Miss Information is annoyed by androgynyAnnie Lennox, Boy George, David Bowie...Miss Information used to think androgyny was cool. Although she has always been too voluptuous to pull it off successfully herself, she has worn her grandfather's tuxedo jacket on occasion.
Well, she's not finding the gender bending thing quite so amusing this summer. Once again it is Force Your Child to Read season at the library. Miss Information has always observed these activities from a safe distance but the "not being good with children" excuse is not getting her out of it this year. Stupid nice neighbourhood branch.
The process is as follows. Child comes in. Those who aren't put off by Miss Information's scowl stammer out a request to join the FYCtR club. This is where it gets complicated. It is necessary for Miss Information to hand out a colour coded sheet based on the child's gender. Which is not always obvious. Miss Information attempts to use her librariany wiles to figure it out. Hair? Shoulder length. Clothes? T-shirts, shorts. Shoes? Crocs--orange Crocs. Damn gender neutral apparel industry. Voice? Soprano, squeaky. In desperation she asks the child's name--which is inevitably "Sam". Miss Information tries to work her face muscles into something resembling "pleasant" and gives out a blue sheet.
The library is going to have way more boys registered this year.
(Also, pink and blue registration forms???? Miss Information is so enjoying her time in the 1950s.)