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Discussion of Dragonsong: Gender Roles

As this is for the book Dragonsong, we are now discussing the gender roles that are in the novel. Now, if you noticed, some of them are fixed and cannot be changed. What do you think of this, considering your world view on gender roles? Do you think there was a way for the gender roles to bend or would it have taken an act of God to do so?

Feel free to answer these questions and ask more within.

Please note, as with all discussion posts, there are spoilers within.


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Jan. 16th, 2010 10:17 am (UTC)
This is actually something that I'm more interested in discussing in the post including Dragonsinger, but I will wait on that count.

I think that the gender roles are really defined at the Hold and that it's only when you get away from the Hold that things are relaxed. Menolly running away for example, or Elgion's POV when arriving at the Hold.

I'm also interested in what people think about the firelizards in this concept. Do you think that Menolly being a girl had anything difference on the wild queen firelizard?
Jan. 16th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
I agree and we will discuss it there as well. :)

As for the wild firelizard queen and Menolly's dynamic, I think it helped more that the firelizard could feel that Menolly wanted to help. She didn't want to capture the wild queen and cage her - she just wanted to watch them in wonder.

Now, via other works I have read in the series, I do know that the queen of firelizard or dragon always goes to a female rider with one big exception - Ruth and Jaxom. But they're a special case. :D At least, I think that's the only time that it's female dragon to male dragonrider, but I'm double checking that.
Jan. 16th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
As Liz said, I know that Queens like women. And Ruth is a male dragon, as far as I know =)

I think the roles are defined so rigidly that McCaffery may have wanted an EXTREME difference for when she got to the Weyr. Such an extreme difference kind of irked me, but it was a necessary difference.

Maybe it's because Yanus is stuck in a pre-Thread thinking? Perhaps because they don't have much to do with the dragons, besides being saved by them, he can only see the roles of women as they were before they were able to ride dragons?
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