Confessions from the Classroom
Chapter 7. “I Will Whip My Hair” and “Hold My Bow”: Gender Creativity in Rural Ontario
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“I WILL WHIP MY HAIR” AND “HOLD MY BOW”
Gender Creativity in Rural Ontario
It is time to hear from the gender creative students of rural Ontario, those most affected by narrow thinking about gendered possibilities. Gender creative youth live in rural spaces, inhospitable or otherwise. They are experts in the cultural norms of their towns and in the potential consequences of gender transgressions. I will place their insights in conversation with the popular novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, because as I read the narrative, I found the knowledge closely aligned with the voices of the participants in my study. Brought together, I believe they offer parents, educators, and community members tools for supporting rural gender creative youth. In particular, I will (1) provide critical understandings of the complexity of rural gender creativity, (2) suggest the importance of the use of The Hunger Games as a source of recognition and empowerment of rural gender creativity, and (3) advocate for a curriculum where youth are encouraged to speak, write, and create; they can’t depend on distorted rural representation, and they need to put their own lives on the map.
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