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Mattie Ross: A Portrait of Feminist Heroism or Traditional Masculinity? - October 24, 2013 | by Kansas City Public Library
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Mattie Ross: A Portrait of Feminist Heroism or Traditional Masculinity? - October 24, 2013

Is True Grit’s Mattie Ross a genuine feminist hero or a merely a woman who mimics traditional masculinity?

 

Panelists Brenda Bethman, Adrianne Russell, and Crystal Gorham Doss - led by moderator Jane Wood - discussed the concept of the female hero and how this image has evolved. They delved into questions of the media portrayal of women (with special note of the Western genre), diversity in female depiction of heroism, and current activism in the Kansas City area to empower women and girls.

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Taken on October 24, 2013