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September 11th, 2013
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Her default is "she"

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From:mrissa
Date:September 11th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
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The one that got me was when I was playing with my elder niece, when she was about 2, and she had one of the Fisher Price Little People, I think the farmer. And when she wanted to make sure she had it when we went for our walk, she said, "I need my pusson."

Because for her "person" was the default for human-shaped toys. When I was her age it was "guy." You would have your Lego guy, your Star Wars guy, whatever. And as much as I'm comfortable with "you guys" as gender neutral, "that guy" is not gender neutral in my speech or the speech of anyone I know. If you point at my mother and say, "That guy wants a piece of pie," I'm going to be confused. So it's not neutral, and while it was slightly harder for the two-year-old to enunciate "person" than "guy," it was worth it for how it balanced out things in my niece's head. For how it didn't tell her automatically that women are the marked case.
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