Okay, readers, we’ve had some easy challenges; now for a hard one.
Has anyone noticed a thematic coincidence in this issue? Nobody planned it that way, but consider the following selections and you may see they all have at least one important element in common:
That’s not the challenge; it’s too easy. In each of those stories a woman or women are the main characters or at least play crucial roles. Now for the challenge:
Why should anyone notice? Well, normally I wouldn’t, but these are the days of women’s liberation and equality — or repression and servitude, depending on where you live — and it behooves us to examine our own cultures. In grammar, the masculine form has traditionally been considered the “default” or generic option while the feminine is a special case. It’s traditionally been the same for male and female characters in literature. Take your pick:
- What images of women do we find in issue 62?
- Can the male and female roles be interchanged without changing any of the stories in any substantial way?
Now e-mail us and tell us why. Reminder: these are stories, not editorials or essays, and we can’t read anyone’s personal opinions into them.
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