Sexism in Harry Potter with spoilers for HP4
ven at vvcrane.junglelink.co.uk
Wed Oct 4 20:46:41 EDT 2000
> What I found most interesting about the article was a point that
> Shoefer makes on the third page: "Surely, it is girls' ability to mentally
> morph into boy's characters that enables them to enjoy the story. True,
> this practice conditions our mental dexterity, perhaps even our empathic
> ability. But boys, who are never expected to read "girls' books" (meaning
> books that feature a female protagonist) don't seem to require this kind
> of training." If Harry Potter had been a girl, would boys be reading
> these books? Why is Harry a male?
I was lucky enough to seee Lois McMasters Bujold
on a panel with James White (Hospital Station books) about
Heroes. A strange thing happened JW fulsomely praised LMB for
her portrayal of Miles, saying he was a wonderful insightful creation
and just what a hero should be. Then he moved on to discussing
his own books and said he could never have had a female hero
because as a man he couldn't, and couldn't be expected to, write
from the point of view of the opposite sex. In fact he didn't think it
could be done. He then seemed unable to grasp the contradiction --
that he had just been praising LMB for doing that very thing.
Maybe he thought it was just obvious that his stricture only applied
Incidentally in Cordelia's Honour LMB writes one of the best female
heroes I've ever seen, and with a baby quite literally in tow!
You are trapped in that bright moment where you learned your doom.
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