AHAHAHA OH MY GOD YOUR MOM WATCHES THE PARADE IN YOUR HONOUR FOR BECOMING POKEMON LEAGUE CHAMPION AND SAVING THE WORLD ON TV???
Your mom handed you an empty red ball and a change of clothes and said “Okay, honey, you’re ten, go get a pet monster from a man you’ve never met and try not to die, okay?” No food. No water. No tears.
Not A+ Parent of the Year is what I’m saying here.
“We are surrounded by gender lore from the time we are very small. It is ever-present in conversation, humor, and conflict, and is called upon to explain everything from driving styles to food preferences. Gender is embedded so thoroughly in our beliefs, and our desires, that it appears to us to be completely natural. The world swarms with ideas about gender— and these ideas are so commonplace that we take it for granted that they are true, accepting common adage as scientific fact…. It is precisely because gender seems natural, and beliefs about gender seem to be obvious truth, that we need to step back and examine gender from a new perspective. Doing this requires that we suspend what we are used to and what feels comfortable, and question some of our most fundamental beliefs. This is not easy.”—Penelope Eckert and Sally McConnel-Ginet, Language and Gender, Chapter 1: “Constructing, Deconstructing, and Reconstructing Gender” (via sociolab)