Off-the-Cuff: Dec 13, 2017

I am ruminating on the idea of women as avengers. When I use this word with some of my fellow authors to describe my female lead characters, we inevitably get into strong disagreements. They think I mean in the mold of a Robin Hood or a Batman, and truthfully, I do borrow generously from those tropes (e.g. tool belts and helping the poor) BUT I am having my female characters do it their way, whatever feels appropriate for that particular character. I am claiming the right to call Molly Flanagan, Eleanor Barrette, and a host of other women to come, as avengers because they are committed to joining with others to do what is right, not expeditious, or solely for personal gain.

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