Holiday Letters = Progressive Trends + Gender Parity and Power?
lives within cards and letters for a while now. They almost are like the old portrait paintings, where you were pictured with your favorite objects that described to the future who you were by the things you liked. Here, we have pictures with kids and musical instruments, families on trips, and all the trappings of “who we are” in evidenced pictures.
- Is this a strange reflection of the gender bias in the role of holiday card creator? In my family and in many of the families I know, the wife in a duo is socially expected to create the card, update the list, add the handwritten notes, and get the darned things mailed out. She, in essence, becomes the family narrator. Here, two lovely ladies have taken that narration to a deeper level, providing (not flattering) holiday context to the letter.Power grab? Acting out? Attempting to add humor? All three? 🙂
- I had thought it to be a Facebook status warping of a non-Facebook medium, but then realized that neither of the women are active Facebook users.However, has Facebook and all of this constant update dialog changed the nature of the holiday letter? For many people, I know a lot of this information about them already from their posts and photos uploaded.