Las Citas de la Semana


"No puede decir que lo haya comprendido todo. Probablemente, ahora está más confuso que nunca. Pero todos esos momentos que ha contemplado... algo ha sucedido. Los momentos parecen cosas físicas en su mente, como piedras. Al arrodillarse, acercándose a la más cercana, pasando su mano por ella, descubre que es suave y está ligeramente fría.

Comprueba el peso de la piedra; ve que puede levantarla, y también las otras. Puede colocarlas juntas para crear unos cimientos, un dique, un castillo.

Para construir un castillo del tamaño adecuado necesitará muchas piedras. Pero con lo que tiene ya, parece un comienzo aceptable."

Braid

martes, 24 de diciembre de 2013

Bilbo Baggins is a girl

My 5-year-old insists that Bilbo Baggins is a girl.

The first time she made this claim, I protested. Part of the fun of reading to your kids, after all, is in sharing the stories you loved as a child. And in the story I knew, Bilbo was a boy. A boy hobbit. (Whatever that entails.)

But my daughter was determined. She liked the story pretty well so far, but Bilbo was definitely a girl. So would I please start reading the book the right way? I hesitated. I imagined Tolkien spinning in his grave. I imagined mean letters from his testy estate. I imagined the story getting as lost in gender distinctions as dwarves in the Mirkwood.

Then I thought: What the hell, it’s just a pronoun. My daughter wants Bilbo to be a girl, so a girl she will be. And you know what? The switch was easy. Bilbo, it turns out, makes a terrific heroine. She’s tough, resourceful, humble, funny, and uses her wits to make off with a spectacular piece of jewelry. Perhaps most importantly, she never makes an issue of her gender—and neither does anyone else.

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