For years I’ve tried to understand Joseph Campbell’s work on the hero’s journey. He studied literature from all over the world and found twelve elements in every good story. Many authors now say there is a “Female hero’s journey” and it’s different from the male hero’s journey.
I remember when there was a lot of buzz about “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” It used to upset me – it seemed vaguely sexist – that men and women are intrinsically different. It felt to me like saying, “Girls can’t do math,” which I know is ridiculous.
My original idea was that women could go through the steps of the hero’s journey just as well as a man could. But the more I read, I think there is something different here. Maybe it’s in the way women accomplish their goals.
I’ve ordered an interesting sounding book called The Virgin’s Promise: Writing Stories of Feminine Creative, Spiritual and Sexual Awakening by Kim Hudson. And I working my way through an interesting article called The Feminine Hero Of The Silence Of The Lambs. It’s by Jane Alexander Stewart, Ph.D. and it’s fascinating. You can find it at http://www.cinemashrink.com/silenceofthelambs.html
I’d like your opinion…and advice.
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