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Celebrating Women Who Dare
I came across this community while looking for communities interested in The Ballad of Tam Lin.

I have an adoration of heroines and I am often quite giddy at the notion that there might be a kick-ass woman instead of a man.

My first ever heroine was probably Xena. (Yes, yes, I was 12, leave me be. :P)

My most recent one is probably Janet from the Tam Lin ballad.

If we're going for heroines in novels? Sabriel and Lirael from Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy. And Eowyn from LOTR. Loved Arwen, but Eowyn was an ass-kicker. (can i say that?)
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One of my heroines died last night.

Washington Post: Governor, Activist Ann Richards dies from cancer
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Iran has Outlawed Shirin Ebadi's Organization:

I previously wrote about one of my personal heroines, Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel Prize laureate and advocate for children's and women's rights in Iran and Muslim countries around the world, in a heroine_addicts post a little while back: link to Shirin Ebadi post.

Well, it looks like that nutjob leader of Iran (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, famous for his denial the Holocaust took place and his call for Israel to be wiped off the map) has outlawed the Center for the Defense of Human Rights, which Ms. Ebadi cofounded.

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If you've seen the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie, you know that Elizabeth Swann finally gets the chance to truly bust out of her corsets and live the pirate life she's always dreamed of. She takes decisive, aggressive action to pursue her desires, which includes saving the man she loves.

She also makes at least one major decision that I think displays emotional and moral cowardice. If you have not seen the movie, I don't want to spoil it. If you have seen the movie, you know exactly what I mean.

So my question is this: at the end of Dead Man's Chest, is Elizabeth Swann a heroine?

I can see valid arguments both ways.

I'll leave my personal thoughts in comments.

There will no doubt be spoilers in the comments, so don't read the discussion if you haven't seen the movie yet.

Current Mood: curious curious

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1. Your real first name: Jerie
2. Your geographical location: Southeast Michigan, USA
3. Age: not telling :)
4. Occupation: Application Engineer
5. Dream job: Pilot
6. Cause most passionate about: Equal opportunities for girls and women.
7. What's your best personality characteristic?: Good Listener
8. What's your worst?: Laziness
9.Favorite Fictional Heroines: Samantha Carter (Stargate SG-1), Capt. Kathryn Janeway (Star Trek: Voyager), Xena and Gabrielle (Xena: Warrior Princess), Dana Scully (X-Files), Kira Nerys (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
10. Favorite Non-Fictional Heroines: Amelia Earhart, Madame Curie, Helen Keller, Corrie ten Boom, Golda Meir, Mother Theresa, Chris Evert, Nancy Lopez,
11. Favorite Girl-Power Movies: Fried Green Tomatoes, Beaches

Hi All! Nice to find this community. I posted about loving Warrior Women not too long ago. Some of you might like it.
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I just found the community anne_bonney -- named after the famous female pirate.

The community is dedicated to living up to the Anne Bonney Pact: doing one thing every day to make your adrenaline pump.

Adrenaline rushes aren't the same thing as heroism, but I'm sure that my capacity for heroism will increase the more I take risks, stretch myself, and/or embrace excitement in my everyday life.

But there is heroism there too. One of the recent entries at is about a woman standing up to a bunch of obnoxious men at her gym, and having them back down. Sounds like a heroine to me!

Current Mood: excited excited

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Last night, I was at Barnes and Noble, and my husband made an observation, an I can't help with agree with him.

It came in two parts:
a) There seem to be more heroines in SF&F literature. Yay!
b) Most of those heroines follow the typical formula of poor/abused/abandoned girl done good. Boo.

Now, that doesn't make it either unenjoyable OR badly written, I should add. But it does pigeonhole books with female protaganists, and that's not a good thing. And I suppose it's not a new thing, really, but an increase in heroines has probably made it more pronounced.

Has anyone else observed this?

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Hello all, someone new has crept in!

I discovered this community by chance, loved the concept and thouraghly enjoyed reading previous posts. 

1. Your real first name: Jodie
2. Your geographical location: Midlands, England
3. Age: 16
4. Occupation: Student and Waitress
5. Dream job: Author, journalist or photographer.
6. Cause most passionate about: Human rights, women's rights, animal rights, cultural awareness and the eradication of any discrimination.
7. What's your best personality characteristic?: Passionate, idealistic, indivualistic and naturally curious.
8. What's your worst?: Scattiness and laziness
9. Favorite Fictional Heroines: Elizabeth Bennett, Jane Eyre, Jo March and many others that I can't think of....
10. Favorite Non-Fictional Heroines: Emily Pankhurst, Boadicca, Elizabeth I, Emily Davidson, Boudicca, Maire Curie,  Joan of Arc, Josephine Butler, Florence Nightingale, Mother Teresa, Amma, my maternal Grandmother and many others...

So hey all :)
I was just wondering who you all thought was one of the most important and influential figures in the Women's Rights movement? Obvioulsy one of the most famous is Emily Pankhurst, but I was wondering what your views were.
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Shirin Ebadi:
(left) Ms. Ebadi recieving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 (She became the first Muslim woman to win this award, and one of only 33 women who have recieved a Nobel Prize in any category)

As per qos's suggestion, I decided to expand upon the life of Shirin Ebadi, one of the heroines I chose for my intro post.

Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, judge, author, professor, lecturer, an advocate of democracy, and a human rights activist whose primary focus has been on the rights of children and women living in Muslim societies.

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Hi, I joined this community a little while ago, but couldn't find the time to post until now.

I'm a college student currently working on a piece of historical fiction loosely based on the work of RAWA, a women's rights organization in Afghanistan. One of my goals for the book is to write strong heroines (since the relative dearth of them compared to the number of heroic men depicted in literature has always irritated me.)

I love this idea for a community, and have enjoyed reading the previous posts.

That said, here's my intro:

1. Your real first name: Laura
2. Your geographical location: US- Tucson, Arizona (where I attend college) and Greenwich, CT (where my family lives)
3. Age: 24
4. Occupation: College Student
5. Dream job: Published author also (prefferably novelist)
6. Cause most passionate about: All human rights issues- women's rights, minority rights, civil rights for gay people, etc.
7. What's your best personality characteristic?: Passionate, idealistic, intellectually curious
8. What's your worst?: Poor time management skills, can take things too seriously,
9. Favorite Fictional Heroines: Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice), Jane Eyre, Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon's character in the movie Bull Durham), Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings series, too many others to name...
10. Favorite Non-Fictional Heroines: Joan of Arc, Eleanor Roosevelt, Meena (founder of the Revolutionary Association of Women in Afghanistan), Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Simone de Beauvoir, Hellen Keller, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Betty Friedan, Anne Hutchinson, Aung San Suu Kyi, Emma Goldman (although I'm not an anarchist), Shirin Ebadi, Mary Robinson, Bell Hooks, also too many others to name...

I'm looking forward to hearing from you all. :)
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