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.