Data, if not saturated,
Often are discarded.
Data that affect are fated
To be disregarded.
In my BA we were all taught
Research starts with a gap.
Sara Ahmed sparked a new thought:
Why not start with a snap?
I used a box to try to contain
Data that were troubling.
The lid came off under the strain;
Spilt, the mess was bubbling.
The focus on relaxation
Transformed into unrest.
To defend such deviation:
Put research skills to test.
Domestic violence must be stopped!
With youths’ views we will start.
Rigid gender roles must be dropped!
But kids know scripts by heart.
Girls know that they lack agency
Responding to violence.
A lesson learnt with blatancy:
They speak out yet silence.
Girls may receive, after a blue,
Band-Aids to soothe the scare.
Then taught a fairy-tale or two,
Girls become “full of care”.
Boys and girls know exactly who
Are the ones with power.
The will of boys is listened to;
Girls avoid Block Tower.
Fighting feels good the boys assert
Foes freeze on his command.
None of my friends or me get hurt;
Their confidence is grand.
By tipping out what was contained,
With Ahmed as my guide,
Insights into power are gained.
Let’s move on open-eyed.
 Ahmed (2017) discusses ‘snap’ in Living a Feminist Life
 (Ahmed, 2017, p. 24)
 This poem is drawn from the author’s PhD thesis: Cooke, E. (2021). Relaxation an unrest: A crystallization of children’s experiences in early childhood education and care [PhD dissertation]. University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
 See also. Cooke, Emma, Coles, Laetitia, Clarke, Andrew, Thorpe, Karen, and Staton, Sally (2022). Discarded data: an Ahmedian engagement with young children’s gendered accounts of violence and power. Gender and Education 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2022.2078795
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