Dear Feminocracy Readers,
I realize I haven’t properly introduced myself – I was simply too excited at the prospect of joining the incredible Feminocracy team to slow down and write a proper ‘Hello, my name is Habladora‘ post. I apologize for the incredible lack of social grace.
My usual blogging gig is writing for The Feminist Underground, where I’m part of a blogging-team of women with very diverse interests and perspectives on feminism. I’ve also blogged a bit for Feministe (which was a blast!). I’m one of the few citizens of the United States who can claim a true passion for bread pudding, and my left ear is pointed like an elf’s.
Now for the favor-asking part of this ‘hello’ post – that’s how introductions usually work, right? Step 1: Say your name. Step 2: Tell a bit about yourself. Step 3: Ask for a favor. So, here goes:
I’m in the process of writing a children’s novel. Of course, I want a strong female protagonist with whom the kids will want to identify, but… the story is based on legends from the 8th century – not the most liberated time for women in most parts of the world. Naturally, I’m fictionalizing the world a bit to get around the ‘she couldn’t have done that!’ moments – but I’m feeling conflicted about how to balance creating a world that feels real, and creating a character with whom modern children can easily identify. Oh, and the story spans three continents, so she’s going to have to be kick-ass in several different cultures. I need advice – do I point out the challenges that faced women at the time? I don’t want the character to be cool ‘even though’ she’s a girl – I just want her to be an interesting character who is female. Dose anyone have any recommendations of children’s books that do this well? Anyone care to recommend some favorite childhood characters from books or films? Can anyone recommend some children’s fiction that did a good job of presenting diverse cultures to readers without falling into the trap of reveling in the ‘exotic’?