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Heroines who tug at my heartstrings

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13.03.2020

It was a privilege to watch Maria Sharapova in her heyday. Picture: Shutterstock

If there is something star-gazingly idealistic and fanciful (and I hope there is) about my current rapt admiration of Jacinda Ardern and Greta Thunberg then it derives from a strong delight I take in heroines.

Manly heroes are all very well (men like Spartacus, Biggles, Buffalo Bill, Edmund Hillary, Bear Grylls and Scott Morrison). Yet I have a developed feminine side that leaves me a little underwhelmed by blokey achievements.

So for example I don't see what of any worth or importance was achieved by Hillary being the first person to climb Everest. Why not, my inner woman wonders, leave the dear mountain alone, admiring and respecting it (perhaps writing shy poems about it) from a distance? Generally, heroines' achievements seem, though often less showy than men's, more substantial, more profound, less silly.

One under-discussed feature of these awful times is that we have few, if any, true heroes and heroines to worship. Evolutionary psychologists diagnose that we have evolved to need to have admirable people to admire, people whose examples lift the cultural/survival........

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