It’s funny how the web and a inquiring mind can take you on an interesting journey. One minute you’re reading about writing ideas and half an hour later you’re knee deep in misogynist ranting.
I read with extreme interest a post on Writers in the Storm (my favourite writing blog) by Laurie Schnebly Campbell about the ‘heroine’s journey’, a companion to the ‘hero’s journey’. Actually, I had never heard of the heroine’s journey before and after reading the post did what every gen-y girl will do when their interest is peeked, I googled it.
This led me to a post by Sarah Perlmutter about why she doesn’t like the heroines journey concept. Her take on the heroine’s journey was different to Campbell’s, my understanding of Perlmutter’s point of view was that it was an unnecessary distinction based on gender, where as Campbell saw the two concepts as being external-conflict vs internal-conflict. Personally I found Campbell’s analysis more helpful.
Perlmutter’s post lead me to a post by Quintus Curtius on Return of Kings. The premise of his post was that women are, by nature, weak at best and cowardly at worst, and that portrayals of woman as heroic or in positions of leadership in fiction are implausible and contrary to a woman’s true, innate, nature.
I’ll be honest, it was the sort of writing that has the power to make your insides shiver. I had no doubt of the passion and conviction behind his words. Such misogyny is as frightening as the misandry found in some women’s speech and writing.
What was interesting for me was the differences between people’s perception of gender and it’s role. Even in this tiny sample found in a half hour spent fiddling around on the net, they varied wildly.
What was more interesting was where you can go and what you find with a little bit of curiosity.