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I was just reading [personal profile] veleda_k's great post on gender in The Lego Movie and commenting on how I worry about how messages like this affect my kids, but it put me in mind of a more hopeful recent gender moment with my son.

I've been reading him The Lord of the Rings, and we came across some line (I don't remember exactly) like whoever has the Ring, it will corrupt "him":

Son: Who's "him"?

Me: Whoever gets the Ring, whoever possesses it.

Son: But it could be a woman.

Me: That's true, but this older English from a time when "he" meant any random person, including women.

(Son looks at me like both I and the world are insane.)

Me: One day I will show you the Blake's 7 episode where Avon uses "he" (actually "his") to refer to a group of one man and two women.

(Son looks even more dubious.)

(Mom's heart is profoundly encouraged.)

Date: 2017-07-21 08:21 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
I am also profoundly encouraged! Thank you for sharing this!

Date: 2017-07-22 12:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vilakins
You're a great parent!

Which episode was that? B7 was generally (with the egregious exception of the three Steed-written eps) pretty good with their strong women.

Date: 2017-07-22 06:38 am (UTC)
vilakins: Comic-style Vila with a gun and annoyed expression (cross)
From: [personal profile] vilakins
Yet singular "their" has been used since Chaucer. No excuse for that sort of mindless sexism, unless he was being pointed about Vila.

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