I’m always amazed at how sweet and gentle and submissive people think it is when a little girl declares she wants to be a mommy or a teacher, etc. when she grows up. Scientifically proving, of course, that girls want to be nurturers rather than powerful in their own right. Um, mommies and teachers are demi-gods when you’re little. What I was saying was, “I want to tell people what to do, and have them be obliged to obey me.”
I imagine many other little girls are saying the same thing.
Afterthought: of course, the bossyboots trope has it’s own gender-role problems.
Addendum: thoughtful post over at Shakespeare’s Sister on sexism in language and signage aka the default male.
Categories: gender & feminism