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September 11th, 2013
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Her default is "she"

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Date:September 11th, 2013 03:09 pm (UTC)


When I was a kid, my favorite TV show was Mr. Dressup. I never noticed, the entire time, that the puppet Casey had no gender. I arbitrarily decided Casey was a boy, but I later learned that the show was very deliberate about never using gendered pronouns for Casey so kids could decide for themselves which one Casey was. Growing up in the early 80s, I probably thought that Casey was a boy just because s/he wore pants and not dresses due to my own bias. But learning about that was just SO COOL to me.

We read so many books to the kids that gender-flip the main characters of traditional stories and it seems to balance out the male-dominated stories. We point out the ridiculousness of gender roles in things like toy stores and halloween costume flyers and for the most part I think they get it.

I love that you made "Harriet and the Purple Crayon". We mostly use improv while reading stories to avoid violence and words like "stupid" but we've never thought to gender-flip. Lovely.
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