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Sheroes: Is it really so strange for the girl to save the day?

    When someone says the word "hero", what comes to mind? What does a hero look like? You probably think of strength, power, a fighter, or maybe someone who relies on their fierce intelligence and intuition (think "Spidey-sense") to rise above the challenge. If someone was to ask you to name some heroes, we think of a webslinger or Man of Steel. It just comes so much easier in the mind's eye. We see them everywhere, donning capes and costumes, rescuing women from evil villains or disasters. It is the same story time and time again, the same movie, T.V. show, or video game being fed to and eaten up by the masses.

     It is shameful how easy it is to give the reasons why it is difficult to imagine a "shero": "Because boys are stronger." "Because girls can't...." This is unnacceptable.When are we going to challenge the norm and ask the question, "why not?" Why can't the hero of my story look like me? Why can't the hero of my story save the day and be a girl?

    While there are strong women who kick-butt and star in their own franchises, such as Alice, of Resident Evil fame, the hero game is undeniably dominated by musclebound macho-men. What can we do to change that? We as women are the very definition of strength and power. We persevere, despite great odds. The world is not always receptive or ready to accept fierce ladies at the helm of society, but we are ready. This is something I hope the youth of this and future generations realize. You are ready to lead, and you have the power. 


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