So I’m a boy…

So I’m a boy…

If you don’t know, I’m a big fan of Maggie Stiefvater.  The lady has a magical way with words reserved for people who are gifted enough to use them in the right order.  I read a post of hers the other day entitled “So.  I See I’m a Girl. :/” where she discusses growing up reading books/watching movies that lacked female characters who exhibited what might be considered to be male attributes: swagger, toughness, humor–strength.  She says it much better than me, and I don’t want to warp her words or put new ones in her mouth (please just read her post), but the gist is that the attributes she most admired were reserved for men.  And she envied them.

Now, let me say.  I love Puck, Katniss, Tris.  Strong, independent female characters who don’t give ground to their male counterparts–who don’t need to.  But–puts hands in pockets and shrugs–I’m a dude.  Growing up in my neighborhood, <enter get off my yard mode> before 2″ x 3″ screens or handheld controllers kept kids off the yard </end mode> all the kids played outside.  Now there were plenty of girls in my neighborhood, and they could sword fight with the best of them, but there were times when, being a dude, I wanted to re-enact a scene from Star Wars–not THAT scene–I wanted to take the girl in my arms and swing her to safety.  (The part of the cables was played by a jumprope attached to a swing set sans the swings.)  The point is I wanted a girl to save.  A part of me needed that.  Didn’t have anything to do with a girl not being capable of doing it herself.  There were some girls I knew were capable of slinging me over a shoulder and jumping to the other side, but I totally get that some ladies dream of kicking butt and slugging it out, and I write characters like that because I like them too, but there are also times when, as a dude, I want to save them.  I think part of we of the other chromosome need that.

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