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  10. by a Taken In Hand reader on 2004 Nov 25 - 01:38 | reply to this comment
  11. Heroines and monsters
  12. Well, it's true there are fewer stories with women heroes, but that doesn't make them any less valid as myths than the ones with males doing the monster slaying etc. The myth of Durga is, after all, one of the most important myths of one of the most important world religions.
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  14. I've just never found stories with passive heroines very appealing. When I was a child, I always prefered the fairy tales with kick-ass heroines, and I devoured girls comics that were full of stories about girl detectives, spies, treasure hunters, French Resistance members (dear Mamzelle X, she was my favourite). Even today,I still prefer stories with adventurous heroines. The image of the passive woman just doesn't appeal to me, and I don't think it's any more valid than the image of the active woman.
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  16. But then fear isn't an appealing emotion for me at all, I don't like being afraid of anything, and tend rather to admire heroines who can overcome fear themselves rather than waiting for a man to come and rescue them.
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  18. And exceptions don't prove rules, they test them, that was the original meaning of the word 'prove' when that saying was coined (see The Mother Tongue, by Bill Bryson).
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  20. by Louise C on 2004 Nov 25 - 06:10 | reply to this comment
  21. Almost perfect, but not quite
  22. I just read it, wonderful poem, and so true. It's absolutely right, nothing in life is ever perfect, wait for perfection and you'll wait forever.
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