Encouraging geekiness and combatting sexism

My two-year-old loves superheroes. He has books about and toys of Spiderman, Ironman, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, and many others. He doesn’t understand gender yet. So when we play, he assigns mommy’s role as both Storm and Hulk. On any given day, I can be either Cyclops or Marvel Girl.

He’s at a great age and I don’t want to screw things up…any more than I have to. Coming from a non-geeky upbringing, the comic world seems so sexist to begin with. What to do when a child chooses their passion? Let them and try to correct when needed.

When we read about the X-Men, we tell him they’re called the X-Heroes. This might confuse him a bit, but I sure don’t want pass along some nomenclature that was the norm for Stan Lee in 1963. Hopefully, he will see the use of “men” for “people” as an archaic and out-dated way of describing us all.

Small steps.


About scotmarvin

Scot is a content strategist for Oracle. He's a slacker and smartass involved in content design, content architecture, big data, cloud computing, and other buzzwords related to technical stuff. He loves his family, history books, jazz guitar, and the Minnesota Vikings. Scot is a proud father, so don't make the mistake of asking about his family unless you have four hours to listen to him ramble on about his kids.
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