15 thoughts on ““Posters for girls”

  1. Great posters! Except for the maverick one – that word will forevermore bring to mind a most obnoxious, selfish, self-proclaimed maverick whose name you all can guess I am sure. Definitely NOT a good role model.

  2. I’m actually quite frightened by ‘I am wild’. Not sure that’s such a good one for the bedroom wall! Having said that, I was definitely less sensitive as a child.

  3. I especially like the “i am a maverick” one. I share j’s astute concern about it in the first comment above, though I think more noble mavericks need the attention they deserve, and (we need) the good deeds such mavericks can often encourage in others.

    This has me thinking about starting a post on our (and/or good) role models.

  4. I love these! I especially like the ‘I can save myself’ one. I want it on my wall! I had the same reaction as ‘faulty reasoning’ – ‘I am wild’ scares me a bit, but I would probably have loved it as a child.

  5. How about an optimistic, future poster with a rendering of Rachel Carson – one of my adolescent and lifetime (moral, ethical, and other) heroes – in some sort of nature setting, that says something like “i help save the world”?

  6. or, a variation on “i help save the world”, maybe “i protect the world” (still with a rendering of Carson in a nature setting, or some such thing…).

  7. But why oh why does she need a sword or a jet (and I assume an army) to be powerful? Why the implication of violence at all? Still better than Disney, but why just settle for making male heroes female?

  8. I agree too edible. Rachel Carson accomplished her incredible work without anything like swords or jets (and her legacy, to be sure, is at odds with how jets – consumer and military – are manufactured and especially used).

  9. Why are all the images of female strength either martial or monstrous? The posters are cute and the sentiment heartening, but is this really a good thing?

  10. edible_animal and Mark Eli Kalderon seem certainly to express serious concerns. May I ask whether my modified suggestions (the posters/images depicting Carson or Fossey, for instance) mitigate these and related concerns? Just for another example, how about someone wearing surgeon/medical garb, perhaps beside a patient reading a chart or measuring vitals with a caption that says something like, “I am a doctor”, or “I help keep people healthy”?

  11. Aren’t they following the story lines and conventions of fairy tales? These are women in traditional male roles, though updated in one instance. We might criticize the genre, but that would be another task. The task here seems to be to appropriate the genre.

    (I say this having above criticize one of them; I don’t like the jet one. It’s too close to evil that we are doing.)

  12. Good point jj.

    My narrow mind worries that often we buy into too much when we appropriate many genres. My narrow mind wishes for new genres, or more attention to neglected ones.

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