Are you a Hero or a Shero?

Canada
December 30, 2007 7:33pm CST
I say some words are simply unisex and Hero is one of them. Hero is a word that is perfect in and of itself. It does not need a counterpart. The word Hero speaks for all people, hence the term unisex. So why, tell me why some people have felt the need to force the issue of this so called new word Shero.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
31 Dec 07
females who are heroic are properly called hero/ines - but I think that word has fallen out of use anymore. just as you no longer hear the word actress being used. its too bad, really, this androgynous world we live in.
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• Canada
31 Dec 07
I think it is simply that we don't hear it that often. I have heard people use it but surprisingly not so much on the tv. Like talks shows tend to say Hero when they honor someone. Unless of course you are Oprah. I feel like she started this word but really I can't remember where I heard it first.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
13 Jan 08
thank you for honoring me with the b.r. my dear
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
31 Dec 07
How are women supposed to be viewed as equals if we make up new female versions of so called male words. Instead of making new ones that only highlight the differences why can't we just continue to let all the "female" words go the way of stewardess, waitress, and secretary.
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• Canada
31 Dec 07
I agree with you too. When I did acting I always called myself an Actor. A lot of people would correct me and say Actress. I always said, nope... I'm an Actor. Is there a male counterpart to secretary? I always thought that this was a non-gender word.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
31 Dec 07
No not really, that one didn't exactly follow the same thought pattern. It's just "secretary" always implied a woman because it used to be a women only job but now that men are in the field also that position is usually called "assistant" or some other more modern gender neutral title.
• Canada
31 Dec 07
What ? I have never heard of that word , sounds like some kinds TV show or something . Hero has always applied to both sexes, I see no need to change it now .
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• Canada
31 Dec 07
I have to agree with you. I think for women to be making a point about having their own unique word to Hero just shows how petty they are. Plus they already had the unique word which someone already mentioned (Heroine). I was just so turned off by Oprah as I watched her show yesterday. Even though I have to admit the weight lost stories were amazing and those people are Hero's and Heroine's to many people who watched and will be affected by their triumphant victory in the battle of weight loss!
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
31 Dec 07
That does sound silly. I really hate it when I have to write, "Now supposing you have to meet him or her." If I say "hero" then the feminists get mad, but if I say "shero" then the males get mad, so should one say this, 'the hero entered the room and rescued the infant from the clutches of Zargath. Oh by the way, a shero was going to rescue the infant, but she had to fight Zargath's minions----" I will calm down after I finish laughing. :)
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• Canada
31 Dec 07
Okay..so the truth be known I saw this on Oprah. I am not sure she started it but maybe she did. If she did what does this say about her. That she is so insecure that she can not even share a word with a man let alone a marriage. Does Oprah and others not see clearly there is no need to be intimidated by the word Hero! To day I watched a recorded Oprah show and she used this word constantly when introducing women. Will I was so turned off by this that it was all I could think about and had to keep rewinding the show to hear what they were actually talking about. They say it is because of HE being the dominate word in Hero; will if they look one letter further they would see the word Her if they want to get picky about it maybe they can just say that Her is the more dominant word as it is longer then He. H E R O hence forth the word Hero for the brave souls that do something extraordinary for this world. Will How ridiculous and childish is this so called word Shero. Some times I am amazed with how so called mature women reveal their immaturities!
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@Monkeyrose (2850)
• Canada
31 Dec 07
I agree with you that many words don't need a counter part. Its an old latin language thing. french and Spanish also have female and male versions of the same words. However I'm not sure sure what this word Shero is?I've never heard of it. There is already a word for female Heros already in the English language. her·o·ine
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• Canada
31 Dec 07
Yes that is true to. I totally forgot about that when I wrote the discussion. Maybe Oprah forgot there was a word for a female Hero as well. I wrote in the next comment what prompted me to write this discussion if you want to read it. Thanks for the reply!