Unpacking saviorism & arrogance with kidlit
In this book collection, we’re teaching our kids to identify, name, and analyze microaggressions that target and denigrate people with lived experience. Kids getting all paternalistic toward people with decades of expertise. NICE AND OBVIOUS. Let’s explore youth saviors!
Practice #1: Watch your language.
First – let’s look at the ageist language we toss around on TV, kid’s media, and casual conversation.
When I type words like batty, poor, doddering, foolish, and frumpy into Google, ‘old‘ is the first word that auto-fills the search.
- Poor old dear – she’s just confused.
- Don’t mind Grandma, she’s stuck in the past.
- She’s such a Sunday driver.
- What a sweet little old lady!
- Must be having a senior moment!
Feeble. Frail. Brittle. Forgetful. Cranky old coot. Greedy old biddies. Senior moment. OK Boomer.
As the years pass, we internalize some nasty bias against our future selves. No wonder we see getting older as a problem. No wonder we try to avoid it.
No wonder we sub-divide ourselves as we age to avoid identifying as ‘old.’ If getting ‘old’ means our voice gets turned down, tone-policed, and overlooked – who would want that?