Jude, Karenna, and the Gender Paradox

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I've mentioned before about Jude's self-imposed definitions of gender.

He, as well as anything he or any other male owns, has, makes, does, wears, and so on, cannot be pretty or beautiful.  He insists they are handsome.

Conversely, his sister Karenna, as well as anything else she or any other female owns, has, makes, does, wears, and so on, cannot be handsome--watching Jane Austen with Karenna and I would drive him crazy for this reason.  He insists they are pretty or beautiful.

I honestly don't know where he got this.  (An older relative?  An older child?  A preschool teacher?)


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So this evening Karenna, who loves to draw and is obsessed with making everything perfect and precise, made a stormtrooper drawing (left) which was great for a five-year-old.  It turns out, she traced the outline, then filled in the details.

Then I shopwed her how artists break something they can't trace down into basic shapes and refine it with a pencil.  We used one of Jude's Darth Vader action figures.  


At first she was frustrated because her's was not exactly like mine on the first try, but I told her she did a great job and then I reminded her again about practicing and how each try makes her better.

Her second try was awesome (right).  I high-fived her and we told Chris about it at the dinner table.

"Chris, you should see Karenna's Darth Vader drawing. It's beautiful!" I said.

"No, it not!" Jude said, "It's handsome!"

"Jude, I thought Karenna's art is beautiful?"

"Darth Vader is handsome!  He has a cape and a lightsaber."

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