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giandujakiss ([personal profile] giandujakiss) wrote2016-12-19 06:51 pm

I'll probably go see Gifted because soft dad Chris Evans is kind of irresistible but

am I the only person who thinks the story feels different if you imagine it's a boy child instead of a girl child? Like, would we think it's noble for a father figure to insist that a prodigy boy not get the best education so that the boy can have his childhood? Or is that something we only say about girls?

I mean, there's plenty of evidence that early on, girls and boys have the same interest in math, and that girls tend to drop out in part because they aren't pressured to continue - when they say they want to stop, adults let them, and but adults push boys to carry on.

I think it was Katrina vanden Heuvel who wrote that it's only with girls where we say, "Well, you can go off to cure cancer, or you can be a wife and mother - it's your choice." We never present these as choices for boys.

The premise of Gifted seems to fall into the same category for me.
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[personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart 2016-12-20 04:25 am (UTC)(link)
I recall wondering at Little Man Tate why the child had to be a boy.
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[personal profile] grammarwoman 2016-12-20 07:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Hm. I think it's kind of a fraught question all around.

Toxic masculinity would seem to enforce that little boys are encouraged only in physical pursuits, with intellectual ones being too "sissy" (or other feminine gendered insult of your choice). It would be different if instead of Soft Dad Evans, we had a gifted female mother figure instead, for whom raising a gifted little girl would be an opportunity to open all the doors that had been closed in her own childhood.

From the trailers, it appears that the deceased parent wasn't gifted, and neither is Evans, so it's more of a focus on "What do I do with this kid who is totally different than me?" with a Hollywood view of extreme giftedness that has no relation to how it actually works.

Bah, sorry for rambling.