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The Girl Hero: Where is she leading us?

For centuries since the male takeover of theology, society and industry, there has been an established precedent of young girls leading us through the darkness (whether that darkness is emotional, intellectual, or philosophical).

In Western literature, the female hero--those like Alice, Dorothy, Katherine Bennet, and, more recently Beatrix Kiddo, Merida, and Charlie (of JJ Abrams' & Jon Favreau's "Revolution")--has been on a quest to find...well, ultimately, herself.

I'm always in favor of girl heros...but without respect and clearly defined goals, where is she taking us?

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