Friday, February 13, 2004

Change Can Happen 

Final update on the LesbiaNation article "Ten Tips for a Romantic and Memorable Valentine's Day" I discussed here and here.

I was back on LesbiaNation this morning, doing my usual morning rounds of the various news sites, and decided to take another look at that article. They've updated it! The gift suggestions according to gender stereotypes have been modified to:

"For the man or woman in your life, buy a locket and put a picture of yourself in it. Personalize the locket with your loved one’s initials so she’ll have something to wear that’s hers alone. Package it in a heart-shaped box or tied to fresh flowers. For your partner, a good choice is the classic sterling silver ID bracelet or cuff links with their name or initials custom-engraved."

"Give the special person in your life a personalized gift for his favorite hobby such as personalized golf or tennis balls that say, “I love you,” “You’re a hit!” or “Be mine,” or a monogrammed humidor for cigars.

Clearly a patch job, with some vestigial gender-specific gift references ("something to wear that's hers alone" and "his favorite hobby"), but if I were reading this for the first time I could certainly chalk it up to alternating pronouns to avoid really stilted prose. And now without the blatant traditional straight-mindset references in the middle, the marriage proposal suggestions at the end seem inclusive. I feel better now - how about you?

Posted by Beth Henderson at 9:17 AM