A free mini-class and resource list for writers who want to #smashpatriarchy
by Heather Jo Flores
We're studying the "tropes vs women" topic in my yearlong Heroine's Journey course, and it's the perfect subject for a free mini-class!
At the beginning of our course, (and also in the free intro course) we talked about the Flores test and the Bechdel test, and students were encouraged to make their own "is it feminist for reals?" test.
Keep those tests in mind as you explore these links.
Wait, what's a trope?
A trope is a formula for shaping a story. It's sort of like that story's "brand identity."
Let's start with this example of a trope we all know, the "epic tale." Read it through our heroine's eyes, would ya?
It's almost funny, right?
Now that you have your ecofeminist thinking cap all charged up, have fun with this labyrinth! Just hop around a bit and see what you find. Notice that “hero’s journey” is listed as but one of many tropes but truly, as I am sure you have noticed, the overarching theme pervades them all.
Now that you’ve gotten acquainted, explore some of these common tropes and ask yourself why they might be harmful to women. And is it possible to use these as tools, without falling into the traps they present?
Finally, add this bit of essential reading/watching, “Tropes vs Women to the top of your list. It's really well done and such an important conversation.
Once you've had a right deep dive in that rabbit hole I just showed you, do some freewriting.
Ask yourself these questions:
Come and share what comes up for you in our free public discussion group, and as always, feel free to write to me directly, anytime.
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