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Response to Why We Need "Ugly" Heroines:
I think part of the author of this article’s point, which many seem to miss, is that the main issue with always or usually portraying women as pretty in these books becomes a major plot poit, where other characters in the book would value the girl or woman less if she wasn’t pretty, giving the impression that someone in the real world that others don’t find attractive would not survive or thrive like in the story. even if the author of a book does choose to make a character pretty, that quality does not need to be made an inherent part to the success of her story arc. In contrast, imagine how ridiculuous it would seem if harry potter was viewed more strongly because of his manly beauty, with that being a big factor in his eventual defeat of voldemort! it would seem ridiculous and somewhat degrading. Now obvioulsy there are times when physical attactiveness does play a part in someones life, but the point is that in these books it does not need to be so very widespread and common as a theme, because it limiting and makes us focus on the superficial. Therefore, the point that this author makes about variety is very well made; we don’t always need ugly heroes, we don’t always need pretty heroes, and we don’t always need no description at all.
they are talking about living culture. and Egyptian culture began around maybe 3500 b.c., Roman civilization traditionally credited to 753 b.c. Homo sapiens (that i s, us modern humans) appeared in Africa between 150,000 and 300,000 years ago. middle eastern culture, with human farming and such in the fertile crescent, began around 8,000 b.c. Unfortunately, your timeline of early history, and prehistory, is more than a little off.
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