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Why do I have to be the good guy when I don’t even want to!

And I even made up this game!


She suggested the game to her brother and his friends, so why can’t she assume the role of the villain? Is it because she’s a girl?


Even in her objection, she uses the language fed to her, but she’s aware enough to challenge the social norms expected of her: to be maternal, the caretaker, or the one in need of rescuing. She’s too young to articulate the root of her anger, but she instinctively knows she’s been put into a gendered box. It is energizing to witness a young child so aware and angered at the role she is expected to assume.


Why Do I Have to be the Good Guy

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