Little Brother and the Genderless Monster.
Recently, my nine-year-old little brother had a short story assignment on monsters for his third grade class. For the short story he had to make up a monster that fit a few parameters like: a certain shape, color, etc and then of course, write a story about his creation.
When he got the assignment back, my mother was shocked to see that he did VERY poorly (normally little bro is a very good student). Immediately looking to read the comments next to the grade, I saw that he lost most of the points for not referring to his monster as a he/she. Instead, he decided to refer to it as “it.” Having a gender assignment was not one of the specified requirements.
Does this bother anyone else? I have a very strong desire to go down to that school of his and teach his teachers a little something about gender theory . . . and mythical creatures. Bah. Well, I won’t actually do THAT, but I will attempt damage control with little bro. I wonder if he would have lost just as many points for a none gendered robot?
Looking back at my own childhood experience, I still remember assigning genders to colors and numbers (just like some foreign languages and I can still recite their assignments for you). I used to think this was a really funny stupid fact about myself when I was younger, but now I’m starting to wonder why I decided to do that in the first place.