SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) Youre not being politically correct if you refer to Xena, the Warrior Princess or Wonder Woman as heroes the preferred term is sheroes.
A least thats what Varla Ventura, a feminist activist in San Francisco is hoping will happen.
Ventura thinks powerful female role models should be called sheroes instead of heroes and shes hoping to get dictionaries on her side.
Shes urging people to write letters to the editors of the Merriam-Websters Dictionary demanding that they add shero to the latest edition.
Ventura says the word hero reeks of masculine overtones while the feminine form heroine sounds like the name of a narcotic drug.
The term shero was coined in 1981 by Spellman College President Johnetta B. Cole, but has since been picked up by Oprah Winfrey who occasionally uses the word on her talk show.
Ventura is the author of a new book called Sheroes: Bold, Brash and Absolutely Unabashed Superwomen (Conari Press).
CONTACT: Varla Ventura, ***; Arrange thru Nina Lesowitz; Berkeley, CA; (510) ***-****
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