykler rundt, har det sjovt, og der bliver da også fyret et par morsomme jokes af til tider.

Dybest set kan jeg ikke tillade mig at anmelde en film, jeg kun har set halvdelen af. Og jeg kan jo faktisk heller ikke sige, om den egentlig er uhyggelig, da jeg formåede at få drejet hovedet, hver gang musikken ændrede toneleje. Men hold dig fra filmen hvis du dybest set hader gysere og aldrig har set en færdig. Og også hvis du hader gysere. Det er en fuldstændig, helt og aldeles modbydelig film."

~ Maria Rosdahl, 3.v


Jeg indrømmer gerne, at jeg ikke er stor fan af gysere, hverken dem i horror- eller thrillergenren. Det er dog ikke ensbetydende med, at jeg ikke finder dem underholdende – For det gør jeg skam! Det var med ambivalente følelser, at jeg endte med at reservere 6 billetter til de garvede filmentusiastiske redaktionsmedlemmer fra Langkaer Life. Efter et par intense timer i biografsalen slog dørene op, og ud kom seks tilfredse, og måske en smule forskrækkede – nogle mere end andre – redaktionsmedlemmer. IT er den første gyser jeg har set på det store lærred, og det bliver nok ikke den sidste! Filmen er spækket med jumpscares, blod i lange baner og størstedelen af de vellidte horror-elementer, men der var nu alligevel én ting, der skilte sig ud. Den var sjov! IT brillerer på mange punkter, men især den humoristiske og knap så uhyggelige tilgang til genren formåede at fange min opmærksomhed, hvilket er derfor, at jeg klart vil anbefale de mindre hardcore gyser-seere til at se filmen."

~ Thomas Kaae, 3.v


It er anderledes fra andre gysere for det første fordi plottet rent faktisk er sammenhængende, og der ikke er blod all over the place (udover et par af scenerne). Udover det er It god til, på sin egen måde, at gøre lidt grin med de klassiske gyserelementer og samtidig holde sig fra dem (til dels), hvilket bidrager til, at man ikke bruger to timer på at  sidde med følelsen af, at man har set det hele før. Dog er filmen fuld af jumpscares, som alle gysere skal være, men det betød dog også, at jeg nok missede ¼ af filmen (men det, jeg så, var godt). Dog er der også scener i filmen med dialog, der faktisk er sjov, hvilket jeg finder meget atypisk for gysere. Det bidrager dermed også til, at It har en rød tråd gennem hele handlingen, som man faktisk følger med i, fremfor andre gysere, hvor man basically betaler for at blive forskrækket 67 gange i træk på 2 timer.

Jeg vil gerne se It igen, dog ville jeg nok foretrække den i min egen stue, hvor jeg kan tænde lyset, holde pauser og ikke betale mega overpris for popcorn."

~ Astrid Ry Vestergaard, 3.i

Redaktionen på Langaer life


Langkaer Life er elevernes eget magasin, og redaktionen udgøres af elever fra alle tre uddannelser.

Medlemmer af redaktionen
Alice Truscott Bjerregaard

Ansvarshavende chefredaktør.

Lasse Tolstrup Petersen

Ansvarshavende chefredaktør.

Michelle Als Christiansen

Ansvarshavende chefredaktør.

Thomas Kaae

Ansvarshavende for sociale medier, heriblandt hjemmeside.


Astrid Ry Vestergaard

Ansvarshavende for sociale medier, heriblandt hjemmeside.


Morten Kaae

Ansvarshavende for layout af skolebladet.


Vivyan Yan Mygil
Maria Rosdahl

Ansvarshavende for instagram.



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