Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Let's Keep Talking

I'm glad Shannon Hale keeps this conversation going which is why I always link to the posts. Let's keep talking about this.


What conversations do you want to keep going?

4 comments:

  1. Good link, and subject. Yep, there are pressures from your male peers in the school environment. There's is a sexism and group dynamics at play. I was raised in a household of women growing up, but went to public school. Likely, there is a comfort I have with being around females (from the former) versus being around males (due to the latter). Yet, I think Shannon key point came at the end:

    "Though sometimes those instructions aren’t subtle at all. Recently at a signing, a family had all my books. The mom had me sign one of them for each of her children. A 10-year-old boy lurked in the back. I’d signed some for all the daughters and there were more books, so I asked the boy, “Would you like me to sign one to you?” The mom said, “Yeah, Isaac, do you want her to put your name in a girl book?” and the sisters all giggled."

    It's not just the boys that were indoctrinated, but also the girls. I doubt they would have giggled in that situation without it.

    Thanks, Rachel.

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  2. You reiterate an excellent point: this is a societal problem not a "boy" problem. We all feed in to this system and if we are not careful we will keep it up and running rather than dismantling it. And that would be a shame.

    Another related post: http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/teacozy/2012/07/27/boy-books-or-girl-books/

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  3. And, if you're not already aware, I've tagged you for a Liebster Award, my friend.

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  4. Oh how cool! Thank you! As you can probably guess I will be slow in catching up - my digital life has been practically non-existent of late. Can't quite figure out where all the time is going but it appears the webbie is what is getting short shrift lately.

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