She-Ra and the Action Heroine

I do a lot of women characters in my stories.  When I was growing up, there wasn’t much representation for women in books, film, or TV.  Especially not for the kind of stories I liked: Action and adventure.

I wanted my characters to be part of the adventure – beyond being a victim to be rescued.  She-Ra was great for that, but there’s still been far too few of anything for women.  She-Ra was 30 years ago!

But it seems like every time the women get any of the action, the men complain, like for the upcoming Ghostbusters:

This echoes what many detractors have been saying about the film: This isn’t about misogyny, they say. Ghostbusters was my childhood. Indeed it was—but one based on a model that snuffed out alternatives in which women, just like men, could lead, fight, and prevail.

I’d tell other writers that I was writing action and adventure for women.  The women writers were all like “Cool!”  The male writers were not only derogatory; they were way over the top.  It was like it was deeply offensive that women might actually want to read about other women having adventures.

Why can’t women have action and adventure in fiction, too?

Cover for Rogue God, showing a tiki face on a surfboard.Rogue God

Anton Keymas is part of a magical Special Forces, the Vai, and blessed by a party goddess.  His mission?  Hunt monsters that no one believes in any more and try not to get killed.
But this new monster has killed two soldiers.  Now that it’s gotten a taste of human flesh, it will be back for more.
Keymas has little time to stop a monster that is intelligent and cunning.  He may have to do the one thing he has refused to do, and even that has a cost, especially when gods get involved.
** He has a woman side kick to help him with his adventuring.

3 thoughts on “She-Ra and the Action Heroine

  1. I don’t remember She-Ra; I found my role models in Andre Norton’s and James H. Schmitz’ stories. Those girls and women were tough and gutsy.


  2. And, of course, my own heroines (Detour Trail, Strike Three, Cold New Planet, Crystal Quest, etc.) are able to hold their own when fighting or just persevering.


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