[LMB] Books discussed at the Tea Party (not so OT here)
matt.msg at gmail.com
Thu Sep 23 19:14:54 BST 2021
On Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 2:10 PM Sylvia McIvers <sylviamcivers at gmail.com>
> Spoilers ahead, for those of you who are holding The Last Book in reserve
> Granny is gone, someone must inherit her cottage & her job. And the best
> woman for the job is... a man?
No, no, no. The best person for the job is Tiffany. The best person for
the cottage is, eventually, a man.
If you're going to write a series in which rigid gender roles are
abandoned, you're going to have examples of men taking up strictly 'female'
roles sooner or later. I am reminded of Taran objecting that dishwashing
was women's work and being gently rebuked by Coll. Not having examples of
this indicates a failure to think things through - much like the ongoing
gag about dwarves adopting 'feminine' dress styles and not realizing that
either the problem with discovering a dwarf's sex remains, or it's only
biological females who are interested in culturally-female dress styles.
But, neither Pratchett nor his fans are perfect.
> A man in a girl's job gets the most prestigious post around,
> filling Granny's shoes.
No, just her cottage. Because Tiffany decided that she needed her own
place in a different region in order to best be the Head Witch and take
care of her hometown; commuting between Granny's cottage and the Chalk was
too much, and no one could be expected to care for both areas
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