The default human

Just a little, I’ve started to notice a shift away from a male being the default human in media. Perhaps it is just my wishful thinking, but I noticed it again today when I was looking at a hiking brochure for a park in Florida.

This is one portion of the brochure:


Of the seven humans pictured, six of them are female, or at least present female gender signals. (The people on the horses are harder to discern as the photo is so small, but probably 95%+ of Americans would identify them as women without a second glance or thought.) More importantly, the two most-easily discernible people are obviously female.

I don’t know the gender of the bird.

It’s a government-produced brochure so I suspect that gives it a better chance of equitability, but still, is this progress? I think so.