‘They’re Closin’ Up Girl Land’: Female Masculinities in Children’s Fantasy
This essay examines gender confusion or the testing of gender rules and roles which exist in fantasy fiction geared towards children. The novels discussed in the essay demonstrate “the constructedness of gender,” and seem to suggest that because anyone can be masculine (including girls and women), men shouldn’t be thought of as better than women, at least in the realm of masculinity. Of course, if fantasy rewards those who constantly strive to be masculine, thus keeping a good amount of “distance from femininity” (as if there is something wrong with being feminine), it would be safe to say that “masculine tyranny” would ensue, as well as sexist ideas.
Balay, Anne. “‘They’re Closin’ Up Girl Land’: Female Masculinities in Children’s Fantasy.” FemSpec 10.2 (2010): 5- 23.