[Parents should] recommend some books with female leads that your son would enjoy reading. If your next question is “Why?,” then ask your daughter why she liked Harry Potter. She might say it was a good story, great characters, and a fantastic world. Who cares if the main character was a boy? In fact, girls will pick up a book with a hero or heroine equally. According to my excellent librarian resources, boys will actively avoid books with a girl as the main character. What’s the problem? I have no idea.
Why should you encourage your son to read books with heroines? That’s easy. You want your son to grow up knowing that a strong female for a friend, wife or boss is normal and good."
Rebecca Angel, Great Heroines for Boys (Wired, 27 Mar 2012)
I have this distinct memory of beginning the storytelling journey at the age of 14, and being so incredibly proud of myself when I came up with my first story with a male protagonist. In my head, it meant I was finally treading into the land of ‘mature literature’ rather than young adult novels, which is of course the only thing that stories with female protagonists can aspire to be. Obviously I know better now, but that’s only because I had the good luck to have feminist friends. I wonder how many people grow up thinking that the male is default or naturally more poignant? A lot of them, I’d bet.
Everybody should just shut down their computers and read a book. This is the funniest thing (from Twitter’s #MuslimRage page) anyone will say on the internet all week.