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10 December 2005

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Dan

Funny, I've always had pretty good service at the red-walled foreign film place. Fun that you got some interest for the cowpunk book, though! One copy of it went off to Scotland in a birthday present, and we're a few chapters into the other copy in the house read-aloud series.

It would be possible to say that *people* can do a lot of more interesting things in those kind of books, and it would be true, but being more specific can reveal a different, more meaningful kind of truth sometimes.

Tim

Let's hear it for women doing interesting things! (And thanks for showing my book to people.)

Jackie M.

but being more specific can reveal a different, more meaningful kind of truth sometimes

about what you think you can't do?

Dan

Jackie: I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but, hey, I'm not exactly what I mean either. Just trying to say something about how expanding the imaginations of what women can do is not merely a subset of expanding the same for "people." It's been said before, but it seemed like a good time to say it again.

Jackie M.

And: Well, I'm not entirely sure what I meant, either! But I think you pretty much said most of it.

I find that even though I've expended considerable effort trying not to limit my expectations of the capabilities and ambitions of both myself and the women around me, I still have these strong, generalized prejudices. For example, I have to make a pointed effort to ask "how do I fix this lamp," instead of "when are you going to fix this lamp, already?"

Then something special happens... like Danica Patrick almost winning in Indianapolis, or a bunch of burly men moving our washer/dryer asking one of my girlfriends to please show them how to tie a proper sailor knot... and all of sudden I realize that I never expected that a woman could ever actually play that role. And then I start to wonder if I could do it, too?

Is that the sort of thing you were talking about?

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