Is Heroism about Strength?

GreatestamericanheroI was looking WAY back in the Blurb, and I saw a post called “More on Heroes.” It was pretty cool–but if you didn’t notice it was sexist.

Not the author himself, but the dictionary entry he used.

Quote, “A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.” It mentioned a man could be a hero, but what about women. I am not a woman myself; I am a Wicked Awesome Monkey Dude. But all men and women equal, that’s what I was raised hearing.

Why aren’t women classified as heroes as often as men?


Ever thought about that?


Men always make comments such as,"Girls aren’t as physicly fit as boys." But is it always strength that should define a hero? Many people grew up on super hero TV shows and movies. So the first thing that comes to their head when you say hero is Superman or Spiderman.


This is the real world, not the latest episode of Batman!


In this world, you can’t shoot webs out of your hands, you can’t use heat vision. A hero is an opinion, so anyone can be a hero, if they are willing to! Often times, parents are there children’s hero. Teachers can be heroes. Preachers can be heroes.


It all comes down to you.


So don’t worry if you don’t have a S across your chest and wear a big red cape, you can still be a hero. A super hero and a hero aren’t the same thing!




The Wicked Awesome Monkey Dude

Image retrieved from on April 8, 2008.


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7 Responses to Is Heroism about Strength?

  1. Henrietta the princess says:

    Wicked Awesome monkey dude said that the dictionary definition of heroe was twisted in favor of men, but that doesnt necesarily make human kind entirely sexist. Infact, When I just now looked up American Heroes on Google, the first search result was about Harriet Tubman. To me a Hero is someone who is important as a role model to you personally, and super hero is a fictional super human. How many kids do you know that will say their Hero is Spiderman?? As times are changing, I think female expectations are too. Now Females are soldiers, something quite a few people consider to be INCREDIBLE heroes, so might it be interesting to find the copyright date on the dictionary that was used???
    Sighned, Henrietta the princess

  2. Hey Monkey Dude,
    I can see how you think that the definition might be sexist, but I don’t think that the word “man” is actually referring to the male gender. But instead, man can be used to represent the human race.
    Have you ever heard what Neil Armstrong Said on the moon? He said “One small step for a man, one large step for man-kind.”
    I don’t think that he was talking about men, but I think he was talking about humans.
    Good post though!

  3. Steve H. says:

    Henrietta made a point,but missed mine. You see, she said,”How many people do you know will say that their hero is Spiderman.” True, but how many people do you know will say that spiderman IS a hero?
    P.S.(Google doesn’t number sites on how similar they are to what you typed. They number it by what website they think you will enjoy most!)
    ___________________________The wicked awesome monkey dude

  4. I agree that anyone could be a hero, but I don’t agree that a hero is an opinion. Is Hitler a hero? Or Lex Luthor? They certainly have exceptional abillities and even courage, but they don’t have noble qualities. They’re not heroes but villains.
    OK,some smarty might say that they’re admired by some people, but they would be admired only by other villains. Bad people can never be heroes, only villains.

  5. Shakesphere says:

    But if everyone is a hero for doing good deeds or risking there life, who are the citizens? Can a hero save a hero, or is hero only a hero to one person?

  6. F.O.B says:

    Hey Monkey Dude….
    Two things: One, go back and look at your comment that you left…there is something that shouldn’t be there… And two, I went back and read the original post and the definition again, and it didn’t actually sound like someone with super strength or a super hero.
    It sounded like the hero that we are trying to portray. In the first part, it said, “A man of distinguished courage or ability.”
    You may not realize it, but that is pretty much what we are saying, just in different words.
    So don’t try to go and act all big and bad, criticizing definitions in the dictionary.
    Because in this case, you are wrong.
    If you would have taken the time to read the definition thoroughly, this post wouldn’t be up.
    We wouldn’t be here talking.
    P.S. You would think that the people who came up with the definitions for the dictionary would have a bit of sense right?
    Get back to me on that…. Bye now

  7. Yo, FOB, all I said about the other post was the sexist comment. I didn’t say that post said SUPER HERO. That was my comment on what a lot of people think.
    Sorry for the misunderstanding,
    The wicked awesome monkey dude

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