The Gender Games

| Learning | February 7, 2015

(I’m in creative writing, and we are editing each other’s stories. I am an outdoors loving, adventurous girl, though most of my classmates don’t know this because I am very shy as well.)

Student #1: *turns to Student #2* “Oh, my god, I just realized your main character’s a guy!  He just seemed so girlish!”

Student #2: “Don’t feel bad. That’s happened to me, too, like when I thought Katniss was a boy.”

Student #3: “Yeah, I thought she was a guy, too. I mean, she was always hunting and taking care of her family and doing all that awesome stuff!”

Me: “Wait, so let me get this straight: you think girls can’t be tough and independent and aren’t good at fending for themselves?”

All Three Students: “Yeah.”

Me: *facepalm*

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