The power of “she”. March 12, 2007Posted by kblack10 in Uncategorized.
Today when I was sitting in my econ lecture listening to my professor, I noticed something that I had never really heard much before. When giving an example, he referred to the individual as “she”, contrasting the typical use “he” often used to represent a person in an example. Perhaps many may think this is miniscule and not worth mentioning, but I find it rather empowering that the use of “she” is becoming more mainstreamed. I then noticed that in my major textbooks for psychology and economics, whenever an individual is referred to in a hypothetical situation, the individual is of the female sex. Has anyone else noticed this or know exactly when the primary gender in textbooks became female?? I clearly remember being in grammar school with older textbooks that specifically were very male oriented, particularly science books. I find the usage of “she” in recent books to be liberating and enjoy knowing that “girl power” can be found in places that I hadn’t originally noticed!