Comment for Emily Snook’s Reading Response on Chapter 3

***I could not post the comment on Emily’s blog for some reason so I am posting it here***

Emily’s Reading Response

It’s always interesting reading a chapter through someone else’s eyes. I too did not notice the pronoun switch. The pronouns used in texts are something that I have just started to take notice of in the last year and I still have a long way to go. I find this portion of your response especially compelling because while I may not have noticed the pronoun switch in this chapter, in other readings I have begun to take notice of pronouns more often because of a textbook that I am reading now that uses “she/her” pronouns. I am so used to only reading “you” or “he” that I took extra notice of the “she.” What does this say about society? What does this say about me? I was kind of surprised by the usage and I almost felt like it was wrong because I see it so rarely. I especially notice the she pronoun in my other textbook because sometimes the pronoun is used for a negative representation of someone. If it said he, I probably would have thought nothing of the negative representation and gender connection but the “she” had me making a mental note. Do you think if the roles were reversed, and the Pullman reading instead had “she” to describe a successful lawyer, we would have bothered to notice? Do we only notice the pronouns when we begin to fit them into the boxes that society has formed them into, i.e. man-good, women-bad?
Additionally, your discussion on punctuality and its relation to character was revealing. I have always considered punctuality as one of my top traits for determining character. I usually always leave for things excessively early to make sure I arrive on time, and at any chance that I could be late, I also usually panic. I normally judge others’ characters on whether or not they are punctual too. Your recent connection to punctuality and character highlights the different levels that people have for each “character” trait. Does this not highlight good character as something subjective? It would be hard to say no to that, but then again, it seems wrong to disagree with any of the traits that Pullman lists. Why wouldn’t we equally admire “people who own their mistakes” and “pay attention”? Does the level of importance we put on some of these traits affect character? Are some more widely accepted than others?

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