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Gendered Heroism?

January 9th, 2008     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

There’s a piece in Psychology Today that claims “feminine heroics are private, fueled by empathy rather than displays of physical strength and power:”

Think Harriet Tubman or Mother Teresa. Female risk-taking may not be flamboyant, but it’s just as, well, risky: not the stuff of superheroes but no less heroic, in the end.

This is certainly not the first time Psychology Today has made some problematic gender assumptions with very little data or research to back up the claims, and I’m not alone in thinking so.

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