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Uneven about heroines

Marte Spurkland and Arnhild Skre pay tribute to their heroines in their own book, but their message is that women must find solutions on their own, our reviewer writes.


Arnhild Skre and Marte Spurkland have each written a book about heroines. Spurkland has interviewed the elderly Guardian First Ladies, while Skre has conducted "intense sentimental reading of literature" to find theirs. What right do I have to criticize other ladies' heroines? All right, for both take their mouths full when they say they should consult everyone with innovative thinking.

Sentimental stories

In the preface to Fire and Water – Norwegians in South America Kjartan Fløgstad describes the difference between male and female sources as follows: “As oral cellars, it often seems that older men develop an anecdotal way of thinking in which memory and experiences from a long life are embodied in three to four permanent narrative forms. The women are less anecdotal, more morally and more politically correct narrators. Where many men would sell grandma to get a good story, just as many women dictate her to get a good morale. "

It is perhaps well known that men exaggerate their own courage and size of the catch, while women exaggerate and are most concerned with their moral reputation. Women's stories are sentimental, and men's stories. . .

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